Cortez Fishing Village – The 34th Annual Cortez Fishing Festival will be happening Saturday and Sunday February 13th and 14th from 10am-6pm. Held within The old fishing village of Cortez this popular event is a fund raiser benefiting the preservation of the fishing village and nearby wetlands essential to the success of the local fishing industry.
An estimated 20,000 people will visit the festival across Saturday and Sunday with an admission of $3 for adults and children under 12 are free. Parking will be available east of Cortez Fishing Village about a five minute walk from the event, or park at G.T Bray recreational facility and pay for the $3 round trip shuttle service. G.T Bray is located at 5502 33rd Avenue in West Bradenton. Additional parking and shuttle service can be found at Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island.
Seafood is the main attraction for this festival, sourced directly from local boats and the hard working men and women fishing the gulf and bay for this tasty resource. Offering a large selection of fresh from the boat seafood, vendors will be cooking it up to order! In addition to the areas freshest seafood, enjoy live music, dancing, a nautical arts and crafts fair, marine life touch tank, and exhibits about local commercial fishing and marine life.
Funds raised will be given to local non-profit organization FISH or Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage. Proceeds from the festival will go toward the maintenance of the 95 acres of Mangrove wetlands located just east of Cortez Fishing Village. This 95 acres is referred to as the FISH Preserve, and is some of the only undeveloped land on Sarasota Bay. Mangrove wetland is vital to the success of a healthy marine environment as they function as a nursery to countless numbers of marine species, along with filtering out pollutants and protecting against land erosion.
For additional Information call 941-254-4972, or cortez-fish.com online.
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