Dream of research center languishes

The planned 26,000-square-foot teaching lab at Gulf Islands National Seashore, announced with great fanfare in 2014, has stalled.

“I don’t say it’s dead. It’s still out there,” National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown said in a recent interview.

The envisioned Research and Education Center was to be a joint endeavor of the National Park Service and the University of West Florida. It was originally publicized as a $16.8 million building with a dedicated K-12 learning classroom, conference room for 200 participants and even housing for some, but the project has encountered major hurdles.

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