- Associated Press - Sunday, April 16, 2017

FORT FISHER, N.C. (AP) - As part of a $10 million expansion and renovation of the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, officials are considering a perch where visitors could observe the environment surrounding the state-run facility.

Aquarium director Peggy Sloan tells The StarNews of Wilmington (https://bit.ly/2oNgxvi) that building upward would give visitors a view of the aquarium’s outside “exhibit,” which includes osprey, pelican and ibis.

No official plans have been drawn, but the upward expansion also is being considered for a practical reason: the aquarium is surrounded by wetlands and protected areas.

The aquarium was built in 1976 as the Marine Resource Center. It’s been 15 years since the aquarium underwent a two-year, $17.5 million expansion that tripled its size.

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