Mote Marine Lab to construct marine science education center at Anna Maria pier
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium and the City of Anna Maria have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to pursue the construction of a marine science education and public outreach center at the famous City of Anna Maria Pier. The Pier, one of Manatee County’s largest tourist attractions, was reconstructed following Hurricane Irma, and this Center will inspire visitors and residents alike to connect to the importance of the surrounding marine ecosystem that makes Anna Maria Island one of the top destinations in Florida.
Unanimously approved by the City of Anna Maria Commission, and signed by Mayor Dan Murphy and Mote President & CEO Dr. Michael P. Crosby, this MOU will allow the City of Anna Maria and Mote to pursue constructing the Center in the 1,800 square foot empty space currently located at the Pier. Physical plans for the Center include several live animal exhibits as well as several interactive exhibits. Mote’s Education team will also provide regular programming for members of the public that will help them better understand and appreciate the area’s native flora and fauna and learn conservation-minded fishing practices. Following the acquisition of funding by the City, the construction will take approximately six months.