Friday, November 4, 2016

"SeaWorld is asking the California Coastal Commission this week for permission to start constructing a stage for its new orca encounter"

SD:

The new scenery will be a pastoral landscape, incorporating a rugged coastal inlet, artificial Douglas fir trees, cliffs, and waterfalls. The set will be framed by a rockwork facade fashioned from fiberglass, with no part of the backdrop higher than 30 feet.

Complementing the scenery will be a large video screen that will feature imagery of killer whales in the wild, along with graphics and other information about the orcas to help educate SeaWorld visitors.

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That’s a major departure from a $100 million plan, since abandoned, that the Coastal Commission approved last year

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Plans for the new orca encounter drew several letters of support, including some from its former critics like the Humane Society of the United States and state Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica