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.
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.