My wife and I had a great time in Cortez, FL and Anna Maria Island today. These white pelicans have just recently returned to Florida from their summer homes in the upper midwest. The brown pelicans are most likely year around residents. Cortez is an interesting town in that it is one of the last remaining commercial fishing villages in Florida. Working boats are visible everywhere you look. We enjoyed a great 2 hour boat tour of Anna Maria sound, Longboat pass, and a short excursion into the Gulf of Mexico aboard Captain Mark's pontoon boat. I highly recommend him, he is very knowledgeable of the area, the wildlife and the fishing industry. The nice thing is he doesn't feel the need to be a tour guide for the entire cruise which greatly enhanced my enjoyment.