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Monday, August 06, 2007

Weeki Wachee mermaids mark 60 years

Published August 5, 2007
Weeki Wachee, about 50 miles north of Tampa, marks its 60th anniversary this year. Despite an ongoing lease dispute with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, which owns the land, it enchants audiences daily, a cross between a campy roadside attraction and a celebration of the exquisite underwater world of the spring.

One of the issues is a disagreement over what Swiftmud calls dredging and the park calls reclamation of sand -- getting sand out of Buccaneer Bay and restoring it to the beach. A faulty seawall that contributed to the runoff of sand has been fixed, Athanason says, and the park paid a fine for not getting a permit.
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