On Sept. 25, 2015, the California Coastal Commission (CCC) released a report and recommended members to vote to approve SeaWorld San Diego's Blue World Project – despite the fact that spokesperson Noaki Shwartz said they received over 120,000 emails and thousands of letters opposing the project.
What next for SeaWorld?
After SeaWorld finishes construction on San Diego's Blue World project, they plan on starting another one at its Florida park. The San Diego project is expected to be completed in 2018.
The CCC will vote to approve or deny SeaWorld's permit to begin building the Blue World Project on Oct. 8.
For the time being, SeaWorld's employees will continue to claim that we need orca captivity because they're cool to look at. "We're deeply transformed by them, [and] the killer whale is an animal that does that," said Dr. Christopher Dold, SeaWorld's vice president of veterinary services.
SeaWorld's PR will continue to make attempts to make the company look as good as possible. They will be answering questions on their newly launched "Ask SeaWorld" program where people can tweet and send questions in about the company and its parks – an addition to its also newly launched "SeaWorld Cares" website.