Manatee commission approves IMG Academies' expansion plans

MANATEE -- The Manatee County Commission today unanimously OK'd a rezoning change for IMG Academies, which is planning a major expansion.

The board heard some complaints from neighbors concerned about noise and lights on playing fields at the big Bradenton-based sports business.

But after some discussion, the proposal to rezone 221.36 acres to a "Master Planned Institutional Zoning District" won easy approval. The board also OK'd IMG's institutional master plan.

IMG Academies is a sports training facility that attracts thousands of athletes each year to the area.