Manatee Beaches Earn Clean Beaches Council “Blue Wave” Flag

The Clean Beaches Coalition awarded five “Blue Wave” flags to Manatee County in recognition of Anna Maria Island’s pristine beaches on November 14, 2012.  The five beaches recogniezed are:

  • Cortez Beach
  • Manatee Beach
  • Coquina Beach
  • Holmes Beach
  • Anna Maria Beach

The beaches were certified by the Washington D.C.-based council in May. The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (BACVB) was presented with the “BLUE WAVE” flag at its National Tourism Luncheon on May 9. The certification designates Manatee County Beaches as healthy and clean.

The Blue Wave program is the first national environmental certification for beaches.  Now in its 13th year, the program is recognized as a reliable benchmark for well-maintained beaches and eco-friendly tourism. For more information on the Clean Beach Council, visit

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