Gulfstream Park Casino Floor Closes After 13,000 Gallon Aquarium Bursts
Florida Casino Property Scrambles To Save Fish and Dry Out Casino Floor
Early Sunday morning, a 13,000 gallon salt-water aquarium at Gulfstream Racing & Casino Park burst, flooding the second floor of the casino and forcing the property to close for repairs.
The tank, which houses more than 100 tropical fish, including nurse sharks, is located in the center of the room. Water from the second floor aquarium then leaked from the ceiling into the first floor casino space. A casino spokesman stated that they are unsure when they will be able to reopen.
In addition to the tank itself, slot machines, televisions, ATMs and carpeting were damaged, bringing the cost of repairs into the six-figure range. The closure of the casino during Labor Day may cost the property even more.
According to the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, Gulfstream Park makes roughly $140,000 each weekend day from slots and their 19-table poker room.
Though more than 10,000 gallons had poured out of the aquarium, all of the fish were able to survive in the two-feet of water still left behind. They are currently being cared for by a company that cleans the tank.
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