February 14, 2015 through February 15, 2015
From 10 am until 6 pm
4600 124th St. West, Cortez, FL 32415
Cost: $3.00 for Adults, Kids 12 and under are Free
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Are you familiar with ‘old’ Florida?
Are you someone who can appreciate a different perspective on what’s important in life? Are you willing to spend a day amongst fishing boats, gear, fish houses and commercial fishermen? If any of this sounds intriguing, it might be a good idea for you to join us at the annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival. This two-day event is held the in February every year.
Why do so many people attend this event?
- LIVE MUSIC
- COMMUNITY DISPLAYS
EXPANDED KIDS AREA
- LARGER PARKING AREA
NAUTICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ART
Well, there are many reasons. The main one is that there are very few places left in Florida like Cortez. As you turn off the main road into the village it is obvious that you are stepping back in time. The houses are small cottages with collections of commercial boats and gear in the yards.
As you go two blocks down to the shoreline you discover a number of fish houses where local fishermen sell their catches. Cortez is located on the northern edge of Sarasota Bay and it might just be one of the most beautiful places on earth.
And as if that were not enough, there’s more. In addition to the aesthetics of the community there is also the spirit of its residents. The people who live in this small village are also what make it so special. They possess an appreciation of the simpler things in life, whether it be a freshly fried mullet for dinner or sitting on the front porch watching the world go by.
So How Does This Tie In With A Festival?
As in past years, this same shuttle service is being provided from the remote parking area located at Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island. Island folks can take the free trolley to the parking site.
Also, the parking area just east of the village off of Cortez Road has been expanded again this year. But get there early or later in the day as this parking area tends to fill up quickly. Parking spots open up later in the day.
Another option is to park in the western part of town. Many folks manage small parking areas throughout the village with some charging a fee depending on how close they are to the village.
The Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival is organized entirely by a volunteer committee of the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (F.I.S.H.), a Florida not-for-profit corporation.
2014 Entertainment Schedule
Saturday February 15th
10:00 – 10:20 am: Shanty Singers
10:45 – 12:00 pm: Passerine
12:00 – 12:15 pm: Awards and Introductions
12:30 – 2:00 pm: Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones
2:30 – 4:00 pm: Eric von Hahmann
4:30 – 6:00 pm: Razing CaneSunday February 16th10:30 – 12:00 am: Soupy Davis and his Band
12:30 – 2:00 pm: Eric von Hahmann
2:30 – 4:00 pm: Soul R Coaster
4:30 – 6:00 pm: Shotgun Justice
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