County may give Mote an assist to help with move


SARASOTA – Mote Marine may get to a new location with an assist from the county.

The Sarasota County Commission is considering giving the nonprofit marine center $20 million toward a new $130 million aquarium at Nathan Benderson Park.

Mote plans to keep the current facility on City Island for research purposes.

Two hundred employees are expected to remain at that site.

The Commissioners like the plan, but want a feasibility study done before they sign off on the money.

That money would come from the county’s tourist tax revenue.

In addition, the Herald-Tribune says Mote requested a long–term lease of nine acres at the park, which is owned by the county.


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Kathy Leon
New York born, morning anchor Kathy Leon has lived in Florida more than half her life and Sarasota is truly her home. She joined the Herald-Tribune in 2003 after her son was born, choosing to take a break from TV news after 10 years at Sarasota's WWSB, as a reporter and its first morning anchor. But, after a 10 month break, the opportunity to work together with paper and web reporters lured her back. She’s almost done it all; Weekend anchor, morning anchor, executive producer and even a weather forecaster! Along the way Kathy won an Associated Press award for Best Sports story, as well as five others for hard news. Still as a wife, and working mom of 2, she’s always striving to find the right balance. And, with all the resources Sarasota has to offer the hardest part is taking advantage of it all. Contact Kathy at


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