Clearwater Aquarium Scraps Plans For Move To Downtown

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 4 years ago
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aq It appears the Clearwater Aquarium has had a change of direction. ‘Winter’ the Dolphin will not be moving to downtown. Rather than relocate, the Aquarium will expand its current location.The Aquarium has stated that the issue is bad timing, with not enough time to relocate to the new location. “The number one issue I’ve always had in the expansion was the issue of timing,” aquarium CEO David Yates said. “We feel we can do things much faster here.” The Aquariums focus now will be adding onto the Island Estates location. The renovation plans are not finalized at this time but it seems clear that downtown relocation will not be happening. MORE

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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