The Manatee County Port Authority approved Port Manatee’s $750 million master plan in early 2009.
The master plan directs continued expansion efforts at Port Manatee for five decades, with an immediate focus on opportunities associated with the expansion of the Panama Canal scheduled for completion in 2016.
A primary focus of the plan includes attracting containerized shipping to the port and related support industries, which would make productive use of the Port Manatee Encouragement Zone and the proposed Port Manatee Connector Road to Interstate 75.
Other highlights of the plan include berth and container terminal expansions, comprehensive environmental mitigation strategies and road and railroad enhancements.
The authority’s approval of the plan does not authorize any capital expenditures. The merits of each component of the plan are reviewed and approved individually by the Manatee County Port Authority with corresponding project financing strategies and return on investment analysis.