March 22, 2018

Aquarium, TECO announce plans for park in Apollo Beach near manatees

Tampa Electric an-nounced plans Thursday to partner with the Florida Aquarium and the state to create a conservation and technology park in Apollo Beach.

The park, which will be located near Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center, will serve as a center for recreation, learning, conservation, research and technology.

Parking and admission to the park will be free when the facility opens in three to five years.

Tampa Electric, a subsidiary of TECO Energy, and the Florida Aquarium formed a partnership for the project with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to offer the park to the public.

“It is an honor to