Clearwater voters consider aquarium referendum

Clearwater voters consider aquarium referendum

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CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) -

The fliers are in the mailbox to persuade Clearwater voters in the aquarium referendum.

A 'yes' vote changes the city charter, allowing the city of Clearwater to enter into negotiations on a lease of city hall property to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

The aquarium wants to build a $160 million facility on the bluff.

"This is not a good idea,not a feasible enterprise. It's private business trying to use public land," said Joe Corvino. Corvino is part of the political action committee, Friends of Clearwater, advocating a -no- vote.

Their primary concerns include:

-voters don't have lease details.

-the city needs it's own studies...about traffic , for example.

-and what happens if attendance fails?

But Frank Dame, the Aquarium CEO, said the city would be protected.

"There's absolutely no liability to the city whatsoever if we default," said Dame. He adds, a 'yes' vote on this referendum doesn't approve any specific deal or lease, it only gives the city permission to explore negotiation of a lease.

Even if the referendum passes, If the aquarium can't raise the money for the project by August, 2016, the aquarium re-groups and looks into alternative sites or plans.

 

 

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