Our community provides everything you need to enjoy your island lifestyle to the fullest, without ever having to leave the island.
If building friendships based on common interests is what you’re searching for, we have groups engaged in everything from arts and culture to wildlife and preservation. You will quickly get to know familiar faces and feel the warmth of our community when you reach out to any of our dedicated organizations.
Click on the categories below to explore what your friends and neighbors do each day to enhance our community and make island life more enjoyable. It will amaze you how easy and fun it is to get involved.
Independently owned General Store offering a wide range of grocery items, fresh made sandwiches & salads, fresh selection of baked goods as well as local juices. Also a convenient stop for all your tobacco, beer and wine needs.
We strive for excellence in meeting the human service needs of all those living on or near by our barrier island. We are focused on the community and open to all. Educational, recreational, youth/teen, and senior citizen center and so much more!
ERRANDS and PERSONAL ASSISTANCE for vacationers and residents. Property monitoring and management, shopping, and coordinating events. Many services available. We do the things you can’t do, don’t have time to do or simply don’t want to do!
Services include Home-delivered Meals, the Food Bank of Manatee, Daybreak Adult Day Center, Enrichment Center at 9th, Friendship Dining, The Lunch Club, Transportation Services, Renaissance on 9th Ballroom & Catering, and Grandma’s Goodies.
Elementary, middle and out-of-school programs for girls ages 5-17 at three Manatee County sites, designed to give opportunities for girls to learn and grow in a safe and nurturing environment – helping them reach their full potential.
A low to moderate cost veterinary clinic open to the public 6 days a week with spay/neuter, vaccinations, x-rays, dentals, and heartworm/flea protection services. Also an animal shelter with adoptable dogs and cats.
The Cortez Historical Society has been around since 1985, with the Cultural Center opening February, 2016. The new Center houses historic photographs & information about Cortez,as well as the genealogy of families that lived & are still living here.
Our mission is to initiate, promote, and support the educational, historical, interpretive, and scientific activities of the Desoto National Memorial, located in Northwest Bradenton at the mouth of the Manatee River.
$4 a year membership open to all. Checkout time 3 weeks for current & popular fiction/non-fiction/audio books/movies/paperbacks/children’s/magazines/puzzles/ongoing book sale/internet access/copier/free Wi-Fi.
Community service organization – we provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate & release sick & injured wild birds while educating our community about preventing injuries & preserving habitats. We provide a permanent home in our Wild Bird Learning Ctr to birds in need. Open to public daily