Builders Break Ground On St. Augustine Aquarium, Opening This Summer

Mar 30, 2015

Owners Shawn and Kathy Hiester shovel the first dirt at the site of the St. Augustine Aquarium during the groundbreaking ceremony Monday, March 30.
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Builders broke ground today on the St. Augustine Aquarium, opening soon near Interstate 95. By the end of June, owners Shawn and Kathy Hiester plan to open a zip line course and snorkel adventure on the property.

Sean Hiester says the snorkel tank will hold 80,000 gallons of water and a variety of marine life.

“The undersea world is truly magical, and I’ve had the opportunity to experience that through SCUBA diving over the years," he said. "My wife isn’t able to SCUBA dive. It was her idea to bring the sea world to the people who can’t dive.”

Construction on phase two of the aquarium is scheduled to start this summer and finish about a year later.