Now Accepting Nominations for 2016 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 keep@manateebeautiful.com by June 30, 2016.

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 with the speaker to be announced in April.  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 keep@manateebeautiful.com or call (941) 795-8272.

Spring 2016 Events Include Make Every Day Earth Day Exhibits & Great American Cleanup

KMB Earth Day Exhibits at De Soto Heritage Festival SeaFood Fest

Saturday & Sunday, April 2 & 3, 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.
EveryDayEarthDay

Great American Cleanup Countywide

Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m. to Noon
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
  • Palmetto City Hall at 518 8th Ave. W.
  • Palmetto will also have trash drop off sites at three sites: 17th Street Park, 6th Street West between 10th & 11th Avenues in Sutton Park, 10th Street West & 5th Avenue West.

Great American Cleanup - Florida

2016 Florida Arbor Day on January 15

logos arbor dayKeep Manatee Beautiful wishes you a – Happy Arbor Day!  Trees have always played a crucial role in the long-term health, beauty and vitality of any thriving community. Enlarging our urban forest at public buildings, parks, preserves as well as on gateways and neighborhoods creates a positive impression reflective of the overall community’s quality of life, and is beneficial to residents and visitors alike.

Florida Arbor Day observances on today’s official date of Friday, January 15 included:

The City of Bradenton and Manatee County Government celebrated by honoring Chips Shore at the Manatee County Courthouse Square’s grand gumbo limbo on the northeast corner of 1115 Manatee Avenue West.
ArborDay Florida 2016 Cynthia & Carol Shore at Chips Shore grand gumbo limbo  ArborDay Florida 2016 Senior Forester Eric Strickland reading proclamation in honor of Chips Shore

The City of Holmes Beach Parks & ArborDay Florida 2016 City of Holmes BeachBeautification Committee planted one pond cypress tree to compliment the other three at Holmes Beach City Hall at 5801 Marina Drive donated by Keep Manatee Beautiful.

The City of Palmetto and Keep Manatee Beautiful planted a live oak donated by Turner Tree & Landscape to celebrate the “Fair of the Century” at the Manatee County Fairgrounds, 1402 14th Ave. W. in Palmetto, on the north end of the fairgrounds near the entertainment tent area.

ArborDay Florida 2016 City of Palmetto2  ArborDay Florida 2016 City of Palmetto4

The observances described above recognize the value of trees to the 164 communities from Florida and more than 3,400 communities nationwide that are currently a Tree City USA. The many benefits of being a Tree City include creating a framework for action, education, a positive public image, and citizen pride.Tree City USA logo color

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.

Thank You to 2015 SandBlast Sponsors & Teams!

Keep Manatee Beautiful thanks our 2015 sponsors and teams who sandblasted to support our programs and events that make visible differences to our community properties that improves people’s quality of life on Anna Maria Island and all of Manatee County through litter cleanup, landscaping and more.

This fun family event also celebrated America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day (officially on Nov. 15) dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products, so as to create a better natural environment.

Free Form Category

1st Place
Manatee School for the Arts Team 2
Sponsor – Linda Evans Photography
Sculpture Name – Standing with Paris

Runner-up
Team – The Hatchlings
Sponsor – Waste Pro
Sculpture Name – Turtles by the Sea

Wildlife Category

1st Place
Team – Bradenton Christian Art Dept.
Sponsor – Waste Pro
Sculpture Name – Stuck in the Mud

Runner-up
Team – Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee Co.
Sponsor – Bright House Networks
Sculpture Name – Alli Pig

Holiday Category

1st Place
Team – Southeast High School VPA Academy
Sponsor – Florida Power & Light Company
Sculpture Name – Day of the Dead

Runner-up
Team – Inspiration Academy NHS
Sponsors – Mowses Lawn Care, Studio 26 Productions, Super Pool Services of Manatee
Sculpture Name – Best Gift of All

2015 America Recycles Day at SandBlast

Assemble your team of sculptors – it’s a fun-raiser for
KEEP MANATEE BEAUTIFUL
a nonprofit organization dedicated to litter prevention, beautification
and environmental improvement throughout Manatee County.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, Florida
View the Event Poster

Sand Sculpting Contest

Check-in 8 a.m.
Sculpting 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Judging 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Awards 2 p.m.

Beverages & Snack Bags Provided!  Lots of Awards!  Great Family Fun In the Sun!
Download the Event Flyer and Registration Form to register by November 7.
We will send you an invoice in January 2016.

Sand Themes

Free Form, Wildlife or Holiday

Southeast HS VPA2nd Nautical Manatee HS Anchor

Divisions

School or Open

Sand Plots

$300 entry fee with up to 15 members per team. Collect $20 from each team member to pay the entry fee, OR contact a local business or organization and ask them to sponsor your team. If you need help with finding a sponsor, call Keep Manatee Beautiful.

Each 15′ x 15′ plot will be mounded with sand prior to the event.
Bring spades, shovels, buckets and trowels to create your winning sculpture.

Free Sand Sculpting Clinics

Learn the “Tips, Tricks and Techniques” of sand sculpture taught by master sculptors Team Sandtastic on Thursday and Friday, November 12 and 13 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Sand Pro Recycling

Team Sandtastic Music Sculpture (348x412)