The Monterey Bay Aquarium is hosting its first-ever adult sleepover, which means the kids are going to grandma and grandpa’s house.
The aquarium is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a 1980s themed slumber party. It’s called “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of Seaweed): An ’80s Sleepover Party,” a nod to the 1983 Eurythmics song, “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” according to The San Luis Obispo Tribune.
Tickets cost $175 for non-members and $150 for aquarium members. They’re on the high-end but it includes a build-your-own-taco dinner, an ice cream sundae bar, alcohol, and breakfast in the morning.
You And Me Baby Ain’t Nothin’ But Mammals
Cultural misappropriation of hip hop gangsta rap Ebonics.
The image received nearly 5,000 retweets and over 18,000 likes, mostly saying how cute Abby is and some even sharing photos of their own overweight pets.
But, Monterey Bay’s comments also came with their fair share of Twitter users shaming the aquarium for “body shaming” Abby and for using several terms originating from African American Vernacular English (AAVE).
“Please delete this tweet. It is offensive,” tweeted Chanda Prescod-Weinstein. “I’m certain that @MontereyAq didn’t realize that they were basically comparing Black women to animals by using AAVE developed to talk about Black women’s bodies to describe an animal. But that’s pretty bad, MBA.”
Monterey Bay Aquarium Goes Politically Incorrect
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Getting real close to Doc’s.
On July 13, the aquarium purchased a two-story, oceanfront structure located between its Open Sea exhibit wing and Pacific Biological Laboratories from Frances Yee for $2.4 million.
“The building at 810 Cannery Row was acquired from the family of the late Jack Yee, whose father, Won Yee, was the model for the character of grocer Lee Chong, proprietor of the Wing Chong Market,” Monterey Bay Aquarium spokesman Emerson Brown told The Pine Cone
Fish Prison Borgs Neighboring Building
Monterey has a Zoo? Oh it’s an “Animal ranch for film and television in Monterey,California with Bed & Breakfast, educational program, tours and animal training school.” In Salinas.
Cannery Row attracts over 5 million visitors per year.
While the report shows Cannery Row ranked No. 1 most frequented attraction in Monterey County, Old Fisherman’s Wharf was ranked No. 2 and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, No. 3. The top three destinations showed increases from the previous year.
Other attractions named by visitors in order of popularity were: State park or beach, 17 Mile Drive, Point Lobos State Reserve, historical attractions, any art museum or gallery, wine tasting tours, missions, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and the Monterey Zoo.
Fish Prisons And The Zoo Are Top Attractions
Coalition against citywide admissions tax. But that Half Fast Marathon. That thing blocks the streets.
Besides the aquarium, the coalition includes the Big Sur International Marathon and the Friends of the Pacific Grove Public Library, among other area nonprofits.
Proponents of the tax say that a 5 percent fee attached to aquarium admissions, for example, is only fair because of the city’s need to pay for the repair and maintenance of the city’s infrastructure, including city roads, sidewalks, paths and the Monterey Bay Recreation Trail.
No P Posse Proselytizes People
P.G. not the only town looking under rocks in the tide pools for treasures.
On Tuesday night, the Monterey City Council voted 3-2 to hire an appraiser to evaluate the land.
Several residents spoke against the appraisal, asking why the city wants to spend $31,000 of the tideland fund, but Monterey City Manager Mike McCarthy says the lease agreement allows the city to perform rent review.
“Our lease with the aquarium for the tidelands requires a review on the rent,” McCarthy said.
One dollar per year is all the State Lands Commission wanted when the aquarium first asked to build on the tidelands in 1981.
Monterey Now Eyeing Aquarium For More Rent
But no increase in business license cost. Don’t want to run more shops out of town. Does Moe have chamber members that are unlicensed?
After weeks of speculation, the city of Pacific Grove on Wednesday took another step toward instituting a citywide admission tax by approving the measure 4-3 for the November ballot.
Conversely, a potential ballot measure that would increase the existing business license tax by 40 percent and remove its existing cap, was voted down 5-2.
Eleven California municipalities currently collect admission taxes including San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Pasadena.
Moe Ammar recommended that the city collect money from P.G. businesses that are operating without a license. According to a physical audit by the chamber, there are estimated to be 60 businesses operating in the city and 100 businesses operating out of the post office and UPS store without a permit.
Citizens Will Vote On Aquarium Tax
More 70s tourist destinations to demolish.
the new four-story $30 million building will include five learning spaces/labs, a multipurpose room, office space for 35 staff members and a video lab. It will also feature an event center located on the top floor and have many features that qualify as “environmentally responsible,” such as solar panels on the roof. Its targeted opening date is 2018
As Cole explained, the bridge between the two buildings will actually be demolished, opening up the view down Hoffman and the new 25,000-square-foot building will be shorter than the current structure.
Aquarium Grows More Tentacles
I think they do this to every new City Manager to introduce them to the town since they are never a current or previous resident.
Consideration of the tax comes after last week’s council meeting when City Manager Ben Harvey presented revenue-generating ideas for the city. That’s when councilman Dan Miller made a motion to consider putting an admissions tax on a future ballot, a move that could potentially drive up the cost of ticket prices at the aquarium, but also raise $700,000 for the city of Pacific Grove.
“The wear-and-tear done on our roads and infrastructure is by people who are coming here for admissions for one area event or another,” said Miller. “You have to just start saying, ‘They pay other taxes like a gas tax, sales tax except not admission to an event.’ Why is that special? It shouldn’t be.”
Taxing The Aquarium Admissions Back In The News
Only so much one can do with old cannery buildings.
The aquarium purchased the buildings at 585 and 625 Cannery Row from the Shake family in 2014. It has raised $28 million toward the $65 million needed to fund the purchase of the property, construction of the center, and to support expansion of programs for visiting school groups, teachers and youth. Construction of the center itself will cost $30 million. The aquarium hopes to break ground on the state-of-the-art facility this fall.
Say Goodbye One Last Time To Cannery Row Square