Friends of Belle Isle Aquarium
to Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
Dear Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick,
Hope this day find you well.
I am writing to inform you that you are receiving bad advice.
Shutting down the Belle Isle Aquarium will cause our city to lose
international prestige, not to mention considerable negative reaction by
the citizenry, as evidenced here:
Even though Zoo director Ron Kagan has not allocated any observable
funds to advertise this Detroit jewel, the Aquarium continues to pull in
thousands of people every year.
Apparently, During his tenure as Zoo Director, Mr. Kagan's visits to the
aquarium can be measured on one hand. His decision to deny any kind of
advertising budget could only guarantee that attendance would suffer.
The Aquarium presence on the Zoo's website was at best hidden and now
appears to be gone altogether.
One could infer that Mr. Kagan does not care for the Belle Isle
Aquarium, in which case he has been a poor choice as its custodian.
It would not be amiss for you to visit the Belle Isle Aquarium before
you make this ill-conceived move. I gather you have been too busy to
visit the Aquarium during your tenure as mayor. Perhaps this would be a
Please, I urge you to reconsider the closure of the belle Isle Aquarium.
FOBIA - Friends of Belle Isle Aquarium