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Feasibility Study for Clearwater downtown aquarium to be released next week



CLEARWATER--The Clearwater Marine Aquarium has notified the city that a feasibility study on a proposed downtown aquarium will be ready next week.

A  letter Thursday to the city from CMA chief operating officer Frank Dame said a delay “beyond our control” was responsible for missing the aquarium’s previously stated goal of delivering the study to the city by the end of February.

Dame told City Manager Bill Horne that an executive summary of the report would be available by March 10. But David Yates, the aquarium’s CEO, said the executive summary would be publicly vetted toward the end of next week. Yates said he didn’t have an exact date for the presentation.

The study, conducted by AECOM, a Los Angeles-based management and technical services firm, was originally slated to be completed by the end of 2013.

In a November referendum, Clearwater voters approved changes to the city charter that allows the aquarium project to move forward. 

Opponents of the project have asked why the study wasn’t available before the vote and have questioned its delay.

[Last modified: Friday, February 28, 2014 2:37pm]


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