July 22, 2018

Aquarium wins in Clearwater

CLEARWATER — Voters gave the Clearwater Marine Aquarium a clear green light Tuesday to start raising more than $160 million for a new aquarium on the downtown waterfront, potentially luring legions of tourists and recasting the moribund section of Tampa Bay’s third-largest city.

Final but unofficial results showed residents voted 55 percent to 45 percent to change Clearwater’s charter so the city can lease the property where City Hall now stands to the aquarium.

The unofficial tally was 9,429 in favor and 7,754 opposed.

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