Left to Right – CMA Board Chairman John Draheim, City of Clearwater Council Member Paul Gibson, Mayor of Clearwater Frank Hibbard, Honorary Ride the Wave Chairman Herb Brown, CMA Board Member and Restaurateur Frank Chivas, Progress Energy Community Relations Manager Melissa Seixas, BB&T Senior Vice President Chip Faulk, Clearwater Marine Aquarium CEO David Yates
Renovations will triple resident dolphin space & double sea turtle rehab capacity
Clearwater, FL (June 10, 2011) – Surrounded by dignitaries and supporters, CMA embarked upon a $12 Million campaign to expand the current facility rapidly, before the release of Dolphin Tale. The growth will provide CMA the opportunity to host thousands of visitors, allowing CMA to educate each one about the marine environment and the animals that call our waterways home.
New features include:
• Doubling the sea turtle rehabilitation capacity
• New 1.4 million gallon Dolphin Pool Complex with stadium seating
• Enhanced surgical facilities
• Educational exhibits and signage
• Expanded viewing areas and lobby
• Education enhancements with additional classroom space
• Multi-level parking garage and lot
Today’s speakers included Campaign Supporter and Mayor of the City of Clearwater, Frank Hibbard, Honorary Capital Campaign Chair, Herb Brown, CMA’s CEO, David Yates, CMA Board Chair, John Draheim, and Board Member and local restaurateur, Frank Chivas.
The public can become involved in many ways, including through the newest opportunity, Winter’s Path. Personalized paver stones, which will surround the new facility, are currently available for purchase for as little as $100 each. This striking design element will also allow the public a permanent way to show their support of CMA’s mission of Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release of marine animals.