Will Bronson Aquarium Eventually Become a Reality?

Will Bronson Aquarium Eventually Become a Reality?

It’s a fact. It takes time to set up an aquarium. That’s because there is a lot to creating an artificial marine life than just water and tanks. This can’t be truer for the Branson aquarium, a project which might finally become a reality or otherwise.

A report published on Ozark First by Frances Lin shows that the proposal to start this project is still in the discussion stage.

Members of the Public Comment on the “Aquarium at the Boardwalk” Project in Branson

“We are just there to listen to their comments, and then the board of alderman will take under recommendation what the comments from the community are when they go to make their decisions next week,” said Karen Best, mayor of the city of Branson.

Best said she will not be voting on this TIF project. “Technically, by law, I can vote, and I can either support or not support it, but I would rather just remain neutral,” Best explained.

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The board hasn’t casted a vote on the issue. As it stands, all the board is interested in is what the public has to say about the proposed aquarium project.

According to KY3, the project will require up to $7 Million in funding if the proposal to turn Grand Palace Theatre into an aquarium gets an approval.

Discussions about proposed aquarium in Branson continue

The developers of the Aquarium at the Boardwalk say they need about $7 million in Tax Increment Financing, or TIF. It’s a special kind of funding that basically takes tax generated on the attraction to pay for the project.

The TIF Comission has already recommended the TIF request for approval, but the Board of Aldermen will have the final say. The developers, who also own several other Branson attractions including the Hollywood Wax Museum, are asking the public to pay for less than 14 percent of only phase one of the project.

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At the moment, there is still a lot of controversies on whether this is even the right move to take in the first place.

A report published on Bloo Loop shows that the project will happen in phases, and each will require proper funding.

Developers have revealed more of their plans for the Branson Aquarium on the site of the Grand Palace in Branson, Missouri.

The website of the project reveals further details planned for the aquarium, if it is approved. It will offer up-close views of  fish, seahorses, jellyfish, octopi, eels, and sharks. There will be chances to touch rays and sharks, as well as a photo opportunity wearing a high-tech diving suit, or inside a fish bowl. Guests wil also be able to slide through a real tank.

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If voted for, Kuvera Partners, who bought the theater about four years ago, will be responsible for the construction of the aquarium.


If the proposed aquarium gets an approval from the board, the construction of the project will be set to start in the year 2020.


Another Dolphin Dies in the Arizona Aquarium

Another Dolphin Dies in the Arizona Aquarium

The recent death of a dolphin at the Arizona Aquarium setup is an event that the management hasn’t been able to explain yet. The report of the death came on Thursday evening and activists aren’t happy with the death of the animal.

A report by Catherine Holland from the AZ Family shows the dolphin, which goes by the name Kai, died after a short illness.

Another dolphin dies at Dolphinaris Arizona, 4th death in less than 2 years

“Immediately after Kai started showing signs of health decline two weeks ago our team made every effort to save his life, including bloodwork testing, ultrasounds, x-rays, and engaging external specialists and submitting diagnostic samples to outside university veterinary laboratories,” Christian Schaeffer, the general manager at Dolphinaris Arizona, said in a statement sent to media outlets. “Kai initially seemed to be responding, but his health suddenly declined last night around 11:30 p.m.

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The manager of the aquariums said that they tried to save Kai’s life, but unfortunately their efforts did not bear any fruits.

According to a report written for NY Pots by Alexandra Klausner, Kai is the fourth dolphin to lose its life at the Arizona Aquarium.

Fourth dolphin dies at Dolphinaris Arizona after struggling to breathe

A bottlenose dolphin died at an Arizona marine park on Thursday, making him the fourth dolphin to die there in less than two years.

Employees at Dolphinaris Arizona in Scottsdale euthanized 22-year-old Kai on Thursday morning after the dolphin exhibited signs of illness for about two weeks, ABC 15 reported. Kai had been having trouble breathing, swimming and eating, Dolphinaris said. The park has yet to announce Kai’s cause of death.

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The report further shows that this is the fourth death that has been quite difficult to explain, especially because they all happened in less than two years.

Kashmira Gander from News Week tried finding out the exact cause of the death of the dolphins from the management to enlighten the public on the same.


