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House Speaker insists he’s not getting in the middle of Scientology vs. Clearwater Aquarium

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Ever since he was able to put a leash on rapper Pitbull‘s contract with VISIT Florida, Richard Corcoran has been the patron saint of those hoping to ferret out egregious government spending. Hospitals paying too much to their executives and lobbyists? Call Speaker Corcoran. Lottery makes a deal with a vendor which encumbers future legislative bodies? Call Speaker Corcoran. Tourist development councils spending money on frivolous activities? Call Speaker Corcoran. By now, you get the point. If you think some…

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Rick Scott touts big Q1 tourist numbers during Clearwater stop; talks Donald Trump, Lake O

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Governor Rick Scott stopped by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium this Monday to tout Florida’s big first quarter of tourism. “Today’s an exciting day,” said the 63-year-old Republican governor to a crowd of journalists and spectators, “30 million tourists in one-quarter. It’s a record quarter again.” According to Scott, the state has seen a rise in tourism over each of the past five years. “When you talk about tourism, it’s jobs,” continued Scott, Florida’s self-proclaimed jobs governor. “[Roughly] 1.2 million people…

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Clearwater Marine Aquarium moves forward with expansion plans

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Much to the dismay of neighbors, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is moving forward with plans to expand its popular tourist attraction home to the famous Winter the Dolphin. Amid growing attendance and increasing parking issues, the Community Development Board approved a $45 million expansion plan this week. That includes a food court, coral reef exhibits, lab rooms, a theater, two four-story facilities to house animal life support systems, and a three-story parking garage that will hold more than 400 cars.…

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Pinellas tourism officials to launch national ad campaign

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St. Pete and Clearwater are going national. Pinellas County is planning its first ever national ad campaign to promote the two areas as pristine tourism locations. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the county’s tourism agency, Visit St. Pete-Clearwater, is planning on purchasing ads on Pandora as well as underwriting from various National Public Radio programs. There will also be enticing photos of sun and sand from the region’s Gulf beaches to draw in visitors from frigid cities to the…

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Clearwater Marine Aquarium expansion plans coming soon

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The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is planning to stay exactly where it is. A previous plan to move into a larger facility in downtown Clearwater was abandoned because it would have taken too long. Instead, CEO David Yates is planning to rebuild and expand the current facility located just off the Clearwater Causeway. Yates called the plans that have not been released yet “exciting” and said they will solve all of the aquarium’s issues with space and parking as well as…

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Clearwater Marine Aquarium “hauls in” big AT&T check for afterschool STEM programs

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The Clearwater Marine Aquarium “hauled in” a $25,000 contribution this week to help underserviced local students. The donation from telecommunications giant AT&T will go toward afterschool programs that give 11- to 14-year-old students hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). A presentation ceremony Friday included a boat ride in Clearwater Bay pulling a net containing a oversized AT&T check. Leading the event were David Yates, CEO of Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and state Rep. Ed Narain, who also serves as an…

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Clearwater nonprofit receives fish-monitoring grant from Clearwater Marine Aquarium

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The nonprofit group Reef Monitoring, Inc. has received a grant for $8,400 from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to monitor fish populations in two reefs over the course of one year. RMI will partner with the aquarium to carry out the fish monitoring project. “We are proud to announce this joint venture with CMA,” said Dr. Heyward Mathews, lead scientist at RMI and original creator of the Clearwater Marine Science Center. “This grant and partnership will enable RMI to monitor fish…

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