Weeki Wachee, Florida – Mermaids have mesmerized tourists at Weeki Wachee Springs for sixty years. And now, those females with tails could soon be on the state payroll.
The Department of Environmental Protection and the attraction are in serious discussions about turning Weeki Wachee Springs into a State Park. On Tuesday, the Florida cabinet was briefed on a letter of intent which outlines the potential takeover. But attraction marketing director John Athanason says there’s still a lot of work to do. “It’s far from a done deal,” Athanason said. “We now need to hash out a lot of the details.”
Over the years everything has not gone swimmingly for Weeki Wachee. It’s suffered financially and has been embroiled in litigation with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, commonly known as Swiftmud, so state involvement could help ensure the attraction’s survival.
Swiftmud owns the property that the attraction leases, so the water management district has a big say in what goes on there. A spokesman says the agency hopes to end some four years of legal wrangling with the attraction and state involvement could be a step in that direction.
Hernando County also wants a say in the attraction’s future. On Tuesday, commissioners directed the county administrator to contact Swiftmud and explore entering the court-ordered mediation process. “I think what’s important is that we be included in the talks right now,” said Commissioner Diane Rowden.
With so many parties involved and so many details yet to be agreed upon, the future of Weeki Wachee is not as clear as its spring water.
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