Environmental Emergencies

Call 911 for All Life-Threatening Emergencies
Florida Division of Emergency Management - State Warning Point

The State Warning Point is a centralized phone bank managed by the Department of Community Affairs' Division of Emergency Management and operated 24 hours/day and 7 days/week. It is used to report any emergency situations, including, for example, oil and hazardous spills, fires, airline or rail incidents. By phone they may be reached at 1 (800) 320-0519.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - Wildlife Alert

If you suspect a wildlife or boating law violation, report it to the FWC's Wildlife Alert Reward Program: (888) 404-FWCC (3922). If your information results in an arrest, you may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Cell phone users can reach us at *FWC or #FWC, depending on your service provider.

Example Violations

  • Illegal hunting
  • Taking saltwater game fish out of season
  • Taking protected wildlife species
  • Boating under the influence

To report a nuisance alligator call (866) FWC-GATOR (866) 392-4286

Air Quality Complaints

For information regarding emissions at regulated or unregulated stationary facilities, please contact the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Southwest District Office, in Tampa, Florida by telephone at (813) 470-5700.

Open burning in Manatee County is permitted by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Forestry. For more information about open burning contact the local Division of Forestry office by telephone at (941) 213-6970.

​Water, Wetland and Other Complaints

Manatee 311 serves as the one-stop contact point for all County complaint investigations. Report an issue online or call 3-1-1 or (941) 742-5800 (if calling from outside Manatee County).

The Environmental Protection Division will investigate anonymous complaints on issues within our area of responsibility. Complaints are investigated in the order of apparent severity.


  • Environmental Protection
  • (941) 742-5980