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.
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!
Dedicated to the promotion, education, protection and preservation of Cortez and Florida’s commercial fishing and other traditional maritime cultures including the environment upon which these communities depend.
Our typical 1,000-kwh residential customer bill is approximately 30 percent lower than the latest national average. Known for our service reliability & highly fuel efficient power plants, making us one of the cleanest among all utilities nationwide.
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.
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.
A partnership between The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners. We help residents apply research-based solutions to everyday problems to improve their lives.
Child Advocacy Center serving our area’s children victimized by abuse and/or neglect. Our mission is to advocate for & provide the resources, skill, & shelter to alleviate abuse through prevention & intervention for all children and their families.
An independent, college preparatory school providing a world-class education for students in grades Pre-K3 through 12. Small classes, with an outstanding faculty providing a balanced curriculum of academic rigor and character development.
A private non-profit 501(c3) corporation dedicated to the rescue & placement of the Standard, Miniature & Toy Poodle as well as other dogs in need. Sine 1994 we have been dedicated to finding caring adoptive homes for rescued poodles & dogs.
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.
Dedicated to promoting community awareness & involvement in litter prevention, recycling & beautification throughout Manatee County. Our volunteers have been successful in making visible differences in the environmental quality of our community.