Now Accepting Nominations for 2017 Awards Celebration – Due by June 30

Keep Manatee Beautiful is now accepting nominations for honorees of its 2016 Awards Celebration!  The celebration recognizes exceptional volunteer efforts in the beautification of Manatee County.  Nomination forms must be postmarked or e-mailed to by June 30, 2017.

More than 20 nomination categories are available and include schools, neighborhood communities, individuals, youth organizations and more.  At the Awards Celebration on September 15, 2016, 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 held at the IMG Academy Golf Club.  In addition to the awards presentations, the highlight of the evening is a keynote address from a surprise speaker.   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.

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23rd Annual Keep Manatee Beautiful Golf Tournament – June 2

Friday, June 2, 2017

Tara Golf & Country Club

6602 Drewry’s Bluff
Bradenton, FL 34203


Keep Manatee Beautiful is gearing up for our 23rd 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: May 15, 2017
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 and Silent Auction

Registration Information

To register for play or to be a sponsor by May 15, 2017  please complete the Golf Entry Form Brochure 2017 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 more than 10,000 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.

Take a Look at Last Year’s Players on our Website

2017 National Arbor Day on April 28

Citizens are invited to tree plantings planned for National Arbor Day on Friday, April 28. 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.

9:00 a.m.
The City of Anna Maria will be enhancing its City Pier at 100 N. Bay Blvd. with 5 green buttonwoods funded with a donation to Keep Manatee Beautiful from the Osceola Chapter NSDAR.

10:00 a.m.
The City of Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee will be planting 5 silver buttonwoods and 12 Texas sage at the basketball courts near 62nd St. W. and Marina Way
funded by Keep Manatee Beautiful.

11:00 a.m.
The City of Bradenton Beach activities will be at Lou Barolo Park on Highland Avenue at 4th Street North where 3 live oaks will be planted funded by the City’s Community Redevelopment Agency.

12:00 p.m.
Manatee County Government will be enhancing the entrance to Perico Preserve at 11700 Manatee Ave. W.  by planting 3 Southern red cedars. Elsewhere at Bennett Park, a Southern red cedar, bald cypress, sweet gum and slash pine will be planted.  The trees were funded with donations to Keep Manatee Beautiful from Ellenton Nursery Growers and Modern Woodmen of America.

1:00 p.m.
The City of Bradenton will honor Pat Gallo with a ceremony at Lewis Park – 3120 1st Ave. W. – where 3 Dahoon hollies will be planted with donations from Republican Women of Manatee County and The Trophy Case.

Elsewhere, already completed at Perico Bridge southeast shoreline of Palma Sola Scenic Highway/S.R 64 West are the plantings of 3 sand oaks, 1 Jamaican dogwood, 3 sea grape, 3 green buttonwood, 5 varnish leaf,  2 pigeon plum, 3 saffron plum, 5 red mangroves, and several native shrubs. Grading, shell, bollards and rope installation were also completed. These enhancements were made possible with funds from the Bradenton Tree Fund and Eaton Fund, as well as donations to Keep Manatee Beautiful from the Florida Native Plant Society,  Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, SMR Aggregates Inc. and Woodruff & Sons.

Spring 2017 Events Include Make Every Day Earth Day Exhibits & Great American Cleanup

KMB Earth Day Exhibits at De Soto Heritage Festival SeaFood Fest

Saturday & Sunday, March 25 & 26, Noon to 6:00 p.m.
10th Avenue West in Downtown Palmetto
Learn from the experts how to reduce waste, use water wisely, protect our natural resources and improve our urban forest. Bring the whole family for giveaways and activities to help keep Manatee County beautiful.

Great American Cleanup – Manatee County

Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m. to Noon

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Adopt-A-Highway, Road or Shore groups will be doing cleanups at their sites in Manatee County.  Other volunteers can do cleanups by checking in at 9 a.m. at:

          • Anna Maria City Hall at 10005 Gulf Dr.
          • Kingfish Boat Ramp on S.R. 64 W., west of drawbridge in Holmes Beach
          • F.I.S.H. Preserve at 11601 Cortez Road W.
          • Terra Ceia on U.S. 19 at northwest corner of bridge by Sea Hut’s Crab Trap I
          • Ray’s Canoe Hideaway at 1289 Hagle Park Rd. off Upper Manatee River
            Road – free boat launch & use of canoes on a first-come, first-serve basis to
            clean river
          • Historic Wares Creek at Bradenton Woman’s Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W.
          • Old Braden River Historical Society at King Ranch Manatee,
            4630 60th St. E., Bradenton – bring your canoe, kayak or power boat to clean river
          • City of Palmetto at 5th Avenue West & 10th Street West
            City of Palmetto will also have a dumpster at this location to bring trash from your Clean Your Block Party

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