34th Annual Cortez Fishing Festival

The 34th Annual Cortez Fishing Festival will be Saturday and Sunday February 13th and 14th 10am-6pm. In the fishing village of Cortez this event is a fund raiser for the Cortez village and wetlands.

34th Annual Cortez Fishing Festival

About 20,000 people will visit the festival across Saturday and Sunday. 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. Additionally, park at G.T Bray recreational facility and pay for the $3 round trip shuttle service. G.T Bray is at 5502 33rd Avenue in West Bradenton. Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island, will also offer parking and shuttle service.

Seafood is the star!

The seafood comes from the local boats and hard working people fishing the gulf and bay. While offering a large selection of seafood, vendors will be cooking it to order! Additionally, enjoy live music, dancing, arts and crafts fair, marine life touch tank, and exhibits about local commercial fishing and marine life.

Funds raised are for local non-profit organization FISH also called, Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage. Proceeds will go toward maintenance of 95 acres of Mangrove wetlands just east of Cortez Village. This area is called the FISH Preserve. It is some of the only undeveloped land on Sarasota Bay.

Mangrove wetland is also vital to the success of a healthy marine environment. They function as a nursery to countless numbers of species, in addition to filtering pollutants and protecting against erosion.

For additional Information call 941-254-4972, or cortez-fish.com online.

34th Annual Cortez Fishing Festival
Cortez Fishing Festival. Picture Credit: Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival Facebook page.

 

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