First responders and their families are eligible for free admission at SeaWorld through July 31 the park said, but whoops – not on the July 4 weekend.
A SeaWorld San Diego official said Wednesday that an announcement of a free admission plan for first over the next two months omitted the fact that the busy holiday weekend is not included in the offer.
The program announced Tuesday will provide public safety workers and their families free admission beginning Sunday in tribute to the first responders who fought the outbreak of wildfires around the region two weeks ago.
It was initially announced that free admission will be granted to a first responder and three immediate family members during June and July, but SeaWorld’s Kelly Terry said the news release sent to the media did not include the holiday blackout dates, July 4-6.
Eligible agencies include all fire departments in the San Diego region, along with Cal Fire, the state Department of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, state Parks Bureau and Bureau of Indian Affairs, area police departments, Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, U.S. Border Patrol, Department of Homeland Security, employees of emergency medical services and 911 dispatchers, according to SeaWorld.
Those who wish to take advantage of the offer need to register online, print a voucher and bring it to the park, along with photo identification and documents that verify their employment.
SeaWorld offered a similar deal after the firestorms of 2003 and 2007.
“This is our way of saying ‘thank you,”‘ SeaWorld San Diego President John Reilly said.
Around a dozen wildfires broke out during hot, windy weather beginning May 13, scorching thousands of acres and burning dozens of North County homes. Many other structures were saved by the first responders. One man was found dead in a transient camp.
– City News Service
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