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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Weeki Wachee Springs, home of the live mermaids, still struggling

Posted 3/3/07
The newly spruced up theme park remains embroiled in a distasteful dispute over its lease with a state agency that Weeki Wachee Springs' owners say could spell the end for one of the remaining tourist gems of old Florida, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

Situated along U.S. 19 - a major tourist trail in the days before Interstate 75 - Weeki Wachee Springs debuted its underwater show in 1947, featuring young women in fish tails breathing compressed air through hoses as they somersaulted and back-flipped through choreographed routines.
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