2023 Festival – Food Vendor Application

Attached is the 2023 Fishing Festival application for Food Vendors.

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2023 Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

Attached is the Artist Application for the 2023 Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival.

41st_annual_fishing_festival_artist_application_for _2023.pdf

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Irene Taylor

Mildred Irene Taylor, age 90, passed away on Saturday June 25, 2022 at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton after an extended illness. She was born August 12, 1931 in Cortez, FL to Walton “Tink” and Edith Wilson Fulford.

She graduated from high school in Bradenton, attended college in Florida and Tennessee and was then trained as a medical technologist at Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee. She married another Cortez native, Hardy Taylor in 1954 after he returned home from the Korean War.

She and Hardy lived in St. Petersburg, FL where she worked as a medical technologist. They had three children, Darrell Alan, Timothy Leroy and Cynthia Irene. They were long time members of the Northside Church of Christ in St. Petersburg. Irene loved children, her large extended family and always warmly opened her home to all.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband of 36 years Hardy Leroy Taylor; sons; Darrell and Timothy; brother; Ralph Fulford; and sisters; Mary Fulford Green and Belinda Porterfield.

She is survived by her daughter; Cynthia Irene Taylor; three grandchildren; Kailey Nicole Taylor, Brandon Cole Taylor and Carson Taylor; Sister; Ann Dean Riddick of Searcy, AR; brothers; Wayne (Betty) Fulford of Stanley, NC and Gary Fulford of Bradenton; and many nieces and nephews.

There will be no local services. Burial will be at Skyway Memorial Cemetery in Palmetto.

Memorial donations may be made to St Jude Children’s Hospital, Memorial Giving 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. 

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Mary Fulford Green

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John M. Stevely

John McCullum Stevely, 72, of Bradenton, died May 27.

He died while taking a walk at Robinson Preserve.

He and his beloved wife of 40 years, Dr. Theresa Bert, both marine biologists, had just returned from Cape Canaveral, where they witnessed a rocket launch and landing with their son, John Bert Stevely. A fitting last act for a scientist who treasured the seas and skies.

He was born April 10, 1950, to John Petrie Stevely and Dorothy McCollum Stevely in New York City, where he graduated from Bronx High School of Science. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree in biology from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in marine science from the University of South Florida. He would go on to be selected as a Smithsonian Research Fellow and a member of USF’s Outstanding Alumni.

During his long career as a Marine Extension Agent, he served as a University of Florida Sea Grant scientist and co-authored 15 scientific research publications. Following retirement, he became an agent emeritus.

Among the nearly 20 awards and commendations he received was a Gulf Coast Guardian Award and, in 2015, he was inducted into the Manatee County Agricultural Hall of Fame.

He is best known for his passionate efforts to preserve and protect the local environment and fishing industry.

He was a founder of the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival and served on the planning committee since its inception in 1981. He also assisted in the development of the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, the establishment of the FISH Preserve in Cortez and in other efforts to restore coastal habitats.

He was an international expert in sponge ecology and sponge fishery management. His accomplishments also include the introduction of the fish venting tool, the development of best management practices for catch and release of deep-water reef fish and the study of the economic impact of artificial reefs and red tides.

Accolades aside, Mr. Stevely would argue his proudest accomplishment was his family. He was a hands-on father who relished taking his wife and son to acclaimed dive spots all over the world. He was a friend to all and his patient and kind demeanor will be missed by everyone who knew him. He would like to thank all his cherished family and friends for being a part of his earthly life.

Visitation will be held 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Brown & Sons Funeral Home, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton. A service will be at 11 a.m. at Brown & Sons Funeral Home. A short graveside service will immediately follow at Skyway Memorial Gardens. A luncheon and gathering for funeral attendees and other invited guests will be held at 2:15 p.m. at Swordfish Grill in Cortez. Memorial donations may be made to FISH, P.O. Box 606, Cortez, FL 34215. And, please, take time to enjoy and protect the great outdoors.

Mr. Stevely is survived by wife Theresa Bert, son John B., sister, Dorothy Soulé, and her sons, Kenny and David.

