Proclamation Request

The Manatee County Commission welcomes the opportunity to recognize exceptional individuals, groups, and events within the County. Proclamations and Certificates of Recognition are ceremonial documents issued by the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners to honor and celebrate events, recognize achievements, or increase public awareness of noteworthy causes, events, milestones, or achievements.

Proclamations can be issued for a day(s), week(s), or month. Personal Proclamations for individuals or businesses will not be accepted. Individual accomplishments of local significance are more appropriately recognized with a Certificate of Recognition or congratulatory letter. These public service documents are not legally binding nor do they constitute an endorsement by the County or the Commission.

Proclamation Requirements

Requests must be submitted by any Manatee County resident or group.

All requests for recognition must be submitted in writing at least three weeks (but no more than six months) prior to the date needed. Someone will contact you within seven days of your request. 

An organization does not have exclusive rights to the day(s), week(s), or month of their proclamation. Proclamations issued in previous years will not be automatically re-issued; a new request must be submitted and approved. The County reserves the right to modify or deny any request and to make exceptions to these guidelines.

What can proclamations be issued for?

Proclamations can be issued for:

  • Significant contributions and service to the community
  • Cultural or historical occasions
  • Charitable fundraising efforts
  • Centennial (100th) birthdays

Proclamations cannot be issued for:

  • Matters of political controversy, ideological or religious beliefs, or individual convictions
  • Anything that may suggest an official county position on a matter under consideration
  • Events or organizations with no direct relationship to Manatee County
  • Campaigns or events contrary to Manatee County policy or to the wellbeing of its citizens

A letter from an individual Commissioner is an alternative acknowledgment for occasions that do not meet the proclamation criteria.

Contact the County Commission office if you are seeking recognition of: 

  • Organization Milestones or Anniversaries (in 5 year increments)
  • Deceased Individuals
  • Recreational Events
  • Conferences and conventions
  • Welcoming Guests
  • Annual Events and Celebrations
  • Letters of support

Request a Proclamation