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  • Operation Green Light


    Saturday, April 18th
    9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    at the Manatee County Clerk’s Office 

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  • The Growth and Accomplishments of the Florida Maritime Museum.

    Tuesday, March 10, 2015—The Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th Street, West, Cortez, is located in the historic fishing village of Cortez and is housed in their 1912 School House. The building served Cortez as a school, community center and hurricane shelter until 1961. It eventually became the private residence and studio of renowned weaver, Robert Sailors, until his death in 1995. In need of restoration and sitting vacant, the residents of Cortez rallied to ensure that the building was preserved. It was purchased by Manatee County in 1999 and assigned to R.B. “Chips” Shore, the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller, and his Historical Resources Department to manage.  After restoration, the building was opened to the public as the Florida Maritime Museum in 2006.
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  • 2015 Manatee County Heritage Days - Calendar of Events

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015—From March 1-31, 2015, the 36th annual Heritage Days celebration will focus on our county’s history.  All month long, historical sites and organizations throughout our county will celebrate our community’s heritage by providing opportunities for our area’s residents and visitors to experience the past.  Reenactments, special exhibits, lectures, open houses and family programming will highlight the month’s events.
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