Upgrades and equipment replacements at the South Carolina Aquarium will soon become a reality with $2.7 million in tax-exempt revenue bonds the aquarium received from the South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority (JEDA).
“The local community has embraced the aquarium from the beginning," Jack Higgins, the aquarium's executive vice president and chief operating officer, said. "Being able to use this bond issue to economically update key parts of our facility is a way to responsibly reward that support while better educating and entertaining visitors to this great city."
The South Carolina Aquarium, located on Charleston Harbor in downtown Charleston, opened in May 2000.
“The South Carolina Aquarium has been important to the tourism industry, conservation efforts and education in our community and we were pleased to have the opportunity to help them continue building this legacy,” bond counsel Rion Foley said.
The aquarium also has 135 employees and approximately 400 volunteers.
“The South Carolina Aquarium provides a beautiful setting that educates visitors about our natural environment from the mountains to the sea," JEDA's executive director in Columbia Harry Huntley said. "We’re thrilled to help the aquarium update this outstanding facility."