Fun for All at Cortez Fishing Festival

Many of Florida’s historic working waterfronts have changed to accommodate residential and commercial development. However, tucked away on the shores of Sarasota Bay, the Cortez commercial fishing village is still thriving as one of Florida’s oldest commercial fishing villages.

Bring the whole family to see a piece of old-time Florida 2014-Art-work1-300x210at the 2014 Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival February 15th and 16th. Visitors will enjoy music, nautical arts, a marine life touch tank, delicious seafood and much, much more.

The Festival that started with only 500 attendees, will expect over 20,000 visitors this year! All festival proceeds go to expanding and restoring the FISH Preserve — 95 acres of environmentally sensitive lands along the Sarasota Bay shoreline.

The Festival is located off Cortez Road & 119th Street West, Cortez, FL. Admission is $3.00 for adults and kids under 12 are free. Free remote parking with shuttle service ($2.50, round trip) is available. For more info: or call 941-708-6121 or 941-722-4524.


Posted: February 7, 2014

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Natural Resources, Recreation, Work & Life
Tags: Cortez, Fishing, Libby Carnahan, Old Florida, Sea Grant, Seafood, Working Waterfronts

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