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Atlantis Marine World Announce Expansion Plans

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lr atlantishotel05Atlantis Marine World has announced plans to build a 97,498-square-foot, $24 million expansion that will take visitors beneath the waves and beyond the ocean.

At the aquarium’s inception in June 2000, Jim Bissett and Joe Petrocelli promised that it would make an important impact on downtown Riverhead and continually reinvent itself to attract and maintain visitors each year. This year is no exception.

“This 
year,
our 
Aquarium 
is 
celebrating 
its 
10th 
Anniversary, 
and
 in 
what
 seems 
to 
be 
a 
wave 
o f
new
 investment 
in 
downtown
 Riverhead, 
we 
are 
finally 
kicking 
off 
our 
long‐awaited
 phase 
two of
 our 
original 
construction 
plans, 
thanks 
in 
part 
to 
the
 financing 
by 
TD 
Bank,” 
announced 
Aquarium
 co‐owner 
and
 co‐founder, 
Jim 
Bissett. 
“This 
has 
been 
a 
long 
road, 
we 
have 
spent 
more 
than
 five 
years 
in 
design 
development
–
working 
with 
the 
town,
 the
 state,
 and 
the 
county 
to 
make 
sure 
that 
the 
best 
project 
possible 
would 
come
 to 
our 
downtown’s
 Main 
Street.”

The plans are set to encompass an area located on the east side of the present building in front of Treasure Cove Resort Marina. The new structure will include a 28,000-square-foot exhibition, banquet and conference center. Atlantis Marine World is also in the process of building a 70,000-square-foot Hyatt Place Hotel. The contemporary, 100-room Hyatt Place Hotel will include an indoor and outdoor pool, an intimate coffee and wine cafe, and an expansive dining area.

“Riverhead
 is 
growing
 into 
family‐friendly 
destination 
where you 
can 
experience 
several 
attractions, 
as 
well 
as 
experience
 its
 natural 
beauty 
along 
the 
scenic 
Peconic 
River.
 The 
Aquarium’s 
expansion 
is 
one
 piece 
of 
a 
larger 
plan
–
a 
plan
 that 
is 
still 
being 
created
 to 
help 
improve 
downtown 
Riverhead
 as 
a
 true 
tourist 
destination,” said the aquarium’s 
General 
Manager, 
Bryan DeLuca.

The 
Atlantis Marine World’s new project will help 
create 
local 
jobs,
 build 
tourism,
 and 
grow
 the 
family 
entertainment 
industry on 
Long 
Island. 
“There 
sure 
are
 a
 lot
 of
 winners 
with 
this 
project,” said 
Bissett.

The site is set to open this summer.

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