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Monday, August 28, 2006

Travails of the mermaid mayor

Published Aug 26, 2006
It all started in 2003 when the park was donated to the City of Weeki Wachee. The attraction was rapidly deteriorating and faced being shut down. When the park was offered, city officials jumped at the chance to salvage what was left. What they didn’t know is that they would be slammed with more than $1 million worth of repairs.

A tumultuous legal battle with Swiftmud ensued over the legalities of the handover (see info box for details). Anderson was mayor of the city and thus became manager of the park. So it fell to her to head up the fight and come up with the means to bring the park back to its original splendor.
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