“Many men go fishing all of their life without realizing it is not fish that they are after.” ~ Henry David Thoreau~
To see a bit of Old Florida, venture out to the working waterfront of Cortez. This weathered gray shack is up on stilts in the waterway behind the historic Cortez Fishing Village. I still haven’t quite figured it out, but it presents a great photo op!
Cortez Fishing Village was founded in the 1880’s. It is one of the last remaining fishing villages in the state and it provides much of the grouper and shrimp that is served in local restaurants. This 2 mile square settlement has offspring of the original settlers living in the 1920 bungalos along the narrow streets. All of the original families that arrived here from the southern edge of the Outer Banks of North Carolina to escape the Atlantic hurricanes still have a representatives here in the fishing industry.