Despite arrest of owner’s brother, aquarium in Layton mall to open in November

Thursday , October 20, 2016 - 5:30 PM7 comments

DOUG GIBSON, Standard-Examiner Staff

LAYTON — Despite the arrest of one owner’s brother, the SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium planned for the Layton Hills Mall will open in November, the mall’s general manager and Layton City officials say.

In September, Ammon Covino, the brother of SeaQuest co-owner Vince Covino, was arrested on suspicion of violating a judge’s order that he not be involved in activities with fish or other wildlife. Covino allegedly visited the construction site of the Layton aquarium.

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Ammon Covino, then associated with a Boise aquarium, was indicted in 2013 for illegal purchases of fish. He eventually pleaded guilty.

Vince Covino, of Boise, Idaho, and Brad Boyle, of Bountiful, both own the SeaQuest aquarium in the Layton mall. After Ammon Covino’s arrest, SeaQuest told media he has no relationship with the company.

“This guy (Ammon Covino) isn’t involved with them at all,” Layton Mayor Bob Stevenson told the Standard-Examiner.  Stevenson said SeaQuest officials had informed him of Ammon Covino’s past legal problems.

Attempts to reach Boyle on Friday were not successful.

A NOVEMBER OPENING

Linda Kelley, general manager at Layton Hills Mall, said she’s been told the aquarium should open by the middle of November. “They are moving right along,” she said. Kelley said the owners have recently decided to add extras to enlarge the business.

Although it’s taken a little longer than people expected, “everything looks really good. We’re excited to get it open,” said Kent Andersen, ‎deputy director of Community and Economic Development for Layton

Both Davis County and Layton City have provided SeaQuest economic incentives to bring the 20,000-square-foot aquarium to Layton. There will be 300 species and 1,500 animals at the business. Visitors will be able to interact with most of them. 

Guest will be able to snorkel in a 40,000-gallon tank that will include stingrays, reef sharks and tropical fish. There will also be an aviary for visitors to walk through.

Andersen said he expects the new interactive aquarium to be heavily attended. “I have heard estimates of up to 600,000 visitors a year,” he said. 

Admission will be $9.95 for ages 2-11, $14.95 for ages 12 and older, and $12.95 for military personnel and those age 55 and older. There are also annual and lifetime memberships for individuals, couples and families.

The Layton Hills Mall is located at 1201 N. Hill Field Road in Layton. The aquarium will be at the mall’s lower level Center Court.

dgibson@standard.net

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