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Chester Bell

Chester H. Bell, 89, passed away May 1, 2022 at Manatee Memorial Hospital. He was born October 23, 1932 to Aaron Parx and Jessie (Fulford) Bell in Cortez, Florida.

Chester graduated from Manatee County High School in 1950, and began his life-long career in commercial fishing in Cortez, interrupted by two years of service in the U.S. Army. Afterward, he attended the University of Florida, but soon was called home to work at his family’s A.P Bell Fish Company. He later became a partner in the Capo Fish Company.

In 1957, Chester married Ellen Hay Bell. They had three children, Warren Aaron, II, Louise Bell Shuman and Brooks Jesse. Chester is preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Warren, Walter, Jesse (Buster) and Calvin; his only sister, Betty Alice; his daughter, Louise Shuman and his grandson, Jared.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Ellen; his brother, Doug Bell; his nieces, Karen and Lisa Bell as well as his son, Warren and wife, Deb Gamsky Bell; son, Brooks and wife, Sheri Benghiat Bell; his grandchildren, Lindsey Bell Peacock, Warren Aaron Bell III (Beau), Haley Rose Bell and step-granddaughter, Jaclyn Benghiat. He has four great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5-7 PM, Friday, May 6, 2022 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd Street West, Bradenton, FL 34209. Burial will be 10AM, Saturday, May 7 at Manasota Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County, PO Box 280, Bradenton, FL 34206 or the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (FISH), PO Box 606, Cortez, FL 34215. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

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TODAY IS THE DAY! GIVING CHALLENGE BEGINS AT NOON!

TODAY IS THE DAY!!

DOUBLE THE IMPACT OF YOUR DONATION TODAY!

THE PATTERSON FOUNDATION WILL MATCH ANY DONATION OF $25 TO $100

FROM NOON TODAY TILL NOON TOMORROW!

CLICK HERE TO GIVE TO FISH GIVING CHALLENGE

REMEMBER WE ARE A TOTALLY VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION SO EVERY DIME YOU GIVE

GOES TO SUPPORT FISH AND THE FISH PRESERVE!

HELP PROTECT AND PRESERVE THE , HABITAT, HISTORY, AND HERITAGE THAT MAKES CORTEZ ONE OF THE LAST VESTIGES OF OLD FLORIDA!

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

(If you have any questions please feel free to call us at 941-301-4000)

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GET READY!! Tomorrow is the Day to Give to FISH and your donation will be MATCHED DOUBLING YOUR IMPACT!t

GET READY!!

We’ve been asking and now TOMORROW is the Day to Give to FISH and your donation will be MATCHED DOUBLING YOUR IMPACT!

STARTING TOMORROW AT NOON!

CLICK HERE TO GIVE TO FISH GIVING CHALLENGE

REMEMBER WE ARE A TOTALLY VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION SO EVERY DIME YOU GIVE

GOES TO SUPPORT FISH AND THE FISH PRESERVE!

HELP PROTECT AND PRESERVE THE , HABITAT, HISTORY, AND HERITAGE THAT MAKES CORTEZ ONE OF THE LAST VESTIGES OF OLD FLORIDA!

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

CLICK HERE TO GIVE FISH GIVING CHALLENGE

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TWO IMPORTANT REMINDERS: Membership Meeting Tomorrow night & Tuesday-Wednesday’s Giving Challenge

Happy Sunday!

We Just want to send these important reminders.

FIRST: We hope to see you tomorrow night at 7PM at Fishermen’s Hall for our ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING. Come vote on the FISH Board of Directors and hear about the exciting year we have had.

SECOND we are only two days out to the 2022 GIVING CHALLENGE starts Tuesday at Noon and ends on Wednesday at Noon. Every Donation between $25 and $100 will be matched by the Patterson Foundation, doubling the impact of your gift. SO ON TUESDAY after 12:00 NOON click the link below and help by giving a gift that will be doubled.

CLICK THIS FISH LINK:

FISH GIVING CHALLENGE LINK

We thank you so much for your continued support!

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10 Days and Counting till April 26th & 27th 24 hour Giving Challenge

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