Lawyer, OB Rag founder, and self-proclaimed “grassroots activist” Frank Gormlie recently posted an article on his opinion website OB Rag on “Why SeaWorld Can’t Build a Hotel at its Location on Mission Bay“. He argues that because of SeaWorld’s proximity to a former toxic waste dump site, the hotel project which SeaWorld announced recently will not be able to go forward. Luckily, this claim is not true.
Because of SeaWorld’s location on Mission Bay in San Diego, it is required to submit a master plan to the California Coastal Commission which is reviewed and updated every so often. The latest Master Plan was updated in 2002 and can be viewed at the link below.
The Master Plan shows where SeaWorld considered building a hotel way back in 2002.
In the November 2015 presentation announcing plans to build a SeaWorld-branded hotel in San Diego, SeaWorld showed two possible areas for expansion. One corresponds to the potential hotel location, and one corresponds to a potential area for a ride, exhibit, or show, shown on the same diagram from the Master Plan.
Mr. Gormlie’s post on the OB Rag shows the dump boundaries covering the whole park and stretching to nearby West Mission Bay Dr. However, according to the state-approved SeaWorld Master Plan, the landfill boundaries only stretch a part of the way into the parking lot, and are across the park from the proposed hotel location.
It looks as though Frank Gormlie is a little too desperate to attack the “orca circus” (what he and other animal rights activists call what we know as SeaWorld), and he won’t let facts get in his way.