Parks & Nat Resources / Recreation

How do I get information on Canker Hotline?

Abandoned Vessel or Boat

How do I report an abandoned vessels or boat?


Are food and drinks allowed at the County pools?
Are there lockers at the County pool facilities?
Can I rent the County splash pads and pools for private parties?
Can inflatables be used in County pools?
Do the County pools offer swim lesson?
Do you allow smoking or vaping at the County pools?
Is there an age requirement for youth swimmers to be in pool facility without parents?
Is there an entry fee for the County pools and splash pads?
Where are the County pool hours listed?
Which County pools are open during the winter months?


How do I reserve and rent a County athletic field?
How many athletic fields do you have in Manatee County?
How many playfields do Parks maintain?
How much does the County charge to rent an athletic field?

Beach Renourishment/Updates/

What are the current beach renourishment updates?

Environmental Issues

How do I find out more about water quality in streams, rivers, and bays of Manatee County?
How do I report algae in a stream or other natural waterbody?
How do I report algae in my retention pond?
There are fish dying in the canal or bayou near my home. What can I do?


Mangrove trimming

Fertilizer Ordinance

I am a professional fertilizer applicator, what do I need to operate in Manatee County?
I am a professional landscaper, what do I need to work in Manatee County?
I use reclaimed water for irrigation. Does that affect how I use fertilizer?
What fertilizer can I buy at the retail stores?
What fertilizer is allowed to be applied in Manatee County?
Where can I learn more about obtaining the certifications needed for commercial landscaping or fertilizer application?
Who should I contact if I see someone doing something in violation of the fertilizer ordinance?

G.T. Bray Recreation Center

Do I need to be a member to use the G.T. Bray Recreation Center facility?
Does the G.T. Bray Recreation Center honor Silver Sneakers or Renew Active, and what programs are included?
Does the G.T. Bray Recreation Center provide child watch?
What are the G.T. Bray Recreation Center hours of operation?

General Inquiry - Parks & Natural Resources

Beach Wedding Permit
Florida Department of Environmental Protection/Mangroves
How do I get information on "Keep Manatee Beautiful"?
How do I get information on Agricultural Museum and Historical Park?
How do I get information on Arbor Day?
How do I get information on Archaeology – Bill Burger?
How do I get information on Audobon Society?
How do I get information on Bald Eagle Monitoring?
How do I get information on Beaches – no dogs allowed on Gulf beaches?
How do I get information on Bee removal (all charge a fee)?
How do I get information on Bishop Museum of Science & Nature?
How do I get information on Parks & Natural Resources Dept. Staff?


Can I throw used oil filters into my regular garbage?
How do I dispose of my household hazardous wastes such as unwanted pesticides, paints, pool chemicals?
How do I identify my wastes?
I have two locations for my businesses, can I keep all my records together in one location?
I put my used antifreeze directly in with my used oil, is this correct?
I use acetone (or any solvent) on disposable rags and throw them out when they are dry, is this a proper disposal method?
I use green tip "environmentally friendly" fluorescent bulbs, can they be put in the regular trash/garbage?
If I take my used oil to an auto parts store for community collection, how can I prove it?
Now that I have established my business as an SQG (small quantity generator), what must I do?
The SQG (small quantity generator) requirements seem extensive, what other options can I consider?
What are the main functions of the SQG (Small Quantity Generator) Program?
What at my business in considered "Hazardous Waste"?
What is a hazardous waste manifest?
What is a material safety data sheet?
What is an SQG (Small Quantity Generator)?
What is the county pollutant stroage tank law?
What types of wells require a construction permit in Manatee County?
What waste containers need to have labels?
Where can I find a good source for additional information on small quantity generator requirements?

Marine Resources

Beach Market at Coquina Beach


How do I get information on Mining info – Parks & Natural Resources?
Once mining is completed, what happens to the land? What is reclamation?
What are Mineral Rights? How do I know if a property I am interested in buying has Mineral Rights?
What companies perform Phosphate Mining in Manatee County?
What regulations govern mining in Manatee County?
What type of mining occurs in Manatee County?
Where are the phosphate mines in Manatee County?
Who do I contact regarding mineral rights owned by Mosaic

Parks Operations

Beach Wedding Permit


Beach Wedding Permit
How do I reserve and rent a pavilion in a County park or preserve?


Can I bring my dog to a County preserve?
Can I rent bikes in the County preserves?
Can I rent kayaks in the County preserves?
What times and hours are the County preserves open and how much do they cost to enter?

Racquet Sports

When is drop-in pickleball at G.T. Bray Recreation Center?

Special Event Permits

Beach Wedding Permit
How do I reserve a park for a wedding or other ceremony?

Stormwater Pollution Prevention

Can I discharge my laundry wastewater to my yard?
What can be discharged to the storm drain?
Who do I contact about dead fish in my retention pond?
Who should I contact if I see someone doing something in violation of the stormwater ordinance?

Youth Camps

Does the G.T. Bray Recreation Center offer summer or holiday camps for kids?
How much does a membership cost at G.T. Bray Recreation Center, and what does it include?

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