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.