Cortez in running for "Ultimate Fishing Town" title

CORTEZ – Manatee County’s historic fishing village is a contender to be voted the “Ultimate Fishing Town.”

Cortez was nominated for World Fishing Networks’ Ultimate Fishing Town contest, putting the community in contention for a regional prize of $3,500 or grand prize of $25,000.

“I just think Cortez is coming into its own,” Karen Bell said. “People are learning to appreciate commercial fishing.”

Bell, a manager at the family-run A.P. BellFishing Co., attributes the increased attention Cortez and similar fishing communities have gained to television shows such as Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” and National Geographic’s “Wicked Tuna.”

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