Historic Preservation

Please read the email below from Cathy Slusser with Chip Shore’s office.

Send an email to Suzie Dobbs, Community Development Manager, suzie.dobbs and ask her to include historic preservation in their plan Community Block Development Grant funds. This needs to be done today as they are having a meeting tonight.

Mark Green

From: Cathy Slusser
Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2012 9:30 AM
Subject: Please forward to your e-mail lists asap

I apologize for the lateness of this request, but I did not understand the process in place for suggesting to the Manatee County Community Development Division what priorities they should put in their upcoming five year plan regarding Community Block Development Grant funds. I just came from a meeting where I learned that to get historic preservation into that plan, we need an outpouring of community support. It is not currently in their list of proposed priorities.

In the past, these funds, which come from the Federal Government, have been used for historic preservation projects that meet certain criteria such as reducing slum and blight. The Burton Store in Cortez is an example of one such project that benefitted from this type of funds.

If you can, please go to an Open House today from 9-11 at the Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Boulevard, Bradenton, or tonight from 5-7 at the South County Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton. There will be forms that you can fill out and add under “other”, “Historic Preservation”.

Or if you cannot attend, you can e-mail Suzie Dobbs, Community Development Manager, suzie.dobbs and ask her to include historic preservation in their plan.

It is imperative that you do this today as today is the last day they are seeking input. Again, I apologize for the lateness of this request. I thought the meeting was to just for discussion and did not realize that they were actually looking at the number of comments that they received for a priority.

Any questions, please feel free to call me, (941) 741-4070.

Thank you, Cathy

Cathy Slusser, Deputy Director

Historical Resources & Public Relations

For R.B. "Chips" Shore

Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller



Manatee County Historical Records Library

1405 4th Avenue West

Bradenton, Florida 34205

(941) 741-4070

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Published in: on January 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mullet catch success, cast offs


By Thomas Aposporos II, Islander Reporter

Over the past four to six weeks, local fishers saw a historic season for mullet — a fish sought after for its meat and, in the case of female mullet, its pouch of eggs.

According to Karen Bell, of A.P. Bell Fish Co. in Cortez, the amount of mullet brought in was easily three times that of last year, putting this season roughly on par with 2007, the only other season in the past 15 years to reach this volume.

“Conditions this year were perfect for fishing. It was cold, but not too cold. We hope it will happen again some day,” said Bell.
Bell’s father, Walter Bell, also of A.P. Bell Fish Co., said he’d never seen so many mullet in his life.

There is little the fishing industry can do to prepare for a season of this magnitude, as there is no way to know the influx of mullet will be large or small. While exciting and lucrative, a season such as this also is exhausting. “I can’t deny it was a little overwhelming. The processing of the fish was literally occurring around the clock,” Walter Bell said.

With the productive season comes some unfortunate byproducts.

A number of Anna Maria and Longboat Key residents complained of dead mullet washing up on the shoreline, many of them whole, some gutted for their roe.
“It’s a sad thing to see,” said Bell. “Some fisherman, both local and from out-of-town, are better about it. Some are not.”

When the yield is unexpectedly high, the processors at the fish houses are not the only ones overwhelmed.

Many fish companies reached their capacity for male mullet while the season was still at its peak, female mullet being of more valuable because the roe commands a substantially higher price than the male roe. As a result, when a crew hauls in a large catch, they often throw the male fish back, but the mullet don’t always survive.

“It looks bad, and it’s an unfortunate waste of fish, but when this occurs we can at least know that the fish are returning to the ecosystem,” said Bell.

Published in: on January 17, 2012 at 11:33 am  Leave a Comment  

FISH makes plans for new year


By Thomas Aposporos II, Islander Reporter

Hopes are high for a productive and successful 2012, according to members of the Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage board at their meeting Jan. 2.

The FISH Preserve, one of the board’s top priorities, will continue to receive the work that began last year. The Preserve encompasses some 90-plus acres, including environmentally sensitive lands, east of the village of Cortez, where improvement and beautification has been a major goal.

Volunteers spent hundreds of hours in December clearing the northern portion — between 115th and 116th streets — to make way for new vegetation. Clearing will continue this year.

There also is work ongoing to create public parking. In time, the entire preserve will be open to the public.

The board is currently pursuing grants to support continued work. A $58,000 Gulf of Mexico Foundation grant and a $98,000 Southwest Florida Water Management District grant “look real positive,” said board member and preserve site manager Karen Riley-Love.

• The FISH board voted to rename the former Cortez Church of God, acquired in 2010, Fishermen’s Hall.

