July 29, 2005
Marine World expects profits to jumpVallejo's share may hit $2.4 million
By CHRIS G. DENINA, Times-Herald staff writer
Thanks to a new animal exhibit, Vallejo's Six Flags Marine World theme park is set to end a three-year slump in attendance and profits to the city.
In an annual report to the Vallejo City Council this week, park officials said the attraction could take in about $59 million in revenues this year. That's roughly $5 million more than last season.
In turn, the city can expect more money as its share of the profits, park General Manager Bill Davis told the council Tuesday. Six Flags Inc. runs the park, splitting revenues with the city. The Oklahoma City-based company has an option to buy the property.
"We feel we will beat last year's attendance significantly," said Davis, who was hired this year as the new park boss.
Last year, about 1.5 million visitors passed through the park turnstiles, spending an average of nearly $34 each on such things as food, drink and souvenirs.
This year, they may end up parting with a couple bucks more apiece, helping boost profit for both the park and city.
In May, Marine World opened its Ocean Discovery attraction, featuring dolphin, penguin and stingray pools, where visitors can get up close with the animals. In some cases, park-goers are allowed to pet the stingrays and feed the dolphins.
So far, the exhibits have paid off in terms of attendance and earnings.
That should mean a larger payoff for Vallejo, which could receive $2.4 million as its share of the profits. That's about $700,000 more than last year's cut.
The city in recent years has added the money to its coffers to pay for general fund expenses, which include police and fire service. In each of the past three years, the city received a small check as its share of profits.
The turnaround may be on the new manager's watch, but plans for the new attraction were made before Davis started the job in March.
Councilmember Joanne Schivley said Tuesday she hopes Davis carries on some of the work of the past manager, who left for unspecified reasons. Marine World has taken part in local events including a race to raise money for local groups.
"And we certainly hope you will have the same community involvement as your predecessors have had," Schivley said.
Davis said he plans to continue Marine World's participation.
"And frankly we play to try and beat those numbers as substantially as we can," Davis said.
- E-mail Chris G. Denina at email@example.com or call 553-6835.
- ► 2007 (799)
- ► 2006 (662)
- Vallejo's Marine World profits up
- City of Fairfield Planners OK request to build a 1...
- Rush Ranch to receive $500,000 in improvements - R...
- Council OKs changes to Nut Tree development deal
- Bordoni project moving forward in Vallejo
- Necessary medicine - VacaValley to expand its ER
- Dixon ok near on homes plan with high school plot
- Unemployment rises in June, up half a percent in S...
- Big tasks ahead for new boss in Suisun City
- Weathering the weather - Forget the summer blister...
- Mariani Packing begins celebration
- Goat milk becomes goat soap in Vacaville
- High-traffic flow may be plus for Geri-Towne sale ...
- Wal-Mart nears deal on Mission Village locale in F...
- Development of Nut Tree site ready to begin
- Big tasks ahead for new boss in Suisun City
- Major retailers ready to ink local deals
- Fairground complex plans move ahead
- County housing-price increase leads Bay Area regio...
- High-traffic flow may be plus for Geri-Towne sale
- Suisun City names new city manager - former Pismo ...
- Solano County's jobless rate dips slightlyin May
- Fairfield to get furniture giant Ashley Furniture ...
- Travis AFB $5 million redesigned gate project to b...
- SF salami company to build facility in Fairfield's...
- Business space stays strong despite vacancy increa...
- Genentech to issue $2 billion in bonds -- Funds to...
- Travis continues lobbying, privatization plans
- Local chambers join forces, form an economic allia...
- Anheuser-Busch brewery donates $4,000 to restore C...
- Plans to base 13 C-17 at Travis AFB on schedule fo...
- Solano EDC courts biotechs at BIO for the county
- Study predicts healthy future for Solano business
- Plans afoot to make Solano a tourism hub
- School's out - Now building improvement can begin
- Lennar alters plans for Mare Island civilian use
- Bank of America will open in growing Green Valley
- Vallejo Home sales tapering off
- Trailblazing Vacaville's Buckingham Charter Magnet...
- New Dixon sign grabs attention along I-80
- Highway 37 project in Vallejo nears completion
- Solano County welfare new computer system called C...
- Vacaville Budget Benefit Residents
- New national cemetery slated for Dixon; some say t...
- Solano Housing Coalition Affordable Housing Awards...
- Solano County crime rate continues steady drop
- ▼ July (47)
- ► 2004 (125)