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Mote asks Manatee County for $15 million for new aquarium

Mote Marine Lab CEO emphasizes jobs and economic impact.

MANATEE COUNTY – Mote Marine Laboratory is asking Manatee County to contribute $15 million toward the construction of its proposed state-of-the-art aquarium at Nathan Benderson Park.

Sarasota County, where the lakefront park is located just south of the Sarasota-Manatee line, is considering a $20 million request for the $130 million project.

So far, donors have provided or pledged more than $30 million toward the Mote Science Education Aquarium — known, in short, as Mote SEA.

On Tuesday, Manatee County Commission Chairman Stephen Jonsson said he received a letter from Mote President and Chief Executive Michael Crosby requesting the financial support.

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