FISH directors give it up for Cortez.
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage members April 10 voted in new members Tim Caniff and David Cadmus, and re-elected John Stevely, Rose Lipke and Linda Molto to the 15-member volunteer board.
Stevely is a former University of Florida Sea Grant scientist, who organizes Dock Talks at the FISH-organized Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival. Lipke and Molto are artists and festival organizers.
Caniff is a prior board member, beekeeper and 30-year fisher. Cadmus is a Cortez property owner. Both have volunteered for the fishing festival, according to board vice president Jane von Hahmann.
The annual festival attracts thousands to the Cortez docks and boatyards in February for seafood, music and coastal educational activities.
FISH holds annual elections for directors who serve staggered three-year terms.
Treasurer Michael Northfield motioned the new directors’ acceptance. Plum Taylor seconded. A unanimous voice vote approved the motion.
Cortez — a village with homes and businesses on waterfront between 119th Street and the Cortez Bridge — was settled in the 1880s by North Carolina fishers and their families.
FISH supports the Cortez Village Historical Society and the Cortez Cultural Center, a 95-acre preserve, a boatworks program and legal efforts against developments, such as Aqua By the Bay and the Long Bar Pointe mitigation bank.