Marine Goes Private

The Orange County Marine Institute will save Orange County $61,000 a year in site maintenance and financial service fees by becoming a private, nonprofit organization. More on the institute:

* Provides hands-on experience through a variety of programs, including ocean research techniques, surf safety and tide pool exploration

* Formed in 1977

* 75,000 students visit the institute annually

* 25,000 visitors participate in programs annually

* $25-million to $30-million expansion would increase visits by students and others to more than 150,000 per year

Source: Orange County Marine Institute

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