Thank You to 2016 SandBlast Sponsors & Teams!

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Keep Manatee Beautiful thanks our 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 – High School-Adult Div.

1st Place
Manatee School for the Arts Team 1
Sponsor – Waste Connections
Sculpture Name – Unity

Runner-up
Team – Inspiration Academy
Sponsor – Dignity Memorial
Sculpture Name – Inspiration, Dignity & Freedom

Wildlife Category – High School-Adult Div.

1st Place
Team – Bradenton Christian High School Art Dept.
Sponsor – Linger Longer
Sculpture Name – Bee With Us Forever

Runner-up
Team – Manatee Technical College
Sponsor – Innovate Florida
Sculpture Name – Toothless

Wildlife Category – Elementary-Middle School Div.

1st Place
Team – Oasis Middle School
Sponsor – Mosaic
Sculpture Name – Pretty Wildlife

Runner-up
Team – YMCA
Sponsors – Ad-VANCE Talent Solutions
Sculpture Name – Shark Attack

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2016 America Recycles Day at SandBlast

Assemble your team of sculptors – it’s a fun-raiser for
KEEP MANATEE BEAUTIFUL
a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting community awareness and involvement
in litter prevention, recycling and beautification throughout Manatee County.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, Florida
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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 Entry Form to register by November 14.
We will send you an invoice in January 2017.

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Free Form or Wildlife

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Divisions

Elementary-Middle School or High School-Adult

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 17 and 18 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

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Team Sandtastic Music Sculpture (348x412)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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.
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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.