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The south is full of stories. Cortez stories tend to be on the colorful side. These homes have been full of love, family & great stories for many years. We’re 5th generation Cortezians welcoming you to our village. Alvah (one of the first Cortezians) was Paul & Earl’s dad. His house was the first house to be built with an architect. Some said it was the nicest too. Alvah’s boys Earl and Paul were both fisherman and both married to Chris and Inez their entire lives. Paul built his own house when he married Inez. This is a picture of Earl & Chris Taylor, they lived in this house for many years.
The Village hugs the coast of Sarasota Bay and is one of the few surviving fishing villages on Florida’s west coast. The waters offshore are known as “The Kitchen” because of the bounty of fish harvested from these waters in the early days. Today Cortez has become a haven for artists, writers and fisherman who enjoy the unspoiled environment and slow pace of life.
But Cortez is really a world all its own. In many ways, it is like taking a step back in time. You will be charmed by the old bungalows, many dating back to the 1920s, situated along short, narrow roads dotted with palm trees. There are a few 'must sees'. There are the A.P. Bell Fish Co. Inc. and the Star Fish Co., neighboring commercial fish houses on Sarasota Bay, where anglers dock their fishing boats and unload their fresh catches each and every day. If you love seafood, a visit to A.P. Bell is a must for the freshest grouper, snapper, shrimp or stone crab you have ever tasted.