US Coast Guard Station Cortez

District Seven

4530 124th St. Ct. W, Bradenton, FL 34209

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US Coast Guard Station Cortez is a multi-mission Small Boat Station. Unit missions include: Search and Rescue, Marine Safety, Marine Response, Living Marine Resources, Drug Interdiction, Alien Migrant Interdiction, Auxiliary and Aids to Navigation.

The crew of Coast Guard Station Cortez provides assistance to boaters with an area of responsibility from the Sunshine Skyway in Tampa Bay to Charlotte Harbor. It is under the command of Coast Guard Atlantic Area Command (LANT), District Seven (D7), SECTOR St. Petersburg.


Sector St. Petersburg has become one of the Coast Guard’s largest commands, with an area of responsibility encompassing over 400 nautical miles of coastline along Florida’s west coast and the third largest U.S. port for domestic trade. In terms of total trade volume, including both domestic and foreign, the Port of Tampa ranks 12th nationally. The Sector’s five multi-mission small boat stations, six patrol boats, two aids to navigation cutters, and one aids to navigation team have responsibility for five primary operational missions: Search and Rescue; Marine Safety; Maritime Law Enforcement; Ports, Waterways, and Coastal Security; and Living Marine Resources. Each year Sector St. Petersburg personnel conduct, on average, more than 2600 rescue cases, assisting more than 7000 people and preserving property valued at 39 million dollars.


The integrated Coast Guard team that carries out the sector’s operational missions is comprised of over 825 Active Duty and Reserve Military Members, 27 Civilian and 1800 Auxiliary personnel.



The nearest major airport is Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ / KSRQ). This airport has domestic flights from Sarasota, Florida and is 10 miles from the center of Bradenton, FL.

Another major airport is St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE / KPIE), which has domestic flights from Saint Petersburg, Florida and is 35 miles from Bradenton, FL.


Tampa International Airport (TPA / KTPA) has international and domestic flights from Tampa, Florida and is 44 miles from Bradenton, FL.


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For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at


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The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website


Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to attend kindergarten. Students must be 6 years old on or before Sept. 1 and have completed kindergarten to attend grade 1.


In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit

School District of Manatee County
Gene Witt Elementary School
Braden River High School



If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.


Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.


​If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.


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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.


Child Care Aware:

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.


Military Children and Teens Resource Guide


Manatee County Health Department (941) 748-0747
The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.


Florida Department of Children and Families (866) 762-2237


Humane Society of Manatee County (941) 747-8808
In September of 2015, Humane Society of Manatee County opened a 10,000 square foot state of the art veterinary clinic and high volume Humane Alliance Model spay and neuter clinic. Our veterinary clinic is open to the public by appointment and provides high quality, low-to-moderate cost veterinary care to ensure that this care is available to all cats and dogs in our community.


Florida Highway Safety (941) 751-8350


Base Operator (941) 795-2805


Currently, on-base housing is not offered at Station Cortez.

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In Cortez, the summers are long, hot, oppressive, wet, and mostly cloudy and the winters are short, cool, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 54°F to 89°F and is rarely below 43°F or above 92°F.


The hot season lasts for 4.5 months, from May 24 to October 8, with an average daily high temperature above 85°F. The hottest day of the year is August 11, with an average high of 89°F and low of 77°F. The cool season lasts for 2.8 months, from December 9 to March 4, with an average daily high temperature below 74°F. The coldest day of the year is January 18, with an average low of 54°F and high of 70°F.


The wetter season lasts 3.7 months, from June 5 to September 27, with a greater than 41% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 68% on August 1. The drier season lasts 8.3 months, from September 27 to June 5. The smallest chance of a wet day is 14% on November 22.

Compared to the state average of Florida the cost of living index in Cortez, FL is 114, which is 15% higher than the average in Florida and compared to the national average it is 14% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Cortez, FL goods and services come in at 15% higher than the average in Florida and are 14% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Cortez, on Sarasota Bay in Manatee County, is one of the last remaining fishing villages on Florida’s southwest Gulf coast. Easily reached just west of Bradenton, the historic working waterfront of Cortez is near area beaches, fishing piers and shops. It’s also the place to go for jet skiing, kayaking and parasailing. And don’t miss Cortez’s Florida Maritime Museum, housed in the restored historic 1912 schoolhouse, itself located on the park-like grounds of the Cortez Nature Preserve. Displayed for your delight, you will find the Banks Shell collection, ship models, historic boats and an enthralling butterfly garden.


Discover The Sea Hagg – one of Florida’s most quirky and much-loved retail outlets. Opened in 1998 by a lady called Jan Holman, The Sea Hagg houses an eclectic treasure trove of maritime-themed marvels, such as antique mermaids, pirates, sea hags, shells, fishing floats, fish nets, oars, lanterns, coins and buoys. It would be an almost impossible task to pick out the most unusual item for sale here, though the seashell-coated African fertility chair has to be a strong contender. The unique store also plays host to regular events including book signings, fishing festivals and even a pirate treasure show.


Village of the Arts – At the heart of Bradenton’s cultural scene is this bustling artistic hub featuring a myriad of galleries, studios, restaurants and specialty shops, all housed in colourfully restored 1920s bungalows. Visitors will find an eclectic assortment of art, fashion, jewellery, music, wellness and literature. You can also find courses here in everything from yoga to knife-sharpening, as well as several award-winning restaurants to choose from. The village is open 7 days a week, all-year-round. Popular artwalks take place on the first Friday night and Saturday afternoon of every month, where you can enjoy live music, street food and indie art.


Check out the Red Barn – More than 600 traditional flea market booths along with open-air farmers markets, garage sale booths and food courts draw an incredible 10,000 visitors to this famous Bradenton landmark every weekend. Here they can peruse a seemingly endless selection of home decor, jewellery, apparel, art murals, sporting goods, fresh produce and plenty more. For souvenirs and gifts to take back home from your Bradenton trip, there are few better places to head.


If you’re missing your four-legged friend back home during your stay in Bradenton, then you can head to The Lost Kangaroo pub once a week to get some much-needed canine therapy. Every Thursday, the popular, family-owned pub allows dog owners to bring in their pets so they don’t miss out on the fun. Founded in 1989, as well as its dog-friendly policy, the cosy brick-walled venue is renowned for its impressive selection of craft beers while a large-screen television adorns the main room and shows regular live sports events.

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