Gumbo Limbo Nature Center hopes to open the first two of its four new tanks the third week of May.
Work on the nearshore-reef habitat was finished at the end of April, said Michele Peel, president of the Friends of Gumbo Limbo. The mangrove habitat was scheduled to be completed the first week of May. Then comes one to two weeks of water testing before fish can be introduced. Both exhibits are the shallow tanks. Construction delays thwarted the Friends’ plan to have the nearshore display open in early March.
The two deep tanks showing a tropical coral reef and a shipwreck/artificial reef are on schedule to open in October, the Friends said on the nature center’s website.
— Steve Plunkett