SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby presented investors Monday with the latest plan to recover from the two years of hits the park has been taking: the “Blackfish” documentary backlash, a Coastal Commission decision that would prohibit its continued breeding of orcas and sinking financial performance.
Their plan included phasing out its trademark killer whale shows in San Diego as soon as next year for something more conservation-based. It also includes trying to build or purchase a hotel in Mission Bay with partner, Evans Hotel Group, and make it SeaWorld-themed.
But, as Lisa Halverstadt points out, the hotel won’t be easy.
Halverstadt breaks down the obstacles to building a hotel the company would face. For instance, a hotel would have to deal with coastal height limits, meaning it could only be 30 feet tall. SeaWorld would also need to conduct an economic study to prove that Mission Bay Park actually needs another hotel. Then there are the environmental review and labor groups, which are every San Diego developer’s nightmare. Oh, and don’t forget Coastal Commission approval – SeaWorld doesn’t have the best relationship with the regulatory body right now because of the whole orca-breeding decision.
DA Declines Prosecution in Police Killing, Questions Linger
District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced Monday she would not prosecute the police officer who shot Fridoon Rawshan Nehad in the Midway neighborhood several months ago.
But while she describes the controversial video at the center of a debate about the incident, she refused to release it herself and thinks a judge should decline our and many other media entities’ request to let the public view it.