Belle Isle Aquarium Treading Water Amid Dispute

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- The Belle Isle aquarium has reopened and is trying to stay afloat as the future of the Detroit's island park is debated.

The Detroit News reports Sunday that supporters of the aquarium that reopened in September are watching what happens with a dispute over whether the financially struggling city should lease the park to the state of Michigan. The City Council is expected to decide this week amid arguments on both sides.

Meanwhile, the aquarium that had to close in 2005 for financial reasons is doing what it can with what it has. It's been surviving on volunteers, grants and donations -- including $12,000 it received Saturday from a fundraising effort.

The aquarium has 14 tanks filled with fish. Empty ones are used as displays for donors and exhibits.

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