Owner Vince Covino took KXAN News on a tour of the facility Thursday, as crews prepare the building for water and fish.Over the past few months, Covino has had to deal with permitting issues which forced him to move the fish he did have in stock off-site.
Opponents of the aquarium point to an ongoing investigation by the Oregon Humane Society into another aquarium owned by Vince and and his brother, Ammon Covino in Portland, Ore.Covino says he takes the accusations seriously and issued this letter.
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Covino says the creatures bound for the Austin Aquarium are getting what they need, although they're off-site for now.
"[The animals get] the exact same level of care from the exact same people here as they would off site," Covino said. "There is no difference in the level of care in the animals, the water testing, the medicines that they receive and so forth doesn't change."
KXAN News will follow the permitting process as Covino gets closer to opening the new attraction.
Austin code compliance found no violations inside the facility at last check.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.