Living Coast Discovery Center to Stay Open

The center was expected to close Monday and relocate its animals by Dec.

By Christina London
|  Sunday, Oct 27, 2013  |  Updated 4:18 PM PDT
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Living Coast Discovery Center to Close

Chula Vista’s Living Coast Discovery Center will likely close its doors permanently at the end of the month if it doesn’t bridge a budget gap. NBC7 Investigates has learned that SDG&E promised $2 million in funding to the aquarium on Chula Vista’s bayfront but now, the company will no longer be donating the money. NBC 7's Mari Payton reports.
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The Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista, which was set to close its doors for good, will remain open, according to the center.

The non-profit aquarium was in danger of closing because of a $200,000 budget shortfall. According to the center, South Bay community members chipped in to keep it open.

San Diego Gas and Electric was planning to donate $2 million dollars to the center to offset the environmental impact of relocating the South Bay substation. However, SDG&E said the California Public Utilities Commission ruled the $2 million donation was unnecessary.

Living Coast was expected to close to the public Monday and relocate its 150 animal species by December.

The center is expected to make an official announcement at 11 a.m. Monday.

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