Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium starts construction for new facility
A 12-acre area for a new 110,000-square-foot science and education aquarium
SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Sarasota County Commission approved the new ownership of property near Nathan Benderson Park and UTC Mall for Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. The current facility is only 66,000 square feet.
The area will be within an hour drive of 3 million Floridians close to Interstate 75. The three-story facility is projected to bring in $28 million in revenue to the area. About 70,000 students from Sarasota and Manatee county schools will be admitted free of charge to expand marine education programs.
Visitors can jump into hands-on teaching activities and on-site diving programs and use interactive technology.
The project is set to be completed in 2023.
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