The Manatee County Port Authority approved the latest update of Port Manatee’s $750 million master plan in 2016. It provides a strategic vision and framework for continued diverse growth of the port for the coming decade and beyond while concentrating on generating local, regional, and statewide economic benefits.
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. 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.