MANATEE Co., Fla.(WWSB) – Keep Manatee Beautiful announced the launch of the 2017 Great American Cleanup countywide on Saturday in Manatee County.
In honor of Earth Day from 9 a.m. through noon, volunteers can help out the community by participating in the Great American Cleanup. This year's theme is “Clean Your Block Party.”
The objective of “Clean Your Block Party” is to encourage local volunteers to build a sense of community pride with their family, friends and neighbors, while making a lasting, positive impact – block by block. Participating affiliates and partnering organizations will provide activity ideas and resources to help anyone conduct a Great American Cleanup event in their own neighborhood.
Adopt-A-Highway, Road and Shore groups will be doing cleanups at their adopted sites. More volunteers are needed to clean, beautify and improve roadsides, shores, parks and neighborhoods throughout Manatee County.
Other volunteers can help by arriving at 9 a.m. at any of the following cleanup block party locations which are posted at www.manateebeautiful.com. Bring gloves, sunscreen and wear closed toe shoes.
The trash bags, drinks and thank-you gifts will be provided.
Anna Maria Island and Village of Cortez
- 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.
City of Bradenton
- Historic Wares Creek at Bradenton Woman’s Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W.
City of Palmetto
- City Hall at 5th Avenue West & 10th Street West. Palmetto will also have a dumpster at this location to bring trash from your Clean Your Block Party. No tires, hazardous waste, household appliances or construction materials.
North and East Manatee County
- Terra Ceia with Wildlife Rescue Service of Florida on U.S. 19 at northwest corner of bridge by Sea Hut’s Crab Trap
- 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 the river
- Old Braden River Historical Society at King Ranch Manatee, 4630 60th St. E. – bring your canoe, kayak or power boat to clean the river
In 2016, Keep Manatee Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup 2,981 participants:
- Removed 25,092 thousands of pounds of litter and debris for safer, cleaner communities;
- Cleaned 571 miles of streets, highways, trails, waterways and shorelines;
- Collected more than 9,980 thousands of pounds of items for recycling or reusing, including PET plastic bottles; and
- Planted 16 trees and 182 native shrubs to strengthen a community’s green infrastructure on the following week for National Arbor Day.
Cleanup volunteers helping on Anna Maria Island, and nearby in the Village of Cortez and Palma Sola Causeway will be thanked with an Earth Day Party at Manatee Public Beach (4000 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL) compliments of Anna Maria Island Beach Café.