Wait, there's more about noteworthy additions to the region's assets.
Coming in a few years: a marvelous expansion of the exceptionally popular Robinson Preserve (think 300,000 visitors annually to the current 487-acre park).
The additional 150 acres will provide new adventures: a canopy walk high in old-growth trees and access to the historic plantings by the pioneering Reasoner family, which brought back cuttings from around the globe to grow and sell at their nursery. Those date back almost a century.
Nature trails and another kayak launch are also in the offing.
Restoration work is necessary to return the farmland to its natural ecology.
Charlie Hunsicker, Manatee County's director of natural resources, disclosed those very welcome plans this month, too, and also wowed a crowd of 40 this week with a history lesson of the land.
Under Hunsicker's long stewardship of the county's natural resources, Manatee is well known for its 30,000 acres of wildlife habitat preserves and continues to grow in that arena. Nature and wildlife tourism is a huge contributor to the county's prosperity.
We appreciate the county's forward-thinking in this, too.