Georgia Aquarium Buys Marineland for $9.1M

Jim Jacoby, founder and chairman of Jacoby Development, bought a tract of land at Marineland in 1999 and bought the 73-year-old attraction in 2001, completing a major renovation of Marineland in 2000.

Palm Coast, FL – January 3, 2011

Marineland has sold to the Georgia Aquarium for $9.1 million, according to public records and a representative of Marineland.

Carl Hampp, of Jacoby Development, confirmed that the deal for the historic aquatic park was finalized last week. The Georgia Aquarium, based in Atlanta, bought about five acres that include the oceanside attraction on the east side of State Road A1A in northern Flagler County, Jacoby Development’s interest in the Dolphin Conservation Field Station on the west side of A1A on the Intracoastal Waterway and a slightly smaller than one-acre pond near the field station on the west side of A1A.
3 replies
  1. George Meegan
    George Meegan says:

    Deep pockets,wood do it

    As in the wood sold at Home Depot, who are the principals that started the Georgia Aquarium. They probably will sell memberships and have major improvments to bring it back as a great destination. That will bring in investment for revitalizing the area. Look now for anouncements of new construction like a Hotel/Resturant, and perhaps a new RV park. They are known to be high tech with 4D theaters and unique attractions of marine life. THIS IS A MAJOR POSITIVE FOR THE AREA!

  2. bob
    bob says:

    no medical

    Just bought a house in Grand Haven last summer. My next door nabors are terrific! She just had her hours reduced at Marineland which meant she now doesnt qualify for healthcare!!!! Doesnt sound like a great NEW OWNER does it???

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