The National Clean Beaches Coalition has awarded it’s highest rating of “Blue Waters” to the five beaches on Anna Maria Island. This certification is granted by the Washington D.C. based council. A ceremony was held Wednesday November 14th at Coquina Beach where the five “Blue Water” flags were given to city officials by coalition founder Walter McLeod signaling that our beaches are healthy and clean. These flags will fly over the certified beaches of Coquina Beach, Cortez Beach, Manatee and Holmes Beach and Anna Maria Beach.
These five local beaches were chosen based on criteria and extensive testing that include water quality, beach and intertidal conditions, safety, services, animal habitat conservation and erosion management. This Clean Beaches Coalition is the first national environmental certification of beaches.
Locals are thrilled yet not surprised at the award – we know we have the best and cleanest beaches anywhere!