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Marineland Vice President/General Manager Kurt Allen PHOTO BY SHANNA FORTIER
Palm Coast Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 5 years ago

Standing O, Nonprofit: Marineland Dolphin Adventure

by: Shanna Fortier Associate Editor

Marineland Dolphin Adventure
Vice President/General Manager: Kurt Allen
9600 Oceanshore Blvd.

Elevator Speech
With the Marineland Dolphin Adventure’s shift to being a nonprofit organization when the center was acquired by Georgia Aquarium three years ago, the goal was to help revitalize the town of Marineland, wiht eco-tours, new programming and an eco-center.

“It really opened our eyes to additional opportunities with grants, sponsorships and partnerships that we were never really able to explore in the past,” said Kurt Allen, vice president/general manager of Marineland. “Now, for example, we can partner with the Guy Harvey Oceans Foundation for sponsored admission to the park for title-I schools.”

Other programs include school field trips and the Conservation Field Station.

Wow factor
Marineland mainly attracts two kinds of people: the vacationer who is looking for something unique to do, and the person who has come to visit specifically for a dolphin encounter. 

“The dolphin encounter is our bread and butter,” Allen said. “Our programs are small, hands-on exposures. Being small and intimate, you get to interact with the dolphins in a way that you don’t with our other competitors.”

Words to live by
Build upon the passions that make a difference: having a voice for the animals, educating the public and figuring out ways to conserve the wild populations.



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