Help Turn the Tide on Trash at the 2015 International Coastal Cleanup on October 3

International Coastal Cleanup logo Don your gloves, shades and sunscreen – it’s time for the 2015 International Coastal Cleanup!  Join the world’s largest volunteer ocean and waterways cleanup to help us turn the tide on trash.

Saturday, October 3 from 9:00 a.m. to noon

Adopt-A-Highway, Road and Shore groups will clean their adopted sites.  All other volunteers can participate at the following locations:

Anna Maria Island:

  • Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Dr.
  • Holmes Beach – Kingfish Boat Ramp, S.R. 64 W., west of drawbridge


  • Historic Wares Creek at Bradenton Woman’s Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W.


  • F.I.S.H. Preserve, 11601 Cortez Rd. W.

Rivers (requires use of canoes or kayaks):

  • Ray’s Canoe Hideaway, 1289 Hagle Park Rd. off Upper Manatee River Road – free boat launch & canoes on a first-come, first-service basis to clean this river
  • Old Braden River Historical Society, Jiggs’ Landing, intersection of Braden River Road and Linger Lodge Road – bring your own canoe, kayak or power boat to clean this river

What to bring
Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring your own gloves and sunscreen.  We also recommend hats and sunglasses.  We will provide trash bags and drinks. For more information, e-mail us at or call (941) 795-8272. Thank you for helping beautify Manatee County.  See you at the cleanup!

Thank You to Sponsors of the 2015 Keep Manatee Beautiful Golf Tournament

This year’s Keep Manatee Beautiful Golf Tournament on May 8 at Tara Golf & Country Club raised $14,443.  The proceeds will be used for litter prevention, beautification and environmental improvement of Manatee County’s community properties through increased community awareness, education and involvement.

As the community looks better, everybody benefits economically, environmentally and aesthetically.  We thank the following sponsors who fulfilled their roles in being part of the change to beautify our community’s image!

The 2016 Golf Tournament is Friday, June 3.  To be involved, e-mail or call (941) 795-8272.

Event Sponsors

APGlogo     cascade cart solutions-logoEDELogo     WMlogo     TOTER LOGO 2015     WasteProLogo
Concessions Sponsors

PepsiLogo      TropicanaLogo     MichULTRA_RedRibbon                                    callahan-tire

Media Sponsors

Bradenton Herald logo 2014               BrighthouseLogo

Hole Sponsor

Michelin North America

Tee/Green Sponsors

CDM Smith
Jones Edmunds & Associates, Inc.
Labor Ready
Steelgate, Inc.
United Rentals

Sign Sponsor

Bright House Networks

Mulligan Stick Sponsors

Ad-VANCE Talent Solutions
Royal Palm Car Wash


2015 Awards Celebration Limited Sponsor Opportunities

Sponsor opportunities are now available for Keep Manatee Beautiful’s 18th Annual Awards Celebration!  The celebration will be held on September 17 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the IMG Academy Golf Club.  In addition to the awards presentations, guests and sponsors will enjoy a keynote address, live tropical music, dinner and a cash bar.

Keep Manatee Beautiful holds the annual celebration to honor those who demonstrate community leadership through their contributions to litter prevention, beautification and environmental improvement in Manatee County.  Awards will be presented for public service, recycling, landscaping image and green schools, and are based on nominations that span more than 20 categories, from individuals to small businesses and more.

Sponsors are a vital part of the celebration’s success, not only through their generosity, but also because their attendance helps raise community awareness of and participation in environmental stewardship.  Several sponsor levels are available, from Bronze ($250) to Emerald ($1,500).  All sponsorships include event seating and a name or logo in the event program, depending on the sponsor level.  Exclusive benefits for Emerald sponsors are the opportunity to briefly speak at the podium and placement of their logo on the awards.

Rich Odell, IMG Academy’s Vice President of Student Affairs and IMG Academy Headmaster, will deliver this year’s keynote address, “IMG’s Involvement in Beautifying our Community’s Image”. He is regarded by many as an educational visionary. The school’s academic program and delivery are specifically designed to meet the college preparatory expectations of students and their families from 85 countries.

Sponsor opportunities are limited, and the commitment form must be received no later than July 31, 2015, for inclusion in the celebration’s promotional materials.  Please complete and mail, e-mail or fax your form to Keep Manatee Beautiful today to sponsor this exciting event!

Payment can be made in September 2015 by mail or online.  For more information, e-mail us at or call (941) 795-8272.

Now Accepting Nominations for 2015 Awards Celebration – Due by July 31

Keep Manatee Beautiful is now accepting nominations for honorees of its 2015 Awards Celebration!  The celebration recognizes exceptional volunteer efforts in the beautification of Manatee County.  Nomination forms must be postmarked or e-mailed to by July 31, 2015.

More than 20 nomination categories are available and include schools, neighborhood communities, individuals, youth organizations and more.  At the Awards Celebration on September 17, 2015, awards will be presented for public service, recycling, landscaping image and green schools.

