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Date of Issue: September 02, 2009

FISH expansion

Florida Institute For Saltwater Heritage members unanimously agreed to purchase four lots belonging to the Cortez Church of God on 123rd Street Court West, near the Cortez Community Center/Firehouse. The property has a price tag of $245,000. According to Cortez Historic Sites Manager Roger Allen, the parsonage on the land will continue to be rented to tenants, the Sunday school space will become a multi-use area and the general space used for weddings and other general-use facilities. The parking lot was the gem of the acquisition, Allen said. Manatee River Community Bank was instrumental in the FISH purchase.