In September, CMA began its expansion project by starting to build its surface parking lot to the east of our main facility on Island Estates. On the west side of the Aquarium, construction has begun for a brand new Education and Administration/Animal care building and a rehabilitation area that will triple our capacity to care for injured marine animals.
While all this is going on in Island Estates, we have also leased from the City of Clearwater the second floor of the Harborview Center, the former convention center in downtown Clearwater. We are converting the 54,000 square feet of space into a second venue that will be built out with props and scenes used in the filming of the Dolphin Tale movie. There will also be some educational elements in this facility explaining our mission and how we do our work as well as a gift shop. It is our intent to open this experience to visitors by November 18th. A shuttle service will be available to take visitors to and from the downtown venue and our main facility on Island Estates.