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Floridians to get discount at aquarium

State residents visiting the Florida Aquarium this summer will pay about 20 percent less for admission than out-of-state visitors, aquarium officials said Thursday.

Starting Saturday and until Labor Day, Florida residents will get $3 off the current $13.95 adult ticket; senior and youth admission rates will be $10, representing a savings of $2.55 and children's tickets will be $5.50, a savings of $1.45. The new lower rates will be in effect until Sept. 4, aquarium officials said.

"We want to both show our appreciation to Floridians for their support in our opening months and provide them with a summer value price," said Frank Nocera, the aquarium's vice president of community services.

Officials said focus groups indicated customers wanted Florida-resident rates at zoos and attractions. Visitors also said they prefer a flat parking rate, so starting Saturday it will cost $3 to park at the aquarium.

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