Turn the Tide on Trash at the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup on October 1

International Coastal Cleanup logo Don your gloves, shades and sunscreen – it’s time for the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup!  Join the world’s largest volunteer ocean and waterways cleanup to help us turn the tide on trash.

When
Saturday, October 1 from 9:00 a.m. to noon

Where
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

Bradenton:

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

Cortez:

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

North Manatee County:

  • Terra Ceia Bay with Wildlife Rescue Service of Florida on U.S. 19 at northwest corner of bridge by Sea Hut’s Crab Trap

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
  • RE-SCHEDULED TO 10/22/16: 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 keep@manateebeautiful.com or call (941) 795-8272. Thank you for helping beautify Manatee County.  See you at the cleanup!

2016 Awards Celebration Limited Sponsor Opportunities

Sponsor opportunities are now available for Keep Manatee Beautiful’s 19th Annual Awards Celebration!  The celebration will be held on September 15 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.

Superintendent Diana Greene will deliver this year’s keynote address on the “School District of Manatee County’s Involvement to Keep Manatee Beautiful”.

Sponsor opportunities are limited, and the commitment form must be received no later than August 31, 2016, 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 2016 or thereafter by mail or online.  For more information, e-mail us at keep@manateebeautiful.com or call (941) 795-8272.

Thank You to Sponsors of the 2016 Keep Manatee Beautiful Golf Tournament

This year’s Keep Manatee Beautiful Golf Tournament on June 3 at Tara Golf & Country Club raised $13,547.  The proceeds will be used to promote community awareness and involvement in litter prevention, recycling and beautification throughout Manatee County.  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 2017 Golf Tournament is Friday, June 2.  To be involved, e-mail keep@manateebeautiful.com or call (941) 795-8272.

Event Sponsors

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Concessions Sponsors

PepsiLogo           MichULTRA_RedRibboncallahan-tire

Media Sponsors

Bradenton Herald logo 2014               BrighthouseLogo

Hole Sponsors

Bilfinger Industrial Services
Bright House Networks
CH2M

Tee/Green Sponsor

Milton J. Wood Company

Sign Sponsor

Peace River Electric Cooperative

Mulligan Stick Sponsors

Michelin North America

 

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 from Superintendent Diana Greene with the School District of Manatee County.  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.

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.

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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.