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Volunteer for the 30th Annual
Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival
Feb 18 & 19, 2012!
THANK YOU for volunteering to make our 30th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival a success. The festival counts on the support of hundreds of volunteers just like you!
Coordinator for volunteers: Debra Ibasfalean firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Hours Needed
Saturday, Feb 18th, from 9-1 or 1-6
Sunday, Feb 19th, from 9-1 or 1-6
What to do if I’m volunteering
Sign up for shifts by emailing email@example.com and give your name, phone number and time and day of shift you would like
Check in for your shift at the main ticket booth. Tell the volunteer at any ticket booth that you are here to sign in and they will direct you to the main ticket booth.
· Sign in and receive your volunteer wristband
· Receive any updates or special instructions
· Receive information on where you will volunteer
· Have fun, and know your help is greatly valued!
§ We encourage volunteers to park at the FISH Preserve. Head west on Cortez Road to 116th and look for the festival parking signs. Parking is free.
By Tom Vaught | sun staff writer
sun photo/tom vaught
The Florida Department of Transportation wants
to start work this year on choosing a replacement
for the Cortez Bridge.
With the fate of the Anna Maria Island Bridge sealed, the Florida Department of Transportation is now eyeing the Cortez Bridge.
Manatee-Sarasota Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Executive Director Michael Howe reminded everybody an initial study of the 54-year-old drawbridge is in the works.
“A project development and environmental study (PDE) is in the works,” he said. “We’ll first look at a rehabilitation to make it last 10 or more years and then later a study on its replacement.”
As first reported by the Anna Maria Island Sun last April, funding for a replacement PDE is in the five year MPO plan for this year.
The two drawbridges were built in 1957 and the Anna Maria Bridge, on State Road 64, was rehabbed in 2008. After that, FDOT held public hearings on its PDE on that drawbridge. The study recommended replacing it with a fixed-span bridge.
Both bridges have been the focus of strong public sentiment for more than 20 years. The local FDOT chief first came to the Island in 1993 and said the replacement of the Anna Maria Bridge with a fixed-span was imminent. The public set up an independent group, call Save Anna Maria (SAM), which fought the project in court, winning its case a year later. One reason for their victory was the state ruled FDOT had not informed the public living near the bridge of the plans.
In 2009, FDOT held hearings at St. Bernard Church on the future of the Anna Maria Bridge and concluded the 65-foot-high, fixed span would be best.
While the fate of the Anna Maria Bridge is sealed, Howe said no money was in the budget to fund the replacement. In the past, FDOT said permitting and purchasing right of way would add 10 years to the project and that is also not in the budget at this point.
Howe did not have dates or times for the Cortez Bridge hearings. He said that information would come later, possibly in the spring of this year.
Last year’s news of the Cortez Bridge study drew a number of tall bridge opponents to a Manatee County Commission hearing. The Cortez Bridge is much shorter than the Anna Maria Bridge and a number of people urged FDOT to keep its replacement dimensions the same or construct a 45-foot-high drawbridge that would open to boat traffic fewer times per day, since more boats would be able to pass under it when it was not open.
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.
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
"Pride in Service with a Vision to the Future"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.