Florida Maritime Museum 10 Year Anniversary

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The Florida Maritime Museum (FMM) is celebrating its 10th anniversary on December 8th and wants you to be a part of the celebration! The museum collects, preserves and shares traditional knowledge, cultural artifacts and personal stories specific to Florida’s fishing and maritime heritage. We have been sharing stories with you for 10 years about the […]



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Fishermen hold on to age-old superstitions


Photo Credit: Florida Memory Project By KRYSTIN MINER Are you superstitious? Are you afraid of walking under a ladder or breaking a mirror? One of the most common superstitions involves the bad omen associated with a black cat crossing your path. Like many others, Julius Mora, a Cortez fisherman, took heed of black cats. The […]


Anna Maria Island Historical Society Contact: (941) 778-0492 402 Pine Ave (PO Box 4315), Anna Maria, FL 34216 The Anna Maria Island Historical Society collects, researches, preserves, and exhibits materials and artifacts relating to the history Anna Maria Island. Learn about Anna Maria Island’s rich history; including its settlers, characters, the original city jail, and a historic cottage that sat on the […]


Enjoy some local flavor at one of these nearby restaurants: Cortez Cafe Cortez Kitchen O’Shucks Raw Bar & Grill Star Fish Company Swordfish Grill Tide Tables Tyler’s Ice Cream Village Idiot Pizzeria

Boat Tours

A boat tour can be a great way to experience the natural beauty and history of the Cortez waterfront. Here’s a list of a few of the local guides: Captain Kathe and First Mate Pup-Pup (941) 812-3241 Captain Kathe is a 4th Generation Fisherwoman and Native Floridian providing real Florida tours, Boat rides, Eco tours, […]