Sarasota County and Mote Marine Laboratory are now working towards an agreement that will eventually see Mote lease and take ownership of 27 acres at Nathan Benderson Park as the site for its proposed new $130 million aquarium.

That’s nearly triple what was originally requested.

The project was discussed for the first time at the Tuesday county council meeting.

It’s expected to be formally approved at the council’s next meeting on the 24th.