Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Bklink: Money for Fish

With the big renovation plan for the New York Aquarium dead in the water, but a new shark exhibit moving ahead, the new director of the New York Aquarium says he "wants to turn the quaint-but-ragged Coney Island sea-life center into a nationally recognized tourist attraction. Aquarium director Jon Dohlin said his $14.5 million annual budget isn't enough to transform the 51-year-old institution into a destination that will draw Manhattanites - let alone nationwide tourism dollars. 'The aquarium needs work - everyone admits that and everybody knows that to be true,' said Dohlin, adding admission fees can't be raised because of its nonprofit status."--NYDN

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