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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Weeki Wachee Springs turf war still murky

The battle weighs on Swiftmud and the mermaid attraction.
Published July 30, 2007

When the suit was filed in 2004, at issue was whether the attraction broke its lease on the 27 acres it occupies around the spring. The water district argued three main points:

One, it questioned whether the city could legally own and operate the attraction. Two, the water district said it should have approved the donation of the attraction to the city. Three, an illegal "dredging" - attraction officials call it a "reclamation" - broke the lease and harmed the land.

Today, the district still wants answers. The attraction has since completed about $1-million in renovations deemed necessary for safety by Swiftmud.

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