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  • Clerk Receives Highest Award for Financial Reporting

    Friday, April 24, 2015—For the 36th consecutive year, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, R.B. "Chips" Shore, has been presented with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the County’s comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR), for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014. This Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by government and its management.  
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  • The Growth and Accomplishments of the Florida Maritime Museum.

    Tuesday, March 10, 2015—The Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th Street, West, Cortez, is located in the historic fishing village of Cortez and is housed in their 1912 School House. The building served Cortez as a school, community center and hurricane shelter until 1961. It eventually became the private residence and studio of renowned weaver, Robert Sailors, until his death in 1995. In need of restoration and sitting vacant, the residents of Cortez rallied to ensure that the building was preserved. It was purchased by Manatee County in 1999 and assigned to R.B. “Chips” Shore, the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller, and his Historical Resources Department to manage.  After restoration, the building was opened to the public as the Florida Maritime Museum in 2006.
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