ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) — A day after SeaWorld's CEO announced his resignation, the company said it's laying off more than 300 workers.
Spokesman Fred Jacobs said Friday 311 workers would be laid off from the company's Orlando headquarters and its 11 parks.
The company has 4,500 full time workers and 7,300 part-timers.
The layoffs come a day after CEO Jim Atchison announced he is stepping down as head of the company. SeaWorld's chairman was named the company's interim leader.
Attendance at its theme parks has been weak since the recession and has dropped in three of the past four quarters. SeaWorld has also been battling negative publicity related to care of its animals, since the release of "Blackfish" last year. The documentary suggested the captivity of killer whales may have led to the death of a trainer.
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