Mote Marine Lab and Aquarium Starts Construction on New Facility, Near I-75 and UTC Mall
In between the The Mall at UTC and Nathan Benderson Park, along I-75, Construction is starting with what will be the New Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. It will be twice the size of the current Aquarium, Along Sarasota Bay.
The 12-acre area will house a state of the art, new 110,000-square-foot science and education aquarium
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium's current facility is only 66,000 square feet.
Mote says this area location, 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.