Keep your eyes open for a lot of upcoming changes…things are about to get crazy! Yet this is an extremely exciting time for us and we so honored to be able to spread the word and educate the world on our mission of rescuing, rehabbing and releasing marine life.

We have been making plans to expand our square footage to improve the guest experience. Also, with the West Side construction starting soon we needed to add portable restrooms as our old restrooms are being bulldozed very soon.

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Adding tents on the North side of the building covered both issues. We are now operational with our new ticket trailers. These will relieve the bottleneck indoors where ticket sales and retail sales had shared the same area. Once our guest purchases a ticket they will walk into the fenced area where a Guest Service Specialist will greet the guest and verify they have purchased a ticket.

Once inside the fence the guests are now free to roam the entire guest side of the building and come and go from the building to the fenced area to utilize the restrooms and the activities that the Hospitality team will provide under the tents.

We have designated new handicapped parking spaces beside the ticket trailers to ensure a positive guest experience for our disabled guests. We have reclassified the restroom by surgery as our ADA restroom as the restrooms outside are not designed for ADA.

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The rehab of our Turtle ICU is moving forward and is slated to re-open the week of Sept. 12th. When completed this area will have air conditioning and a new drop ceiling with improved lighting. The new glass door will allow our guests to have a clear view into the area while maintaining good quarantine. We will also have two cameras placed in this space which will have a live feed out into the public space so the guests can have a better view of the turtles in the pools. The new look will not only be great for the public but will better serve the turtles in this area.

Please help us continue to rescue the injured and sick marine life! We need you!

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32,453 guests answered our call to “Come See Winter!”

With less than 2 months to the premiere of Dolphin Tale, the Warner Bros.- based Alcon Entertainment major motion picture about CMA’s most famous resident, Winter, CMA broke all time attendance records. Five years ago, CMA’s July attendance was only 9,302, but with the arrival of Winter and a new management team, CMA’s attendance numbers began to consistently increase. In July 2009, CMA reached 23,583 attendees. Today, coinciding with trailers in theatres and promotions beginning around the country, more and more visitors are coming to see Winter, 32,453 to be exact. This represents a 39% growth from July 2010. With the unparalleled publicity from the movie, CMA is progressing on a new path that includes a $12 million dollar expansion that will allow for the growth of the mission – Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Release of sick and injured marine animals and public education.

Will you be the next to visit CMA and say hi to Winter?

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Help feed her for a day by adopting her. A perfect gift for that special someone, young or old!

turtle-rehabDid you know that Clearwater Marine Aquarium has a motor vehicle and boat donation program? Did you know that your boat can help CMA save dolphins and sea turtles?

Yes, you can help support our state-wide marine life rescue work. It takes almost $1 million a year to provide food and care for our rescued dolphins, sea turtles and river otters! And, of course, this expense grows every year as costs increase and we rescue more animals. A perfect example of our work is our 5-year-old dolphin Winter, the star of the upcoming movie Dolphin Tale

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You can help out with these expenses by donating your car, truck, RV or boat that you no longer need or want. There is also a benefit to you. By giving us your vehicle or boat, you immediately eliminate the expenses associated with the donation such as maintenance, insurance, dock rent, storage, etc. Upon the sale of your donation, you will be entitled to a tax deduction for the amount of the sale of the vehicle or boat.

Once you decide to donate your vehicle or boat, a simple call to our Director of Vehicle and Vessel Donations, Ivan Wolf, at 727-423-2628 or our toll free number 877-5-DOLPHIN will start the process. Ivan will explain in detail the parameters of the donation and arrange an evaluation of the vessel or vehicle as well as its pick-up.

This is an easy way help to contribute to our cause without digging into your cash reserves, and to reduce expenses while saving on taxes. Call us today!