FOBIA Friends of Belle Isle Aquarium
The City of Detroit, with an ever-shrinking population and eroding tax-base, suffers a deficit of $200 million plus. One has to ask:
Does Detroit really need a Zoo?
With the cuts demanded of Detroit's Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, it seems absurd to issue $4 million dollars to a Zoo not within the city limits. On the other hand it does not seem to make sense to axe the one zoological institution that is actually in Detroit, the Belle Isle Aquarium.
Money that goes to the Detroit Zoo (Located
in Royal Oak, a suburb of Detroit) has no redeeming benefits. Detroit
citizens - who pay for the Royal Oak/Detroit Zoo have to pay the same
admission fee as non-tax payers, plus they have to travel a distance to
Would it not make sense for Detroit to
surrender the Zoo to Royal Oak and save $4 Million dollars per year?
The city would even be able to sink a
sizable amount of money into its hemorrhaging coffers.