January 14, 1986 |
To the mayor, business leaders, press and scores of excited Camden residents in attendance, it sounded like New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean was pledging state financing for a multimillion-dollar aquarium in Camden. Kean's Camden visit last April 24 announcing the tourist attraction provided the most cheerful news the economically depressed city had heard in years. Almost a year later, there is doubt what Kean - then beginning a re- election campaign - actually said in Camden. His press aide says Kean pledged state "support," "coordination," "study" and "help in planning the financing" for the $15 million to $20 million project.
September 18, 1987 |
For two years, it has been the subject of scarcely concealed skepticism. How could Camden, to many people a model of urban malaise, pull off such a coup? How could local boosters - yes, Camden boosters - convince anyone that a million tourists a year would flock to an aquarium on the long-dilapidated waterfront? Few people today doubt that it's really going to happen or that it will raise hopes for a grand waterfront revitalization scheme that includes a hotel and conference center, trendy shopping promenades, new housing, a corporate headquarters for the Campbell Soup Co., recreational boating and, possibly, restored ferry service to Philadelphia.
May 20, 1990 |
Fish are ideal pets for people whose jobs take them away from home for relatively long periods of time or whose leases prohibit dogs and cats. Although a fish won't be the buddy that a dog or cat can become, having fish can be enjoyable, and researchers have found that watching the fish relieves tension and can lower blood pressure, just as owning a canine or feline can. Fish can be left alone for up to a week if proper precautions are observed....
February 11, 1992 |
A group of about 50 Camden residents gathered last night to object to the formation of a 35-block special improvement district encompassing the new state aquarium on the waterfront. The meeting came after officials introduced a 17-member board, including eight Camden residents, to supervise the new district. Opponents declared that they would march on the aquarium on its opening day, Feb. 29, to oppose "lack of community input" into jobs, procurement and public services at the new state facility.
February 12, 1992 |
Bill Donaldson's dream passed its first reality test yesterday. Six hundred schoolchildren saw what the late Philadelphia Zoo president's dream has produced - the new state aquarium on Camden's Delaware River waterfront - and declared that, as one put it, "It's neat. " In fact, Katie Sorenson, 10, of the Burlington County Special Services School, said, "It's nicer, neater than Sea World . . . there we couldn't pet nothing. " The Thomas H. Kean New Jersey State Aquarium will open daily beginning Feb. 29, but Katie and 600 other schoolchildren, representing every county in New Jersey, were given a sneak preview tour by Gov. Florio yesterday.
March 25, 1992 |
To avoid a "costly" referendum on the issue, Camden City Council is expected to move tomorrow to dismiss plans to create a controversial special improvement district that would upgrade the Camden aquarium area. "It is not something we need to do right now," Council President James Mathes said yesterday at a Council caucus meeting. "It would cost $70,000 to $80,000. " Council yesterday reviewed, without objections, the ordinance that would repeal creation of a planned 35-block area of the waterfront that would have been managed by a nonprofit private management agency.
June 26, 1991 |
Lured by fliers promising jobs and business opportunities at Camden's new aquarium, 250 area residents packed a city gym last night. "We need jobs. Any jobs," said Jorge Villanueva, one of 200 workers laid off last week by Jack Lambersky Poultry in South Camden. But the residents last night learned little about available jobs. Instead, the standing-room-only crowd was treated to a half-hour speech by Freeholder Director Michael A. DiPiero, who urged residents to take to the streets against unnamed "plantation masters" who he said controlled city waterfront redevelopment, to protest the aquarium's failure to hire city workers.
March 4, 1987 |
The state is moving closer to a decision on how to pay for a $42 million aquarium that is the key to a massive Camden waterfront improvement plan, but the plan raises doubts about whether construction can begin by July, as scheduled. Gov. Kean is leaning toward including the aquarium in another proposal that would enable the state Sports and Exposition Authority to borrow money to build a major-league baseball stadium in North Jersey, Kean spokesman Carl Golden said yesterday. If the governor decides to go ahead with the proposal, it would have to be presented to the legislature and, if approved, would then be put before voters in a November referendum.
October 28, 1988 |
Two key antagonists in a legislative impasse over state money for Camden's aquarium snarled at one another yesterday during an emotionally charged hearing - and funding for the project remained on hold. Literally sputtering with rage, Democratic state Sen. Walter Rand of Camden, normally a mild and fatherly figure, lashed out at North Jersey Republicans who have been blocking $32 million for the project and accused General Assembly Speaker Chuck Hardwick (R., Union) of "continuing to hold the city of Camden hostage for some private political reason.
February 28, 1992 |
Come on in - the water's fine. But the ocean isn't the whole story. Waterfalls, waves crashing on a jetty and shorebirds skittering on a beach also help provide, as the aquarium's slogan puts it, "A New Way to Sea Life. " MEET THE NEIGHBORS The aquarium's entire first floor tells the story of life in local waters. OPEN OCEAN Windows on one of the world's biggest fish tanks let you see for leagues and leagues. FISHES OF THE ATLANTIC Snoop on fish from neighborhood waters in smaller glass houses nearby.