Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Marineland Deal Would Keep Dolphins, Resolve Debt

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Marineland Deal Would Keep Dolphins, Resolve Debt

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MARINELAND -- The foundation that oversees the famous aquarium here is working on a deal that would keep dolphins splashing while resolving its multimillion-dollar debt.

After more than a year of negotiations, Dennis Blackburn, a lawyer for the Marineland Foundation, wants to wrap up the deal by the start of the New Year.

"The sooner the better," Blackburn said Monday during a meeting of the Marineland Foundation Board of Directors.

Under the proposed plan, the Marineland Foundation would sell some of its dolphins to Busch Entertainment, the parent company of SeaWorld of Florida and Discovery Cove in Orlando.

The remaining dolphins, other marine animals and the aquarium would then be sold to Marine Park of Flagler, a developer interested in eco-tourism.

Buddy Jacoby, the general manager for Marine Park of Flagler, said his company's vision for the 60-year-old attraction is a "research resort," where visitors study dolphins and go kayaking in the Intracoastal Waterway. …

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