by Robert Anderson
Parrish resident Alex Garner speaks to FISH members April 17 before being elected to serve on the nonprofit board of directors. Islander Photos: Robert Anderson
Cindy Rodgers talks about her connection to the village of Cortez April 17, during a FISH meeting at Fishermen’s Hall.
Two new faces joined the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board of directors in Cortez.
FISH members elected Cortez resident Cindy Rodgers and Parrish resident Alex Garner to the board of directors April 17, during their annual meeting at Fishermen’s Hall in the village.
Rodgers, who also serves as president of the Cortez Village Historical Society, will succeed Kaye Bell, who stepped down from the board.
“I love Cortez,” Rodgers said. “It is thoroughly in my blood. I love this community. It’s a very special place.”
Both newcomers to FISH have family histories tied to the village.
Garner’s father, Allen Garner, was FISH president for many years and owned Star Fish Co. fish house before selling the business to Karen Bell.
Alex Garner will fill the seat held by Karen Carpenter, who moved from the area in February.
Three incumbent board members — David Cadmus, Tim Caniff and Steve Baker— were reelected without opposition.
All five will serve three-year terms.
The 12-member FISH board includes Bell, Angela Collins, Kim McVey, Nathan Meschelle, Lance Plowman, Pat Potts and Jane von Hahmann.
Members also elected FISH officers: Kim McVey is president; David Cadmus, vice president; and Jane von Hahmann, treasurer.
FISH is a volunteer organization that manages several properties in Cortez, including a 98-acre preserve, a boat shop, Fishermen’s Hall and the old Cortez fire station. The nonprofit, formed in 1991, is dedicated to the promotion, education and preservation of commercial fishing and other traditional maritime cultures.