Fire breaks out at Gatorland

Posted Monday, November 6, 2006 9:21 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Firefighters were battling a blaze Monday morning in a building at Gatorland, a 110-acre alligator theme park and preserve. Officials say the burning building housed a gift shop and administrative offices and that the fire did not appear to threaten any animals.

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Monday, November 6, 2006 3:12 PM
I've read some reports that state some animals were harmed and/or killed. I hope not.*** This post was edited by Rick_UK 11/6/2006 3:13:22 PM ***
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Monday, November 6, 2006 8:32 PM
Bill, are you ok? ;)
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Monday, November 6, 2006 8:48 PM
^ LOL, I had no idea where the place even was....then last year I had to get from Sanford to the Turnpike on my way to my sister's in Lauderdale, and there it was....

Cypress, Gatorland, Weeki Wachee, the old Marineland - hard to even *imagine* the FL that we used to visit when I was a kid....er, hatchling... ;)

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Tuesday, November 7, 2006 11:23 AM
Wow...Marineland. Is that even there still?

I remember visiting Gatorland in '79, I think. Place made me nervous, with the tiny walkways hovering just a few feet above certain death.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2006 12:05 PM
^ The main "show" building from Marineland was there when I drove by, about 2-3 years ago....IIRC, I read in a UF publication that it's used by UF/State of FL for research in marine biology.
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Tuesday, November 7, 2006 10:11 PM
Yes, Marineland is still there. Sounds like they offer some similar activities to Discovery Cove, on a much smaller scale.

http://www.marineland.net/index.htm

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Wednesday, November 8, 2006 11:09 PM
Two pythons and a croc were killed in the fire.
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