Oct 01 2015

PALMETTO, Fla. – The Manatee County Port Authority plans to host an Oct. 22 workshop to provide information on – and gather public input for – an update being prepared for Port Manatee’s master plan.

The Thursday, Oct. 22, workshop is slated to be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Port Manatee Intermodal Center, 1905 Intermodal Circle in Palmetto. Because the building is on port property, those attending are asked to bring a driver’s license or other valid government-issued photo ID to the access control center at Port Manatee’s north gate at 13604 Reeder Road.

“We encourage and welcome input and ideas as the process of updating Port Manatee’s master plan moves forward,” said Carlos Buqueras, Port Manatee’s executive director. “The updated plan will identify growth opportunities and help set the course for the future success of Manatee County’s regional seaport.”

The update is being undertaken to develop a five-year capital improvement program and 10-year strategic maintenance and expansion plan for Port Manatee, as well as propose a development program for multiple economic development encouragement areas in the port’s vicinity. The update is proceeding in accordance with Florida statutory requirements.

In addition to opportunities to provide formal input and interact with port staff and stakeholders at the workshop meeting, comments may be sent via email to communications@portmanatee.com or mailed to Master Plan Update Input c/o Virginia Zimmermann, Marketing and Public Relations Manager, 300 Tampa Bay Way, Palmetto, FL 34221.

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.