Mosaic Donates $2.5 Million to The Florida Aquarium
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Mosaic Donates $2.5 Million to The Florida Aquarium

August 25, 2011   |   ShareThis

Sample Pic The Mosaic Company today announced it has made a $2.5 million leadership gift to The Florida Aquarium, based in Tampa, Fla., for the creation of an education, conference and event facility—Mosaic Center.

Mosaic’s gift, part of the Aquarium’s new Rising Tides capital campaign, is the single largest donation in the Aquarium’s 16-year history and helps pave the way for a new round of sound business growth for the facility.

“This leadership gift is truly a cornerstone for our future expansion,” said Thom Stork, the Aquarium’s president and CEO. “Exemplary partners like The Mosaic Company are pillars of our community, through their important contributions to central Florida’s economy and investments in the future of our city and region.”

Mosaic has partnered with the Aquarium since its opening in 1995, including transporting and delivering essential salt water to the facility from company-owned barges for the past eight years.

“With this donation, Mosaic is further solidifying our strong partnership with the Aquarium and building on our commitment to environmental education, conservation and economic development for future generations,” said Bo Davis, senior vice president of Phosphates operations. “We have been in discussions with Aquarium officials regarding this investment for over a year and are pleased to be announcing it today to help advance the new capital campaign.”

The Aquarium’s Rising Tides capital campaign has raised $6 million of its total $15 million target to create a state-of-the-art education center to meet the needs of local students, providing new traveling exhibit space to showcase aquatic ecosystems and marine animals from around the world, as well as Mosaic Center’s conference and event space. Expansion plans include 35,000 square feet of new space and 10,000 square feet of renovated space.

The Florida Aquarium opened in 1995 in a largely pedestrian-barren area of the Port of Tampa to spark the development of the Channelside District. As an economic anchor, the Aquarium was joined by Channelside shops, the St. Petersburg Times Forum, luxury hotels and thousands of residential units—all adding to the transformation of the area into the aesthetic economic contributor it is today.
Groundbreaking for the Aquarium expansion is slated for September 2012 with sequenced and consecutive construction projects to be underway for four years. Mosaic Center is projected to open by fall of 2016.