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.
Established in 2008, we promote, support & act as advocate for art and culture on the Island. Our featured event is ArtsHOP which takes place the second weekend in November and celebrates the island arts & culture.
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.
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.
Christ-centered residential maternity homes serving the needs of at-risk pregnant women of all ages & their babies. We offer housing & a structured program (free of charge) for the duration of their pregnancy & a pre-determined time post birth.
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!
Consolidated waste services company providing residential, commercial & industrial, temporary & permanent roll-off services & portable toilet leasing services. We provide the highest level of service in the safest, most environmentally sound manner.
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.
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.
Independent special fire control district on the west side of Manatee County committed to providing services essential to the safety and well being of the community. Serving all of AMI, the unincorporated area of Cortez, Palma Sola and NW Bradenton.
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.
The community’s gathering place! A non-profit community center that strives 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.
A Visit Florida Certified Travel Information Center as well as the island’s Chamber of Commerce. Our mission statement is to serve our membership and community through proactive leadership that builds a positive business climate while enhancing and protecting the quality of life for all.
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.