Anna Maria Island 2 Minute Beach Clean

Anna Maria Island – Across the shores of the world on every continent people have been participating in a fun, not so new, environmental movement called the two minute beach clean. From Russia to Australia, Ireland to Florida, and even Antarctica; when people head to the coast they are participating in the two minute beach clean.

In 2009 Martin Dorey of Cornwall England started a non profit organization called the beach clean network to support the two minute beach clean campaign. An avid lover of the beach and long time beach cleaner, Martin Dorey became discouraged when he felt his efforts weren’t enough to keep up with the constant stream of trash found on the shoreline. Martin Dorey though if he could get more people to pitch in the problem could be minimized, so he turned to social media. Martin Dorey began by tweeting out pictures of his findings from his trips to the shore, and eventually others started to catch on sharing their own pictures.

Now, six years after it began, the two minute beach clean has become a global campaign. Martin Dorey’s Beach Clean Network is completely run by volunteer efforts with the exception of a small grant from the organization Sea Changers  to assist in building the Beach Clean Network website.


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Trash found on Anna Maria Island by local beach clean organization Heart the Sea

What is the two minute beach clean?

The two minute beach clean is exactly what is sounds like. When you get to the beach take two minutes and pick up as much trash as you can carry. When picking up trash be sure to always keep safety in mind. Gloves are a good idea during your beach clean, but not totally necessary. Always supervise children, and use caution when handling sharp objects. Buckets are a better container to hold trash as bags tear, and are less environmentally sound. When cleaning the beach if you come across dead or injured animals be sure not to touch it and contact the proper wildlife organization such as the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissions Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922.

Why participate in the two minute beach clean?

You may think two minutes isn’t enough time to make a difference, but if everyone participates the impact is effective. Ridding beaches of litter is important to the health and economy of the world. Trash doesn’t only affect ocean life, but the health and well being of the human population. Plastics are of particular harm to the environment as they break down into pieces so tiny even plankton and other small forms of life mistake it as food. Plastic takes thousands of years to biodegrade, and leach toxins and chemicals in the process. All marine life is threatened by plastic; In fact, a new study conducted by the PNAS estimates that by 2050 up to 99% of Seabirds will be eating plastics.

The Take Away.

Next time you make a trip to the gorgeous shores of Anna Maria Island ask yourself if you have two minutes of time to spare. Chances are, since you are spending leisure time soaking up sun, splashing in clear gulf waters and relaxing on powder sand beaches, you probably have two minutes of your day to spare. Spending the day in tropical island paradise peppered with litter isn’t the ideal way to enjoy a day at the beach, so do your part, and join the two minute beach clean campaign today!


Anna Maria Island Beach Clean
When you participate in a beach clean post images of your finds to social media using #BeachCleanAMI or #AnnaMariaIsland to let locals know about your efforts. Use #2minutebeachclean to share your finds with the global Beach Clean Network.

Anna Maria Island beach clean-ups

Photos from the Heart the Sea Beach Clean UpAnna Maria Island – The city of Anna Maria and independent organizations in Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach will be holding Anna Maria Island beach clean-ups during the last weeks of March.

Coquina Beach Clean Up

The Tampa Bay Watch Coastal Cleanup of Coquina Beach is asking you to come and help clean the beach on March 21st from 9am until noon. Bring your own gloves, hats and sunscreen as the Tampa Bay Watch will provide trash bags and trash grabbers. The meeting location is 2650 Gulf Drive, Bradenton, FL 34217. Email Michelle Leahy at or call at 941-748-4501 ext. 6035 with questions about the clean up. Help keep the beach clean and the wildlife safe!

Anna Maria Beach Clean Up

Taking place on March 28th  starting at the south end of Bayfront Park in the city of Anna Maria at 8am. Bring your own bag or trash can, gloves and anything else you may need. Large items can be placed on the roadside for pickup. For more information call the public works department at 941-708-6130 ext. 26.

Manatee Beach Clean Up

Heart the Sea will be holding a beach clean up at the Manatee Public Beach on March 28th from 4-6pm. Heart the Sea will provide blue plastic gloves, so bring your own bags and grabbers. After the clean up is done head over to Swordfish Grill just over the Cortez Bridge for a free drink when you bring in your blue glove. Manatee Public Beach is located at 4000 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach. Swordfish Grill is located at 4628 119th St W in Cortez. Find out more by emailing or on the Heart the Sea Facebook page.

Support Beach clean-up efforts with new local non-profit organization Heart the Sea.

Anna Maria Island – Heart the Sea, a new local non-profit organization invites all to help clean the beach on February 28th at 4PM starting under Longboat Pass at the Southern tip of Coquina Beach located at 2650 Gulf Drive in the City of Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island. Beach cleaners are encouraged to bring a bucket, no plastic bags, and wear closed toed shoes. Gloves and a few extra buckets will be available. Afterwards, Cleaners are invited to Heart the Sea Sponsor Swordfish Grill; cleaners who bring their cleaning glove to Swordfish Grill will be rewarded with one free drink. Swordfish Grill is located at 4628 119th Street West, Cortez, FL 34215.

Jeff Higgins the Marketing Director at Swordfish Grill says, “We stand by Heart the Sea because just like us, they believe in making sure this natural habitat where we all live and we all love, stays that way for future generations to enjoy”

To stay up to date on Beach Clean ups follow Heart the Sea on Facebook or Twitter Contact Jenny Stonehouse at 941-702-4SEA.

 Heart the Sea Beach Clean-UpHeart The Sea exists for the protection of the Ocean and it’s inhabitants by raising awareness for waterway and beach health. Our vision is for the change of human habits for the benefit of the ocean and it’s animals.

Beach clean-ups are where tourists and locals alike can share a love for the ocean. To be intentional about picking up litter has changed people; Newbies to Heart the Sea beach clean-ups, even children, cannot help themselves from picking up litter whenever they see it after attending one of the clean-ups. All litter eventually ends up in the ocean unless intercepted, and many volunteers are surprised to collect about 5-10 lb of trash per bucket.

Founder of Heart the Sea Jenny Stonehouse elaborates on Heart the Sea and beach clean ups, “About a year ago, I met Hank the Heron on the 77th street beach access with fishing line around his ankle. Hank was wobbling begging the nearby fisherman for food. I called the AMI Wildlife Rescue who came out to try and catch Hank. The volunteer was unsuccessful as Hank did not want to be caught! In my conversation with AMI Wildlife Rescue I discovered that they had been trying to catch Hank for a while. Sadly, Hank did his best to fly down the beach only to be pummeled by another territorial Heron. Heart The Sea was born in my heart on that day. Because fishing line and other harmful items are found and discarded each month, Heart the Sea beach clean-ups are important to the health of our Beaches. Supporting Heart the Sea’s cause means increasing efforts to clean the beach and educating tourists and locals in reducing trash on our beach. We meet, we clean-up, and we go have a drink.”

For several months now Jenny and a small group of Volunteers have been meeting in various parts of Anna Maria Island for clean-ups. Recently, Jenny submitted Heart the Sea’s articles of incorporation to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization making Heart the Sea a truly impactful facilitator of clean beaches. In Celebration of Heart the Sea’s new beginning, Jenny will be set up at The Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach February 22nd from 10am-3pm. Jenny will not only be passing out information and recruiting volunteers, but as an artist, Jenny will be selling her artwork with 50% of the proceeds going directly to Heart the Sea.