MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — An area man is planning to construct a large replica of Noah’s Ark, using the $300,000 he has already collected in donations to begin the project.

The man, Rodolfo Almira, told the Miami Herald that he was inspired to start the project after seeing abandoned animals searching for food after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

The project will involve three of Almira’s friends, and will reportedly cost around $1.5 million to finish.

Almira estimated that the finished product will be three stories tall and 500 feet long, and will take two years to finish.

He hopes to turn the structure into a museum, shop and zoo with small animals such as goats and chickens on display.

Though many have supported the endeavor financially, the four friends have reportedly tried to battle citations for not securing proper permits and zoning approval for the project, at a cost of $500 each. However, they have said they will pay fines if necessary to keep the project alive.

The Herald learned that, while the story of Noah and his ark is one from the Bible, the project is being billed as non-denominational.

Added Almira, “It has nothing to do with any specific religion.”


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