Great Lakes Aquarium may get tourism tax boost

By KBJR News 1

Great Lakes Aquarium may get tourism tax boost

September 19, 2013 Updated Sep 19, 2013 at 10:48 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Great Lakes Aquarium may get a boost of funding from tourism tax dollars.

Duluth officials proposed to authorize a grant of $50,000 to the Great Lakes Aquarium for the development of exhibits that examine the effects that aquatic environments have on shipwrecks.

Mayor Don Ness says with a larger than expected tourism tax season, the additional funds would be served well at the city aquarium.

"There's tremendous value for our tourism industry to keeping the aquarium vibrant and continuing to evolve and I think will be a great destination for visitors and locals alike," Mayor Ness said.

The Duluth City Council needs to approve the grant at next Monday's meeting.

If the grant is approved the aquarium will receive $200,000 from a state grant.