GULFPORT, MS (WXXV) -
Since the Sail-a-bration, the Mississippi Aquarium has made great progress with the hopes of opening in late 2019.
The pace of construction is right on schedule for the Mississippi Aquarium as News 25 received a sneak peek of what is in store for locals and future tourists.
Mississippi Aquarium CEO David Kimmel said, “They are starting to understand how large this really is. When you sit on one side, it looks like a small footprint, but when you really drive around the entire site, you start to see how big it is.”
The tour consisted of the latest construction updates like the otter and alligator exhibits, the dolphin exhibit and the animal support facility. Mississippi Aquarium COO Kurt Allen said, “We actually have containing basins that will take all of the water that we recycle, clean the water, filter the water, and then we push it back to the habitats.”
With multiple projects taking shape at one time, there’s plenty going on at the aquarium. “The main exhibit is going up. We are getting ready to pour the walls of the main tank and the exterior walls are starting to come out of the ground as well,” said Allen.
“We are just moving forward, a lot of rebar going on. Our staff is now working on the animal list,” said Kimmel.
As progress continues with the facility, Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes tells News 25 the buzz around South Mississippi continues to increase. “There’s more anticipation about this project than anything I have ever seen. We really do believe this is a good investment by the city and will benefit generations to come.”
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