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.
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.
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.
Children and teens proven after school and summer programs focused on academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character & citizenship.
A safe, fun place to learn, grow and make lasting friendships
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Our church shares God’s love thru inspiring & renewing worship, thoughtful interpretation of scripture for today, building community, & active, hands-on service in three mission areas: food security, education, literacy and support for older adults.