Author: Public must better appreciate Gulf’s importance

by Dale White, Staff Writer for Sarasota Herald Tribune


CORTEZ (Feb 9, 2019) – The author of a highly praised book about the environmental past and potential future of the Gulf of Mexico - and how today’s coastal residents have a role in ensuring its vitality - will deliver his message to an audience in Manatee County.


Jack E. Davis, a professor of environmental history at the University of Florida for more than two decades, received widespread accolades from reviewers for his 2018 book “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea.” His 608-page work received the Pulitzer Prize for history and the Kirkus Prize for nonfiction.


On the evening of March 14, 2019, he will deliver a talk benefiting the Florida Maritime Museum in the historic fishing village of Cortez. The fundraiser at the Seafood Shack restaurant overlooking Anna Maria Sound will assist the Manatee County-owned museum and its support group, the Friends of the Florida Maritime Museum, in collecting and preserving knowledge, artifacts and personal stories about this state’s fishing heritage.


In an announcement about Davis’ pending visit, Ed Chiles, an owner of local waterfront restaurants and a member of the museum’s board and the county’s Tourist Development Council, expressed his enthusiasm about the message he expects the author to share.