Mississippi Aquarium announced Wednesday its delaying the April 30 opening date because the $93 million attraction will not be ready, with no new date set for the debut.
Aquarium president David Kimmel said in a news release the new date will be announced soon.
“We have made incredible progress, and look forward to welcoming our animals to their new home, as soon as possible,” he said in the news release. “While this will take a little longer than expected, the facility must be completely ready for both the animals and the public when we open the gates!
“Our team is working diligently to bring all the pieces of this multifaceted project together perfectly. Each decision made is to ensure we are building safe habitats for our animals and creating experiences that will captivate our guests. It is our obligation to provide our city, coastal Mississippi and the entire state with an unparalleled aquatic experience — one that remains focused on our three pillars: education, conservation and community.”
Kimmel said aquarium construction in downtown Gulfport is entering the final phase, with an education outreach program already launched and visits to schools and summer camps planned.
He said the aquarium’s progress can be followed at www.msaquarium.org, with updates on construction progress and the arrival of animals.
The aquarium posted new photos on Facebook with its announcement.