- Population: 4.8 Million
- Households: 1.9 Million
- Online Purchases (once in 30 days): 2.9 Million
- Population: 15.3 Million
- Households: 6.1 Million
- Online Purchase (once in 30 days): 5.9 Million
Port Manatee is one of Florida’s largest and fastest growing deepwater seaports, serving as an international gateway between U.S. and global markets.
Located in the eastern Gulf of Mexico at the entrance to Tampa Bay, Port Manatee is regarded as the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the Panama Canal, and is the shortest route between Mexican and Central American production facilities, providing easy access to Florida’s nearly 20 million consumers. The Florida International Gateway includes nearly 5,000 acres of land adjacent to Port Manatee and features excellent customized economic development incentives and expedited permitting.
A robust consumer base of 8 million Florida residents live within a two-hour drive of Port Manatee, and the majority of Florida’s nearly 113 million annual visitors may be found within a three-hour drive.
Located in Foreign Trade Zone 169, Port Manatee offers exceptional highway and interstate connections with 60-mph access to Interstate 75 and Interstate 275. Trucks leaving Port Manatee reach I-75 and I-275 in less than four minutes via U.S. Highway 41.
The port and its partners move approximately 8 million tons of bulk, bulkbreak and container and project cargo each year. Commodities include fresh produce, forestry products, petroleum products, citrus juice products, fertilizer, steel, aluminum, cement, aggregate, automobiles and more.
Port Manatee has more than 1 million square feet of public warehouse and office space, featuring 207,000 square feet of refrigerated space. The port offers nearly 1.5 miles of berthing for ships with two Gottwald HMK 6407 mobile harbor cranes for efficient movement of commodities.
Port Manatee’s Class III railroad connects to CSX rail lines with two switch engines (1,600 and 1,700 horsepower) and nine miles of standard gauge track, 19 switches, nine crossings and 300-plus rail car capacity. The railroad can operate 24 hours a day to accommodate customer needs. Carload Shipments reach major eastern U.S. cities in 3-6 days. (Source: CSX Transportation)
Each year, Port Manatee moves approximately 8 million tons of cargo representing a diverse range of import and export commodities.
- Tropical fruits and vegetables
- Citrus juices
- Natural gas
- Refined petroleum products
- Forest products
- Project cargo
- Aluminum and other non-ferrous metals
- Finished fertilizer products
- Finished phosphate products
- Citrus juices
- Construction and road-building equipment
- Used vehicles
- LNG heat exchangers
- Power generation units
Port Encouragement Zone
The Land Development Code establishes a Planned Development Encouragement Zone (PDEZ) Zoning District. This district encourages port-compatible development on vacant lands in the vicinity of Port Manatee. This could include manufacturing, warehouses, distribution centers and a range of other light and heavy industrial uses. To date, four areas totaling over 1,000 acres have been rezoned to the new PDEZ district.
The PDEZ provides the ability for a landowner to get advance approval for a variety of port-related uses. Once the PDEZ re-zoning is approved and the list of the various potential uses with the rezone, the property owner can then market their property for the list of available uses. Once a decision is made to develop the property, the process will be administrative.