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US Coast Guard Station Cortez


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

Coast Guard Station Cortez

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.

Arriving at US Coast Guard Station Cortez
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.

Base Population
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.