Marketing and Public Relations Manager
PALMETTO, Fla. – Beginning Monday (June 13), the south gate entrance to Port Manatee is slated to be closed for about 12 weeks while a construction project advances enhancements to security and traffic flow.
During the temporary closure, all port traffic is to be routed through Port Manatee’s north gate complex.
Rather than use the South Dock Street entrance to the port during the construction period, truck drivers and others are asked to utilize the north gate, at Reeder Road and North Dock Street, which may be easily accessed from U.S. 41 by turning west at Piney Point Road, about one-quarter mile north of the South Dock Street intersection.
The $1 million modernization project is funded primarily through a federal port security grant and is projected to be completed by Sept. 1.
“We look forward to the reopening of the enhanced south gate entrance,” said Betsy Benac, chairwoman of the Manatee County Port Authority. “We apologize in advance for any minor disruptions and are confident that the benefits of the modernized complex will far outweigh any temporary inconvenience.”
David St. Pierre, Port Manatee’s director of seaport security, added, “The improvements will significantly bolster security while further promoting safe, efficient movement of cargo, including oversized project pieces.”
Located “Where Tampa Bay Meets the Gulf of Mexico,” Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the expanding Panama Canal, with 10 40-foot-draft berths serving container, bulk, breakbulk, heavylift, project and general cargo customers. The port generates more than $2.3 billion in annual economic impact for the local community, while supporting more than 24,000 jobs, without levying ad-valorem taxes.