Seashells by the Cortez seashore

Cindy Lane | sun staff writer

are among the undersea treasures donated
by Betty Banks to the Florida
Maritime Museum at Cortez

CORTEZ – There’s a world of wonder from under the
sea on display at the Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez.

The Blake and Betty Banks Marine Collection is a brand new addition to the
museum’s ever-growing assortment of artifacts from the sea.

Betty Banks, whose husband, Blake, was a local commercial fisherman, has
donated boxes of seashells, corals, sponges and preserved marine animals to the
She also included labeled photograph albums, a windfall for the
museum, which is building a database of photographs of Cortezians.

She also donated documents including engine maintenance logs, fishing
notebooks dating back to the 1970s, hand-drawn charts of fishing locations and
gear sets, weather observations dating from the 1980s, yearly records of income
and expenses, fishing permits and licenses, trip tickets and information from
federal and state fisheries organizations.

Other exhibits at the museum include hand-built model ships and life-sized
boats, military uniforms worn by Cortezians in the World Wars and maritime art
by Bradenton artist Lucia van den Berg, whose acrylic paintings will be on
display all month.

The museum, at 4415 119th St. W. in Cortez, is open Tuesday through Saturday
from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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