Planning for the 30th annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, which will take place 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, featuring live music, arts and crafts, children’s activities, environmental exhibits and, of course, lots of seafood, is under way by the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage.
The festival ground begins at the corner of State Road 684/ Cortez Road at 119th Street and extends to the waterfront, encompassing the Florida Maritime Museum and the FISH Preserve, where nature walks and tours will be included throughout the weekend for the admission price to the festival. Admission is $3 and children under 12 attend free.
FISH is seeking volunteers for all manner of work during the festival. Anyone interested should contact Debra Ibasfalean at email@example.com. Ibasfalean suggested shifts from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers should submit preferred day, shift in the e-mail, as well as suggestions for what sort of work he/she might prefer.