Christian Schaeffer, the general manager of the Dolphinaris , acknowledged in a statement seen by ABC15 that the death of four dolphins in the last year and a half is “abnormal.” He described the latest loss as “devastating.”

“We will be taking proactive measures to increase our collaborative efforts to further ensure our dolphins’ well-being and high quality of life,” he said. Independent experts have been tasked with investigating the deaths, according to Schaeffer.

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The manager of the aquarium described the deaths of the dolphins as abnormal, devastating, and difficult to explain.


Activists now want the aquarium shut down, because the management hasn’t given an explanation as to why four dolphins have lost their lives in such a short time.


Florida Aquarium Opens a Rehabilitation Center for Sea Turtles

Florida Aquarium Opens a Rehabilitation Center for Sea Turtles

Turtles are among the most beautiful creatures in a marine setup. But they are also the most endangered species according to Florida Aquarium. Having invested $4 Million to build and officially launch the Apollo Center, the goal of the Aquarium is to rehabilitate and protect these turtles today and in the years to come.

According to Paul Guzo, author at Tampa Bay, the project cost the Florida Aquarium about $4 Million USD to complete.

Florida Aquarium opens $4.1 million turtle rehab center at growing Apollo Beach campus

On Wednesday, the aquarium took a step toward making them happen when it unveiled a new two-story, 19,000-square-foot Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center.

The $4.1 million open-air center features a surgery center and five pools from 1,500 gallons to 25,000 gallons in size. The largest pool reaches a depth of 11 feet, big enough to monitor whether a recovering turtle can dive for food before it is released into the wild.

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According to the report, the aquarium is also planning to build 6 greenhouses and each is expected to cost around $250,000.

According to a report published by Steve Newborn on WUSF News, Florida Aquarium has rescued and rehabilitated about 150 turtles since its founding in 1995.

Florida Aquarium Sea Turtle Rehab Center Opens In Apollo Beach

The Florida Aquarium cut the ribbon Wednesday on a sea turtle rehabilitation center in Apollo Beach. It will  expand efforts to save endangered turtles – and increase public awareness of them.

The aquarium has rescued about 150 turtles since it opened in downtown Tampa in 1995. This will also allow the public to see how the threatened and endangered turtles are treated, said Aquarium CEO Roger Germann.

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The new project will see to it that the aquarium rescues even more turtles in 2019 and the years and generations to come.

Report by Lloyd Sowers from Fox 13 News indicates that Apollo Beach is big enough to accommodate a large number of turtles.

Apollo Beach facility to provide advanced care for sea turtles

“We’ve seen red tide effect sea turtles, frostbite. We’re getting calls from as far north as New England to bring sea turtles down here,” says Roger Germann, president and CEO of the Florida Aquarium.Germann says the center can treat as many as 100 small to medium-sized turtles at a time. The goal is to treat them and then release them back into the wild.The center’s 11-foot deep dive tank is the largest of its kind in the state.

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The primary goal for making the tank big in the aquarium is to enable the staff in the Florida Aquarium to know how far the rehabilitated turtle will be able to dive for food, especially in the wild.


Overall, the rehabilitation program will see to it that all the turtles in Florida have a safe haven. The aquarium hopes that one day they will be able to do a lot more in the future. And the big goal is to restore the blue planet.

Tennessee Aquarium Finally Welcomes the 25th Million Guest

Tennessee Aquarium Finally Welcomes the 25th Million Guest

Tennessee Aquarium project has grown to become one of the most popular one-stop destinations for many people. There are hundreds of thousands of people visiting every year. This means there is no denying that that it has grown to become one of the biggest communities for education as well as entertainment.

According to a post published by Anna Huffstutler on WRCB TV, Tennessee Aquarium started back in 1992.

Tennessee Aquarium marks major milestone, welcomes 25 millionth guest

To mark the milestone, the Tennessee Aquarium gave the family a reward package that included complimentary tickets to the aquarium and IMAX 3D Theatre, $250 toward purchases made in the aquarium gift shops, a behind-the-scenes tour, a VIP pass to more than 20 Chattanooga-area attractions and a voucher to come back to Chattanooga in the future and stay in the new Edwin hote

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From the founding date until today, the aquarium has been a one-stop destination to hundreds of thousands of visitors.