• Board member Bob Landry said $1,000 remains in the budget for interior and exterior renovations, which includes replacing rotted beams and termite-damaged wood.

• Board president Kim McVey reported on the current mullet season, saying, “It is one of the best years ever. It will surpass the season of ’07. There are huge amounts of red- and white-roe mullet.”

• Plans for the 30th annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, to be held the weekend of Feb. 18–19, are under way. Board member/artist Linda Molto said, “Everything is coming along real well.”

The next FISH meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at Fishermen’s Hall, 4515 124th St. W., Cortez.

Published in: on January 10, 2012 at 9:45 am  Leave a Comment  

Bountiful season for mullet fishermen


By Tom Vaught | sun staff writer

Fishermen haul in a catch of mullet in the
Gulf of Mexico off Anna Maria Island during Christmas week.

The mullet were jumping again last week, drawing commercial fishermen from Cortez and both commercial and recreational fishermen from around the state to catch the females bearing red roe, prized as a delicacy, especially in Asia.

So many mullet are being caught that the street in front of Bell Fish Co. was completely blocked by fish trucks one day last week, and Cortez Bait and Seafood stopped buying mullet.

"It’s one of the better years we’ve had," said Kim McVey, of Cortez Bait and Seafood, who also serves as president of the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage. The season will continue well into the New Year, she said.

Published in: on December 28, 2011 at 10:02 am  Leave a Comment  

Jason Edward Daymon, Jr., also known as Michael David Yarrow

Jason Edward Daymon, Jr., also known as Michael David Yarrow, age 62, of Lake Placid, Fla. died on November 30, 2011. Born January 18, 1949 in Jacksonville, Fla., Jason was the son of Mildred Carter Dittman and the late Jason E. Daymon, Sr., beloved husband of the late Wanda Perry Daymon. Jason was raised in the fishing village of Cortez by his adoptive parents John and Melba Yarrow. He served in the U.S. Navy, studied photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology and received his BS from the University of South Florida. Jason is survived by his mother Mildred, his daughter Lisa Yarrow, her husband Peter Averdick, their son Benjamin and baby due in January; his daughter Brooke Shook, her husband Brian and their children Peyton and Hailey; and his daughter Shannon Warner and her children Tyler and Summer; and eleven brothers and sisters. Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of life at Holiday Inn, 608 S. Lakeview Road, Lake Placid, FL on Saturday December 10, 2011 at 1p.m. Memorial donations can be made to the Wanda Daymon Memorial Scholarship at South Florida Community College.

Published in: on December 14, 2011 at 10:53 am  Leave a Comment  

Music on the Porch & Holiday Market‏

The Florida Maritime Museum will be hosting Music on the Porch and Holiday Market on Saturday, December 17th from 10 to 4.

The Holiday Market will take place at the Florida Maritime Museum, located at 4415 119th Street West in Cortez. With over 25 vendors selling unique arts and crafts, decor and specialty handmade items, the inaugural Holiday Market is sure to become a Cortez tradition. Folks can shop while enjoying live holiday music from local musicians and sipping on hot chocolate. Take some time to tour the Maritime Museum as well! The vendors will be here from 10-4, and the music will begin at 1.

The event is free and open to the public.  For information call 708-6120

Published in: on December 13, 2011 at 11:21 am  Leave a Comment  

Harry S. Howey

Harry S. Howey , 90, of Cortez, passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2011.

A Celebration of Harry’s life will be at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, Fl. on Saturday, December 10th at 10:00 a.m.

Born in New Jersey, he moved to his beloved Cortez Village in 1959,where he owned and operated the Cortez Trailer Park and Fishing Center for 29 years, which he fought for, to keep out of the hands of developers.His optimism and sense of humor led him to become a community activist. Believing that he could make a difference, he organized campaigns against many changes that would negatively af-fect the tranquil lifestyle he found in the “Historic Village of Cortez”.

Harry was a World War II Veteran; member of Sahib Temple and Gulf Shrine Club.Predeceasing him were his wife of 65 years Doris (Dottie) and grandson-John Howey.He is survived by his wife, Lavern Mikesell Howey, three children,Kathie Harris of Daytona Beach, Linda Johnston of Bradenton, Harry M. Howey, Lavonia, Ga.,seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren, brother, Samuel (Bill) Howey of Cortez, and his faithful dog Max.

Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel 604 43rd Street West, Bradenton, FL 34209 in charge.In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 600 N Beneva, Sarasota, Fl. 34232, or Tidewell Hospice , Inc. 5955 Rand Blvd. Sarasota, Fl 34238 in his name. Condolences towww.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Published in: on December 6, 2011 at 8:12 am  Leave a Comment  

Leslie Hayden Guthrie

Leslie Hayden Guthrie, 97, of Sarasota (Manatee County), Florida, died
November 19, 2011. He was born in Cortez, Florida and was a lifelong
area resident. He was a commercial fisherman and he served in the
U.S. Navy during World War II. He is survived by his daughter, Diane
L. McAnally of Sarasota and two grandsons, Geffrey and Jason Leach.

Les is predeceased by his parents,William Raymond and Frances (Johnson)
Guthrie of Cortez, two younger brothers , and his Grandparents, Capt James
Edward and Charlotte (Foreman) Guthrie , one of first five families to settle in
Cortez .

The first Guthrie families trace their ancestry to Forfarshire , Scotland,
where the imposing Guthrie Castle stands today. The first four brothers
arrived in the Unites States in the late 1700′ s

Visitation is 6 to 8 PM, Friday, December 2, 2011, at Brown & Sons
Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th Street Chapel, 5624 26th Street West,
Bradenton, Florida 34207. Graveside services will be 11:00 AM,
Saturday, December 3, 2011, at Palma Sola Cemetery in Bradenton.
Memorial contributions may be made to TideWell Hospice, Inc., 5955
Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Online condolences may be made at

Published in: on November 23, 2011 at 8:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

‘Free Ride’ films in village


The “action” in Cortez Nov. 14 wasn’t just on the fish docks where stone crab claws and other catches were unloaded. Filming for “Free Ride” took place in Cortez that day.
Filming also has taken place in Sarasota.

“Free Ride” stars Anna Paquin of “True Blood” fame, along with Brit Morgan, Cam Gigandet and Drea de Matteo.

SCAMP, the production company founded by Paquin and Stephen Moyer, is behind the picture, which is set in 1970s Florida and is about the mother of two girls who flees an abusive relationship and gets involved in marijuana trafficking.

A casting call for the extras in the area requested “all types, all sizes, all ages, all ethnicities. Really unique faces a bonus! This is set in 1978 — men with longer hair and facial hair a plus! Tough biker types, clean-cut types, kids, teens, families, and seniors. This will be a very fun project with well known industry professionals!”

Cortez isn’t known for Hollywood-like glamour, which is why multiple movies have filmed in the location — including “Out of Time” starring Denzel Washington and Eva Mendes and, the best of the offerings, the 1998 version of “Great Expectations” starring Robert DeNiro, Anne Bancroft, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ethan Hawke and Chris Cooper.

Filming for “Free Ride,” a film starring and produced by Anna Paquin, took place in Cortez Nov. 14. Islander Photo: Karen Riley-Love

Published in: on November 22, 2011 at 10:00 am  Leave a Comment  

Cortez folk arts festival is Saturday


By Cindy Lane | sun staff writer

CORTEZ – Mullet, music and more is on the menu at the Fifth Annual Cortez Folk Arts Festival on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez.

The Cortez Village Historical Society will provide mullet dinners with sweet tea and all the fixin’s, and Jose’s Real Cuban Food will offer Cuban dishes, with Tyler’s Ice Cream sponsoring an ice cream eating contest for children and adults.

Musical entertainment includes the Myakka Blue Grass Band, Brain Smalley, the Burke Brothers of Have Gun Will Travel, Soupy Davis and Friends and the Main Hatch Motleys sea shanty singers.

More than 20 arts and crafts vendors will exhibit their wares. New this year, the Cortez Post Office will have a booth selling Disney Forever stamps, with characters from "Ratatouille," "Cars," "Toy Story" and other Disney favorites, along with holiday stamps in books of 20 for $8.80 each.

Disney artist Al Konetzni will sign autographs and has donated art work to be raffled to benefit the museum. Frames were donated by Picture This, 8615 Cortez Road W.

Visitors can take guided tours of the museum, which features new displays, the FISH Preserve and the new boat shop where traditional Florida wooden boats are built.

Cortez photographer Richard Estabrook also will be on hand to take free family and group photographs in the museum’s Secret Garden.

The museum is located at 4415 119th St. W. in Cortez. Parking is available in Cortez village and just east of the village off Cortez Road in the FISH Preserve.

Admission is $2 for adults and free for children 12 and under.

The event is sponsored by First America Bank and co-sponsored by the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (FISH), Manatee Clerk of Circuit Courts Chips Shore and the Cortez Village Historical Society.

For more information, contact Ted Adams at Ted.Adams@ManateeClerk.com or call 941-708-6121.

Published in: on November 15, 2011 at 6:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

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