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Group opposes Clearwater Marine Aquarium

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CMA's future entrance drawing. CMA's future entrance drawing.
CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) - A group called Friends of Clearwater organized to fight the Nov. 5 referendum to allow the Clearwater Aquarium to expand on City Hall land.

A flyer that went out to voters this week raises concerns over increased traffic, protection for taxpayers from future tax increases concerning CMA, and unbalanced spending in the downtown area.

Nov. 5 voters must approve a referendum that creates a special exemption to the City Charter to allow the city of Clearwater to negotiate with CMA a 60-year lease of City Hall land in order to build a 250,000 square foot facility for exhibits, animal hospital, and theaters.

Related story: 03/06/2013 Clearwater voters to get say on aquarium location

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is home to Winter, the dolphin.
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