A report published by News Channel 9 shows that the aquarium finally welcomed its 25-million guest to the aquarium.

A visit to remember: TN Aquarium welcomes 25-millionth guest, reflects on impact

Amanda, Michael, Michael, Jacob, and Taylor Roe from Bristol, Tenn. came to Chattanooga to visit the Tennessee Aquarium for the very first time. Amanda was surprised to learn she was the Aquarium’s 25-millionth guest. “We wanted to come down to Chattanooga to spend the weekend with our family,” said Amanda Roe. “We had never been here before, so we were so surprised to win.”

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Of course, the number of visitors so far passed the 25-million mark, but this is such a great milestone since opening in 1992.

According to Thom Benson from Chattanoogan, the 25-million guest to the aquarium received an award valued at $1,000.

Tennessee Aquarium Welcomes 25-Millionth Guest, Reflects On Impact

In recognition of their important place in the 26-year history of the Aquarium, the lucky group was surprised in the River Journey building with a collection of prizes valued at more than $1,000 and guaranteed to inspire a return visit. The reward package included complimentary tickets to the Aquarium and IMAX 3D Theater, $250 toward purchases in the Aquarium gift shops, a special behind-the-scenes tour, a VIP pass to more than 20 Chattanooga-area attractions and a voucher to return to Chattanooga to stay in the new Edwin boutique hotel.

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The management argued that the gifting would inspire more visits to the aquarium in the coming years.


If you have not been to Tennessee Aquarium before, and you feel like you need a recommendation of one of the best places to visit for education and leisure, then you should consider this one.

Oregon Aquarium Plans Rehabilitation Facility, Staten Island Zoo Opens, and Monterey Bay Aquarium Plans to Open Free Access to Public

Oregon Aquarium Plans Rehabilitation Facility, Staten Island Zoo Opens, and Monterey Bay Aquarium Plans to Open Free Access to Public

Many aquariums are doing the best possible to not only built a center of attraction for visitors but also to create a safe haven for sea creatures. Or at least, that’s what Oregon, Staten Island Zoo, and Monterey Bay Aquarium projects are up to.

According to Tom Banse from KUOW, Oregon Aquarium is planning to put up a rehabilitation facility for several abandoned sea creatures.

Oregon aquarium plans a $4.75 million rehabilitation facility for sick or stranded sea animals

The aquarium in Newport currently uses several older repurposed buildings to diagnose and treat rescued marine creatures. But aquarium leaders want to build a new, higher-capacity wildlife rehab center. The aquarium is set to expand in stages as funds are secured, starting with an additional sea otter holding pool,  assistant curator of marine mammals Brittany Blades said.

“Right now there aren’t enough facilities, like zoos and aquariums, who can take in stranded pups that aren’t able to be released back into the wild,” Blades said in an interview beside the otter exhibit.

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If the $4.75 million project goes well, these animals will have won themselves a safe haven in the Oregon Aquarium Center.

After so many months of renovation, the Staten Island Zoo reopened to the public, reports Shira Stoll from SHILIVE.

Staten Island Zoo officially opens aquarium with ribbon cutting ceremony

The new tanks represent distinct regions: Tropical Coral Reef, Pacific Kelp Forest, Southeast Asian Freshwater Habitat and Atlantic/Caribbean Sea Life. Kenneth Mitchell, executive director of the Staten Island Zoo, expressed his gratitude toward everyone who helped make the “wonderful new aquarium at America’s littlest city.”

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The renovation cost the zoo about $9.3 million, and there is a more breathtaking zoo with a promising immersive experience.

According to the Californian report, people that want to pay a visit to Monterey Bay Aquarium for free will have a chance for that.

Want to go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for free? Your chance is coming

Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito County residents can go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for free Dec. 1 through  Dec. 9 during the annual Community Open House. Residents from the three counties must present photo identification and proof of residence at the main entrance to receive free admission, according to the aquarium.

Current student ID from any university or community college located within any of these counties, utility bills, and monthly bus passes from Monterey-Salinas Transit, Santa Cruz Metro and San Benito County Express are also valid as proof of residence.

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The nine-day event, which will run from Dec 1 through Dec 9, will give you an opportunity to access different parts of the Aquarium without paying a dime.


These are some of the most popular ongoing aquarium projects right now. And they are always open to the public.