The City of Weeki Wachee

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The City of Weeki Wachee

Hernando Sun Staff

There are two cities in Hernando County Brooksville and Weeki Wachee. Weeki Wachee is known as the "City of the Mermaids". It consists of the 12,000-acre Weeki Wachee Preserve, the Weeki Wachee Springs park and a few homes.

In 1947, Newt Perry started Weeki Wachee attraction. Girls performed by eating, drinking, and accomplishing other regular tasks under water. In 1966, someone had the bright idea of incorporating the City of Weeki Wachee, so it would appear on road signs and maps. Thus, the city of Weeki Wachee was born to provide free advertising for the park.

The City of Weeki Wachee may not be around much longer. It is constantly being threatened with being decertified by the state as it has a population of around four people. The state wants municipalities to have at least a few hundred people.

The town is run by a three-member commission. The current mayor of Weeki Wachee is Robyn Anderson a former mermaid and assistant manager of the park. She has been mayor since 1998.