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Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

Updated Jan. 25, 2019

CORTEZ – We have a winner!

Hugh Holmes Jr. of Terra Ceia, Florida submitted a photo of the 2000 Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival T-shirt, “Into the Mulletium,” winning two admissions to the festival on Feb. 16-17 and a 2019 festival T-shirt.

We also recognized Larry and Bonnie Heiniger of Morton, Illinois with a prize for submitting a photo of a quilt made of several festival T-shirts, including the 2007 25th anniversary festival T-shirt.

We are well on our way to compiling a complete photographic record of festival T-shirts, which will be submitted to the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (FISH), the Cortez Cultural Center and the Florida Maritime Museum.

So, while the prizes have been claimed, please look at the list below to see if you have a T-shirt that we don’t have, and send a photo to [email protected].

Thanks for participating in preserving the history of Cortez!

Here are the slogans and years for the T-shirts we already have in our virtual festival T-shirt collection.

1983    Commercial Fishing Festival ‘83

1984    Commercial Fishing Festival Cortez Florida

1990s  Navigating in the 90s

1996    Casting into the Future

1997    Cortez Fishing Festival 1997

1998   Eat more fish

1999    Our Past is our Future

2000    Into the Mulletium

2001    Fishing for a Future

2002    Fishing for You

2003    If Wishes were Fishes…

2004    Got Fish?

2005    Caught up in Cortez

2006    Mullet, Mangos and Music

2007    25th Anniversary

2008    Net Working

2009    Claws

2010    White Boot Ready

2011    You Are Here

2012    Something’s Fishy in Cortez

2013    Better Fish to Fry

2014    Wishin’ I Was Fishin’

2015    I’m a Grouper Groupie

2016    It Takes a Fishing Village

2017    Fishing for our Future

2018    Rooted in History

Our Net, Your Gain

Commercial Fishing Festival Cortez Florida

Commercial Fishing Festival Cortez, Florida (by Dirt Shirts)

Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, Cortez (by Sheila Mora)

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Catch the fishing festival

CORTEZ – This year’s 37th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival will celebrate the historic fishing village’s enduring heritage in the face of “Changing Tides.”

From the net ban 25 years ago, which drastically reduced mullet fishing in Florida, to runaway development, overpopulation, pollution, mangrove destruction, foreign seafood imports and this year’s ongoing red tide, the Cortez commercial fishing tradition has survived, said festival organizer and artist Rose Lipke, who designed this year’s festival logo, an octopus juggling all the issues.Cortez fest 2019 Changing Tides

The festival will kick off with the blessing of the Cortez fishing fleet at the docks on Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by two days of live music, nautical arts and crafts, Dock Talks about different types of fishing vessels, a marine touch tank, and, of course, fresh seafood.

Touch tank – Cindy Lane | Sun

The festival is the weekend of Feb. 16-17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. The main admission gate is at the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W. with another gate at the FISH Preserve parking lot east of 119th Street West.

Shuttles are available from G. T. Bray Park (5502 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton) and the Coquina Beach parking lot in Bradenton Beach ($1.50 one way, $3 round trip), and paid parking for various prices is available on private property in the fishing village.

The cost is $4, with kids under 12 free, with proceeds going to enlarge and restore the 95-acre FISH (Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage) Preserve east of the village.


Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival Music Schedule

Saturday, Feb. 16

If you go

What: The 37th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, featuring fresh seafood, live music, arts and crafts and Dock Talks

When: Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Main admission gate at Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez

Park at the FISH Preserve parking lot east of 119th Street West in Cortez; shuttles from G. T. Bray Park (5502 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton) and the Coquina Beach parking lot in Bradenton Beach ($1.50 one way, $3 round trip); paid parking on private property in the fishing village

Cost: $4 (kids under 12 free); benefits the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage FISH Preserve

  • 10-11 a.m. Shanty Singers
  • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Doug Deming
  • 1-1:30 p.m. Awards and introductions
  • 2-4 p.m. Eric Von Band
  • 4:30-6 p.m. Koko Ray Show
Sunday, Feb. 17
  • 10:30 a.m.-noon Soupy Davis and his Band
  • 12:30-2 p.m. Ted Stevens & the Doo Shots
  • 1-5 p.m. Eric Von (on the Bratton Store Porch)
  • 2:30-4 p.m. Jason Haram
  • 4:30-6 p.m. Karen and Jimmy Band
Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival
Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival – Cindy Lane | Sun

 

 

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