Instead of building a tourism-driven "dolphin prison" with the BP restoration funds, why not build a world class, state-of-the-art, sea life rescue and rehabilitation center?
A magnet center, where technicians and scientists from around the world, trained in marine biology, environmental and ecological impact, and techniques for rescuing and rehabbing sea life, would be drawn to assist in the restoration of our Gulf marine environment. Build labs, pens, and aquariums attractive to tourists and scientist alike.
What a unique opportunity! Although it's not about the almighty dollar, build it and ecotourists from around the world would come, with their dollars, to pay for tours of the facilities. "Build it and they will come." Think big Gulfport. Think big Gulf Coastians. Think big Mississippi.
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