Why Choose Port Manatee?

Tampa Bay’s Port Manatee is undeniably unique. With nearly 5,000 acres of largely undeveloped land just outside the port’s gates, Port Manatee has room to grow. The port offers major incentives to entice the relocation and development of distribution centers within the Port Manatee Encouragement Zone and the Port Manatee Improvement District. And, shippers don’t face landside gridlock thanks to 60-mph non-stop access to Interstates 75 and 275 and Port Manatee's own railroad connecting to CSX rail lines. Port Manatee is regarded as the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the Panama Canal and it is a short distance from the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Florida International Gateway

The Florida International Gateway, located within the Port Manatee Improvement District, is a unique initiative to attract major shippers and port-related businesses to move within a vast green field area neighboring Port Manatee. The district features nearly 5,000 acres of land ripe for development and offers the following incentives.

  • DRI Exemption (Extension of Florida seaports’ Development of Regional Impact exemption)
  • Impact Fee Reductions
  • Expedited Permit Approvals
  • Expedited Rezoning Options
  • Extension of Foreign Trade Zone
  • Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District - Manatee County Ordinance and Map

Additional incentives are available through various local and state economic development agencies. Port Manatee executives work closely with these agencies to ensure clients realize maximum benefits.

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Available Real Estate and Warehousing

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For more information contact:

Matthew Appice | Port Manatee
Senior Director of Trade Development and Sales

Intermodal Connectivity

Congestion is not an issue at Port Manatee. The port offers superior highway and interstate connections with non-stop 60-mph access to Interstate 75 and Interstate 275. Trucks leaving Port Manatee reach I-75 and I-275 in less than 4 minutes via U.S. Highway 41 without encountering a single traffic light.

Preserving interstate highway connectivity is a priority. A Project Design and Environment study is presently underway for the Port Manatee Connector Road to identify the best corridor for an east-west highway linking I-75 directly to the port’s front gate. For more information, visit

Foreign Trade Zone No. 169

For information about the benefits of doing business within Port Manatee’s Foreign Trade Zone, contact:

Matthew Appice | Port Manatee
Senior Director of Trade Development and Sales