An outdoor aquarium at Port Canaveral is one step closer to becoming a reality, thanks to the efforts of the Brevard Zoo. The zoo announced that they have reached $70 million in fundraising for the project, with half of the donations coming from private citizens. The future site of the aquarium, which sits on 14 acres along the Banana River, is expected to be fully funded within the next year.
The Brevard Zoo is hoping to break ground on the construction of the aquarium in the coming year. Executive director Keith Winsten expressed his excitement, stating, "Building an aquarium is sort of a once-in-a-lifetime experience for almost all of us."
The zoo is still seeking $30 million to complete the funding for the project. Winsten shared that the Ron Jon Surf Shop has already donated $2 million towards the cause. He also emphasized the community's support for the project, stating, "We're so pleased with how many people in the community have participated to date."
The aquarium, which will be located where A1A merges with the 528, will feature a manatee healing center and a seagrass nursery. Winsten also mentioned that a portion of every ticket sold will go towards improving the water quality of the Indian River Lagoon.
If all goes according to plan, the zoo hopes to open the aquarium to the public by 2027. In the meantime, they continue to rely on the support of the community and are grateful for the overwhelming response they have received so far.
Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting project!
Published by James Sparvero, Reporter