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Anna Maria Island beaches receiving clean awards

By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter

The Concession Clean Beaches Coalition has certified Anna Maria Island beaches — from Bradenton Beach to Anna Maria — as “Blue Wave” beaches.

A ceremony takes place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Coquina Beach near the concession stand.

Coalition founder Walter McLeod will deliver five “Blue Wave” flags the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau that will be flown at the five beaches.

The beaches include Coquina Beach, Manatee Public Beach, Cortez Beach, as well as shoreline spots in Holmes Beach and Anna Maria Beach.

The beaches were inspected and certified by the coalition in May, a Manatee County government press release said.

Now in its 13th year, the “Blue Wave” program was the first national environmental certification for beaches, the release said.

The program’s benchmark for its designation is for well-maintained beaches and eco-friendly tourism.

The ceremony is open to the public.

Following the awards, attendees are invited to help with a cleanup of Coquina Beach hosted by Keep Manatee Beautiful.

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