The "Vanishing Culture Project" was a Florida Humanities Council grant to capture the oral histories of longtime residents of Cortez. The project also produced several stations about the folkways of the fishermen of Cortez that are placed around the village and a mural painted on the side of a prominent fish house in the community.
In this interview, Sue Turner Maddox talks about family history, not in the fishing industry. Her husband had a drive-in in Mulberry. They divorced and she moved to Cortez in 1965. Maddox had visited with cousins here before. She worked at Moore Stone crab and Bell fish Company in order to support her kids. She got involved in fighting drug problems in Cortez and Bradenton in the 70's with some harrowing results. She still working at Bell's Fish Company.
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