Northwest Florida Daily News - An oasis is taking shape in the white sands behind the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. Specifically, it's the Dolphin Oasis, a multi-million dollar project to build a new habitat for the Gulfarium’s seven Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. “It’s one of the largest expansions that we’ve ever had here at the Gulfarium,” said Patrick Berry, the park's senior vice-president and chief operating officer. Construction began in January and, as of this week, workers with Orlando-based PCL Construction have poured the foundations for the habitat and are forming up and pouring the 12-inch thick, steel-reinforced walls.
It may not look like a lot has changed since our groundbreaking, but important advancements have taken place in the construction of Dolphin Oasis. New water and sanitation lines have been placed, grade work for the site has been completed, and of course the irrigation system is already in place controlling dust! Foundations for the life support building are under way as well.
The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center has partnered with Destin-Fort Walton Beach to bring awareness to sea turtles and our nesting beaches by introducing a brand new, after-hours “C.A.R.E.”ing for Turtles program.
Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, located on Okaloosa Island in Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida is embarking on a large, multimillion-dollar expansion project this winter and is excited to share the news with the community. The project will add a brand-new dolphin habitat to the park. Construction is scheduled to commence in late December of this year and will take roughly 14 months to complete. Park operations will continue as normal throughout the construction process, as the new habitat will be located on undeveloped land on the north side of the park. Dolphin Oasis will debut just in time for the 2023 Spring and Summer seasons.
The staff at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park determined Monday [...]