Port Manatee

Port Manatee is located approximately 14 miles north of the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport near the Manatee-Hillsborough county line. It is one of Florida’s largest ports and the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the Panama Canal. The port offers more than 1 million square feet of public warehouse and office space, featuring refrigerated and freezer space. Port Manatee is Foreign Trade Zone No. 169 and offers importers, exporters and manufacturers the ability to defer, reduce or eliminate duties on goods.

[info from Anne O'Roake]

Port Tampa Bay

The largest port in Florida and the 10th largest in the nation, the Port Tampa Bay is located an hour’s drive north of Sarasota County. The port accommodates half of Florida’s cargo in the form of bulk, break bulk, ro-ro, refrigerator and container. The port is also one of the top shipbuilding and repair centers in the Southeast and a major cruise home port. The Port Tampa Bay is Foreign Trade Zone No. 79.


More than 1 million business and leisure passengers annually make national and international connections through Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. Sarasota Bradenton International is a safe, friendly, efficient aviation gateway with a distinctive regional flavor providing domestic and international connectivity to the entire world through the hubs of Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Elite Airways, JetBlue Airways and United Airlines. To meet increasing demand in the corporate jet market and fractional ownership fleets at SRQ, the airport is served by two state-of-the-art, fixed-base operators (FBO). Venice Municipal Airport, in the heart of that island city, serves general aviation and offers charter and air taxi. Tampa International Airport, St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport and Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers – all reached in a 90-minute drive – are major U.S. and international air portals.

[SRQ info from Mark Stuckey at]

Express Bus Service

Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) offers express bus service connecting North Port to downtown Sarasota. For less than the cost of a gallon of gas, riders enjoy hassle-free commuting on suburban-type motor coaches that make the approximately 70-minute, one-way trip with limited stops. The convenient schedule serves major employment centers such as hospitals, government and commercial offices, and shopping areas. A second express service -- connecting North Port, Venice and Sarasota – is in the works.

Susan M. Walsh, APR
Sarasota County Communications| Communications Associate
office:    941.861.5504
cell:       941.650.4791

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