Clearwater Marine Aquarium will be auctioning off Winter’s masterpiece, “Winter Inspires”, on September 22nd, during a special event to celebrate the one year anniversary of the release of Dolphin Tale! For details (and to purchase tickets), go to www.ClearwaterStarSpectacular.com. Special thanks to M’Rissa Rosenthal, the artist behind “Winter Inspires”. 

If there are any sponsors who would like to donate their dolphin to be included in CMA’s auction, contact Linda Kay O’Reilly at 727-441-1790 x256. You’ll receive 2 VIP tickets to the event and sponsorship exposure. We’d love to have a pod of dolphins to auction off!

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.

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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.

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