"Years ago, my wife and I were vacationing on Anna Maria Island and I promised my wife that I would buy her a place in this area called 'Paradise'. So, after retirement and looking at all my options, I could not find any better people and place to live out my 'SALTLIFE'.
We love this place, but a place is just a place. It's the people that make this place 'Very Special.'"
|-- Jackie and Juan|
Park Residents (Lot # 32)
"My wife, Barbara, and I had spent several months each winter in a campground in Cortez, and absolutely loved the area. We were right on the water with access to the intracoastal, Sarasota Bay, and the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. Cortez is a historical and still active commercial fishing village, with a tight-knit group of friendly, hardworking residents. Sport fishing is great here as well, and Sarasota and Bradenton offer arts, great shopping, and many activities. When the campground changed ownership and the personality of the park changed, we were desperate to find a park with friendly people, on the same waters or similar waters. We pretty much looked over the entire state of Florida, and found that all we had to do was cross the street, and go to the waterfront in the little park on the south east corner of the Cortez Bridge. The park was, and still is, "Old Florida", with live oaks, some of them huge, and lots of lovely Florida vegetation, shell/gravel roadways. We bought a home on a leased lot. One thing lead to another, and in 2008, a group of the residents formed a coop, Cortez Park Homeowners, and purchased the park. We bought our share, and could not be happier. The homeowners are friendly and helpful and look out for each other, and we all have the wonderful offerings of the area available, beaches just across the bridge, great fishing from shore or boat, on-the-water living, and restaurant choices that would take years to cover. For those who love seafood, it's heaven, with three fresh fish houses within walking distance! Take a look for yourself. Well, time to go to the waterfront and watch the sunset!"
|-- Carl & Barbara|
"I became part of the family at the Park in 2009. Having friends of 20 plus years (Jim & Nancy Bresnahan) living in the Park really made me feel at home. They introduced me to their neighbors Alma, Joann, Bud, Ed & Donna along with many others and I just knew this is where I wanted to be. Since then so many others have become second family to me and we all enjoy living in Paradise. I cannot think of a better place to be."
|-- Gloria Weir|
Park Resident (Lot # 7)
"Hmm, another glorious day at Cortez Park. What to do?
Pour a cup of coffee and stroll a few yards to the Park's waterfront and watch the sailboats cruise by?
Walk or bicycle over Cortez Bridge to the Gulf beaches awaiting directly at the other end? (Shops, restaurants and a free trolley too!)
Amble over to an on-site or nearby eatery - the Starfish, Tide Tables, Seafood Shack, or one of the others - but which one?
Of course the Park always has social events to join as well. Perhaps an outing to a museum, theater or restaurant? Spring baseball training any one?
To cap off the day, pour a glass of wine, walk over to the Park's sea wall and join in conversations or just watch for dolphins, leaping mullets and dive-bombing pelicans. Then take a deep breath, smile and enjoy another spectacular sunset.
What a life!"
|-- Guna MacDonald |
Park Resident (Lot # 51)