This afternoon, the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota announced a new $130 million upgrade.
According to a press release, the center will soon be renamed to the Mote Science Education Aquarium, and will more than double in size at a whopping 110,000 square feet.
While the new facility will move from the current location at Ken Thompson Parkway to 5-acres of land in Nathan Benderson Park, arguably the biggest news is that the new aquarium will resemble some sort of space-themed bathtub.
The new facility will hold 1 million gallons of exhibit water for the public to view marine life, as well as expanding the areas for its research and education programs.
"We are now taking the next and biggest step in becoming a truly world-class marine research laboratory. Relocating our aquarium will give us the space needed to expand and upgrade our research labs. Our new aquarium, when completed, will be a spectacular venue for our educational endeavors and will create an incredible regional visitor attraction," said Robert Essner, chairman of Mote's Board of Trustees.
The project is being funded by a fundraising effort called Oceans for All: Improving Access to Marine Science and Technology, according to a news release.
More details on the project are expected as we get closer to the construction in 2019.