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E-M:/ Belle Isle Protest

Enviro-Mich message from Smileysmlc@aol.com

I'm passing this along for the Friends of Belle Isle Aquarium.  For more 
information, visit www.belleisleaquarium.com
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The Belle Isle Aquarium and the attached Conservatory just celebrated their 
100-Year Anniversary.  The Aquarium is the oldest continuously-operated public 
aquarium in North America.  Incredibly, the City of Detroit and the Detroit 
Zoo now want to close the Aquarium.

Come out to show your support for maintaining this historic treasure--

Sunday, January 23, at 11:00 a.m.

Meet at the Belle Isle Aquarium for a "Walk-About".

Contact Detroit Zoo Director Ron Kagan, Detroit City Council Members, and the 
Mayor's office.  Contact info is available on the web site.
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The planned closing of the Belle Isle Aquarium is just another part of the 
continuing saga of the gross mismanagement of the City of Detroit, of the 
Detroit riverfront, and of Belle Isle.  The Detroit Zoo recently took over the Belle 
Isle Nature Center (from the Recreation Dept.) and immediately closed it to 
the public so that it can plan to build a new multi-million dollar "Nature Zoo" 
in the sensitive woods and wetlands of Belle Isle.  The Zoo also closed the 
Belle Isle Zoo (which was okay since it never should have been built there in 
the first place--a very poor, wet, place to keep animals), yet have no plans to 
use the vacant facility.  The City plans to close the Dossin Great Lakes 
Museum on Belle Isle so that it can build a larger, more costly facility.  The 
closing of the Aquarium, too, is not to save money--but to pave the way for 
building a massive, more costly Aquarium.  And to think that the City of Detroit 
has already mismanaged our tax dollars to the tune of a $200 million deficit.  
Let your voice be heard.

Jack Smiley

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