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.
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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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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 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 or thereafter by mail or online.  For more information, e-mail us at keep@manateebeautiful.com or call (941) 795-8272.