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to Cortez, Florida on Sarasota Bay in Manatee
County. Cortez is the last remaining fishing village on Florida's Suncoast.
Cortez is a small Gulf coast commercial fishing village that was founded
by settlers from North Carolina in the 1880s. The community was named
after the explorer Hernando Cortes. Cortez, originally known as Hunter's
Point, is located on the northern edge of Sarasota Bay adjacent to Anna
Maria Island and its three cities, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton
Beach. Cortez is one of Florida's traditional fishing villages that has
been able to retain its cultural integrity. The population in July 2007
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The Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez
As a joint project of the Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage (F.I.S.H.),
the Cortez Village Historical Society and R.B. "Chips" Shore, Manatee
County's Clerk of the Circuit Court, the Florida Maritime Museum’s mission
is to gather, preserve and interpret Florida Maritime Heritage, with special
emphasis on the historic fishing village of Cortez as a traditional maritime
community within the greater context of Florida’s Maritime History, maritime
history in general, and the natural world.
Cortez Village Historical Society PO BOX 663 Cortez, FL 34215
Formed in 1984 by descendants of original settlers who came to the area
one hundred years before, the CVHS has become a focal point in the community.
Helping preserve both the historical structures in the community and the
unique way of life.
1912 Cortez Schoolhouse
The Cortez Schoolhouse was constructed in 1912. The
building was the second schoolhouse for the community of Cortez, which was established
in the 1880s as a fishing village. It originally housed two classrooms and in
1933, an auditorium with a stage was added forming a T-shaped floor plan.
Anna Maria Island is a seven mile barrier island
located in the southern Gulf Coast area of Florida and is renowned for its white
sand gulf beaches and gin clear water. Anna
Maria is the northernmost of a string of barrier islands that extend in a southerly
direction to the Florida Keys. The Island itself is surrounded
by the Gulf of Mexico to the west, Tampa Bay to the north and Sarasota Bay and
Anna Maria Bay on its eastern shores.
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island offers three fishing piers: Anna Maria City Pier, Rod & Reel Pier and
Bradenton Beach. It is common for Bottlenose dolphins to be
seen both in the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf. The endangered Manatee is
often seen in and around Anna Maria Island in the shallow coastal areas such as
canals, rivers, springs and also in the bay. These huge creatures are gentle and
very slow moving. Manatees are fully protected by Florida law and must be left
alone and watched only from a distance.
Anna Maria Island is a birdwatcher's
paradise. There are thousands of pelicians as well as ibis, egret, heron, gull,
sandpiper, skimmer and spoonbills.
Beaches & Glorious Sunsets
Maria Island is a
famous for its miles of white sandy beaches with stunning sunsets over
the Gulf of Mexico. Here visitors can find
world class angling, boating, surfing, golf, tennis as well as a rich selection
of exotic wildlife. In fact, the entire island of Anna Maria is considered a wildlife
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Anna Maria Area Attractions
Anna Maria Island is
ideally located in southwest Florida and offers visitors a delightful
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Maria Island is also close to well-known tourist attractions
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The Circus Galleries
at the Ringling Museum.
The Anna Maria Island
Historical Society & Museum
778-4198 , 778 -- 0492 402 Pine Ave , Anna Maria Fl. Collects, Researches,
Preserves and Displays artifacts pertaining to earlier times on Anna Maria
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407 Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria , 34216 Phone: 941 778-1908 FAX: 941-778-9511
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201 10th Street West Bradenton, Florida 34205 (941) 746-4131 Located on
the Manatee River waterfront and taking up an entire city block, the South
Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium, and Parker Manatee Aquarium is a unique
educational resource. Digital Full Dome Planetarium/Theater The Bishop
Planetarium is a multipurpose, 'state of the art' domed theater, boasting
one of the most advanced all-digital projection systems in the world.
Incorporating unidirectional stadium style seating, high definition DVD,
TV, and PowerPoint projection, and a digital 25,000 watt Dolby 5.1 surround
sound system, the Bishop is capable of accommodating a wide range of programs.
The planetarium is a remarkable astronomy education resource, allowing
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South Florida Museum -
201 10th Street
West | Bradenton Florida 34205
The South Florida Museum
interprets the region from the Pleistocene to the present with stunning
life-size dioramas and dramatic exhibits based on its extensive collections
of anthropological artifacts, paleontological specimens and objects of
cultural interest. Established in 1947, the motto then, as it is now,
is "Something for everyone."
Parker Manatee Aquarium
10th Street West | Bradenton Florida 34205
Parker Manatee Aquarium, designed to house three adult manatees, holds nearly
60,000 gallons of water, including a medication pool. The pool offers both deep
and shallow water, allowing the manatees to maintain natural feeding behaviors.
An exhibit area within the facility helps to educate the public about manatee
anatomy, physiology and habitat, and provides above and below water viewing. Working
closely with Lowry Park Zoo’s critical care hospital for manatees, the Parker
Manatee Aquarium is a second stage rehabilitation facility. A second stage facility
provides a temporary home for manatees that will be released back into the wild
after having received treatment from an acute care hospital. The Aquarium has
housed fourteen manatees as part of its rehab program. Parker Manatee Aquarium
is the permanent home to Manatee County's most famous resident and official mascot,
‘Snooty’, the manatee.
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Tampa Bay Estuary Program
Bay was designated an "estuary of national significance" by Congress in 1990,
paving the way for development of a long-term blueprint for bay restoration through
the Tampa Bay National Estuary Program. Tampa Bay is one of 28 estuaries in the
National Estuary Program; others in Florida are Sarasota Bay, Charlotte Harbor
and Indian River Lagoon.
Charting the Course is the Tampa Bay Estuary Program's
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protecting Tampa Bay and advances strategies for continuing improvements in the
future. Charting the Course was first released in 1996, and updated in 2006.
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Bay is the largest open-water estuary in Florida, encompassing nearly 400 square
miles and bordering three counties -- Hillsborough, Manatee and Pinellas.
than 100 tributaries flow into Tampa Bay, including dozens of meandering, brackish-water
creeks and four major rivers -- the Hillsborough, Alafia, Manatee and Little Manatee.
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