Millions of dollars from motel rooms and short-term lodgings will go to a pair of projects in Manatee County. The projects, one on Anna Maria Island and another in Lakewood Ranch will take on vastly different looks as one will be a pier and the other will be a land purchase. The $5.5. The historic pier in Manatee County will be rebuilt after the commission approved the funds Thursday. It also approved the county’s purchase of the Premier Sports Campus from Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, the developer of Lakewood Ranch.