MANATEE COUNTY – Florida Arbor Day observances are occurring on the official date of Friday, January 17. The observances described below will recognize the value of trees to the 165 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.
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 Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee will be planting a Dahoon Holly donated by Keep Manatee Beautiful at the park on the northeast corner of 5th Avenue at the intersection of 38th Street. Parking is available on 37th Street going east from Gulf Drive to 5th Avenue.
10:00 a.m. The City of Anna Maria and Manatee County Government will continue enhancing Bayfront Park on Bay Boulevard south of the public restrooms by planting two oak trees.
1:00 p.m. The City of Bradenton will enhance Palma Sola Scenic Highway located on S.R. 64 West/Manatee Avenue West on the northeast side in between Palma Sola Boulevard and the pavilion area. Three Geiger trees and a Royal Poinciana will add color on this scenic highway with orange flowers. The trees were donated by Modern Woodmen of America, Myra Russell and Janice Ritchie.