City Council proclaims March ‘SeaWorld Month’

City Council proclaims March ‘SeaWorld Month’

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SAN DIEGO — The City Council proclaimed March “SeaWorld San Diego Month” Tuesday in honor of the theme park’s 50th anniversary.

The attraction on Mission Bay opened a half-century ago Friday and gained popularity with its “Shamu” orca performances. SeaWorld later built parks in Orlando and San Antonio.

More than 156 million visitors have passed through SeaWorld gates in San Diego.

“Thanks to SeaWorld and its partner, Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute, we now have a better understanding of marine life, their challenges, and how we can ensure the protection and education for future generations,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. “I think as everyone on this council knows, SeaWorld is one of San Diego’s largest employers.”

The mayor said the theme park has employed 93,000 San Diegans over the years, while  generating tax revenue for the city.SeaWorld Killer Whale Show One World

Councilwoman Lorie Zapf, whose district represented part of the theme park before council maps were redrawn…

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