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Monday, August 27, 2007

A mermaid remembers

Tania Samborn swam at Weeki Wachee for two years during the famous attraction’s glory days
Published August 24, 2007

Six decades is a long time, even for a fairy tale land. Over the years, Weeki Wachee weathered fluctuating attendance, competition from Disney World, a state purchase of the land and, now, a legal dispute over whether the town can legally hold the lease land and operate the business.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District owns the land, but the former owner donated the land lease to the town. District lawyers say an incorporated municipality can’t be the holder of the lease. Athanason and others speculate that the district will close the park if it wins the legal battle.

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