Mote looking for more land for new aquarium

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SARASOTA – Mote Marine is looking for more land for its new aquarium.

Mote will be working with Sarasota County on a leasing deal for 27 acres of land at Nathan Benderson Park for the new aquarium.

That is three times the originally agreed upon nine acres proposed for the $130 million facility.

Originally the lease was expected to be finalized by Oct 24, but the county commission will have to consider this new wrinkle before agreeing to the deal.

County attorneys prefer an outright sale to mote for the proposed $130 million aquarium, but it could not be built without re –zoning the land.

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