The annual celebration honors award recipients with an enjoyable evening that includes live tropical music, dinner and a cash bar.  In addition to the awards presentations, the highlight of this year’s celebration is the keynote address by Rich Odell, IMG Academy’s Vice President of Student Affairs and IMG Academy Headmaster on “IMG’s Involvement in Beautifying our Community’s Image”.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with the celebration’s sponsors, who join Keep Manatee Beautiful in recognizing the award recipients.

Keep Manatee Beautiful encourages people to show appreciation for others by nominating them for an award.  Now is the time to speak up and nominate that special someone or group for going above and beyond!  The recognition fosters goodwill and the continued participation of those who give of themselves to help keep our community and environment beautiful and safe.

Complete details are available on the nomination form.  For more information, e-mail us at or call (941) 795-8272.

2015 National Arbor Day on April 24

Citizens are invited to tree plantings planned for National Arbor Day on Friday, April 24. These tree plantings events will recognize the value of trees to the 165 communities from Florida and thousands nationwide that are a Tree City/County USA.

Locally, Tree City USAs include Anna Maria, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Palmetto, and Manatee County as a Tree County USA. To become a Tree City/County USA, governments meet the following four requirements set by the National Arbor Day Foundation: a community must have a tree care ordinance, a legal tree governing body, a comprehensive urban forestry program and an Arbor Day observance.

In addition, educational DVDs and printed materials about “Selecting, Planting, and Maintaining Trees and Palms in Central Florida” will be distributed to homeowner and condominium associations, property managers, and tree care professionals of public and private properties. The production and printing of the materials were paid for by Keep Manatee Beautiful and an Urban and Community Forestry grant from the US Forest Service through the Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Forest Service.

9:30 a.m.
The City of Anna Maria and Manatee County Government will continue enhancing Bayfront Park’s pavilion area on Bay Boulevard by planting one green buttonwood, two Jamaican capers and two live oaks. One of the trees will be in remembrance of Leonard Conner from the Manatee Sailing Association whose Adopt-A-Shore is nearby. Earlier in the week two sabal palms and one Little Gem Southern magnolia tree will be planted at Palma Sola Scenic Highway Park to grace its new park sign on Manatee Avenue West at the intersection of 75th Street West. The trees are funded by Manatee County Government, Keep Manatee Beautiful, Osceola Chapter NSDAR and loved ones of Leonard Conner.

10:00 a.m.
The City of Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee will be planting a Key Thatch Palm at 37th Street/Magnolia Park closest to 5th Avenue donated by Keep Manatee Beautiful in remembrance of Bob McDuffie from Modern Woodmen of America.

11:00 a.m.
The City of Bradenton Beach Scenic WAVES will be celebrating on John Chappie Park at 1400 Gulf Drive where two sabal palms will be dedicated and native groundcover will be added done in partnership with the City of Bradenton Beach and Keep Manatee Beautiful.

1:00 p.m.
The City of Bradenton will enhance Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park on 9th Avenue West at the intersection of 6th Street West by planting two live oak trees. Park improvements, such as picnic tables, playground surface, benches, trash receptacles and barbeque grills, are planned with possible Community Block Grant funds.

2:00 p.m.
The City of Palmetto will be adding tree canopy with the planting of a Red Maple (Florida Flame) at Hidden Lakes Park, 1702 12th St. W.


21st Annual Keep Manatee Beautiful Golf Tournament – May 8

Friday, May 8, 2015

Tara Golf & Country Club

6602 Drewry’s Bluff
Bradenton, FL 34203


Keep Manatee Beautiful is gearing up for our 21st Annual Golf Tournament – our primary fundraiser for the year.  Get ready to have fun while helping Keep Manatee Beautiful! 

Attire: Collared shirt, no denim, soft spikes only
Format: Four-Person, Best-Ball Scramble
Deadline for Entry: April 24, 2015, but extended to May 5, 2015
Entry Fee includes: Greens fee, cart, range balls, team photo, goody bag, snacks and awards presentation

Contests Include

  • Low Gross & Runner-Up
  • Low Net & Runner-Up
  • Closest to the Pin/Longest Drive Men’s & Women’s
  • Putting Contest
  • Dice Roll

Golf Tournament Schedule

7:30 a.m. – Registration Begins, Complimentary Range Balls, Buy Mulligans/Raffle Tickets, Putt for Prizes
8:30 a.m. – Shotgun Start & Contests, Team Photos on Hole #9
12:30 p.m. – Awards with Snacks, Cash Bar, Raffle Prizes

Registration Information

To register for play or to be a sponsor by April 24, 2015  please complete the Golf Entry Form Brochure and make payment on our website or by mail to:

Keep Manatee Beautiful, Inc.
P.O. Box 14426
Bradenton, FL 34280

Proceeds Make Visible Environmental Enhancements

Keep Manatee Beautiful, a nonprofit organization and local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, is dedicated to promoting community awareness and involvement in litter prevention, recycling and beautification throughout Manatee County.

Keep Manatee Beautiful’s team of 8,594 volunteers is making visible improvements to the environmental quality of Manatee County’s public spaces – planting trees and landscaping, creating and enhancing parks, ridding litter from roads, shores and neighborhoods, removing graffiti and providing pollution prevention education to bus users, motorists, beach goers, boaters and anglers.

Golf Ad color revised 2015