Miami Seaquarium being sold to Calif-based group

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MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Seaquarium is being sold to a California-based company that is a subsidiary of Spanish theme park operator Parques Reunidos.

The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1o7JpJ4 ) reported Friday that the company signed an agreement in the past month to buy the 38-acre park on Virginia Key.

The Herald reports owner Wometco Enterprises will close the deal after the Miami-Dade County Commission votes on a resolution approving the purchase in the next few months. The Seaquarium leases the land from the county and pays on a fluctuating scale based partly on revenues.

President and general manager Andrew Hertz told The Herald that talks had been underway for more than two years. He did not disclose terms of the deal but said Palace Entertainment initiated the sale.

The park opened in 1955.

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