Weeki Wachee

From the Sea to the Springs

April 08, 2016 - 11:11
Kap(SS) 4 Kid(SS) Joe Pete and George Selee

WEEKI WACHEE- Henry E. Gadreault and George C. Selee are just two of many, many Veterans that served to protect our country, but their service was not on land, not on air and not above water, but below in the depths of the sea, in a submarine.

“We dive an experimental submarine, we went to four thousand feet. No other sub has done that,” Gadreault said.

Hornets’ Brooks hopes for more history

March 04, 2016 - 00:05

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Weeki Wachee senior Dean Brooks earned the first regional title in team history last weekend, and will look to become a two-time state placer at the FHSAA Finals this weekend. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

After this weekend, the prep wrestling career of Dean Brooks officially comes to a close. According to his current college plans, he’ll essentially be leaving the sport behind.
In the meantime, the senior has managed to leave an indelible mark on the Weeki Wachee record book. Last Saturday, he became the program’s first-ever regional champion, finishing first at 285 pounds in the Class 1A, Region II Tournament.

Sports notebook: Brooks earns Hornets’ first regional crown

February 27, 2016 - 23:50

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Weeki Wachee senior Dean Brooks won a regional championship at 285 pounds on Saturday. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

A week after the Weeki Wachee wrestling team brought home its first district title, it can now boast its initial individual regional champion. Senior Dean Brooks won all three of his matches across Friday and Saturday, pinning Javohn Maravolo of Titusville-Astronaut in 2:30 to capture the 285-pound final of the Class 1A, Region II Tournament at Eastern Florida State College in Titusville.

Sports Notebook: Weeki Wachee wrestling wins district

February 20, 2016 - 23:56

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Weeki Wachee head coach Joe Felice (right) and his assistant watch on during the Kiwanis Invitational in December. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

For five years, Joe Felice has worked to build the Weeki Wachee wrestling program from scratch. On Saturday, he and the rest of the Hornets enjoyed the fruits of that labor. Weeki Wachee scored 221 team points in the Class 1A, District 6 Tournament at Anclote, well ahead of Hernando in second at 171. It marks the first district championship in team history, and only the school’s second in any sport following the volleyball team’s first-place finish earlier this school year.

Help Track Sparrows in Weeki Wachee Preserve

January 31, 2016 - 14:25

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

 Marianne Korosy, Ph.D. after banding one of the netted Sparrows

The Florida Water Management District needs assistance in identifying what birds’ species are using the preserve during the winter. “In the summer, birds perch and sing, so you can easily identify what birds [there are], but in the winter the birds rarely perch," explained Marianne Korosy, PhD. She is the Florida Important Bird Area Coordinator at National Audubon Society.

Weeki Wachee Christmas Boat Parade

December 08, 2015 - 11:41

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

 Weeki Wachee Boat Parade 2015

On Saturday night, Roger’s Park and Bayport Pier was filled to the max with anticipated residents of Hernando County awaiting to view some decked out Christmas boats for the 30th annual Weeki Wachee River Christmas Boat Parade.

Parking was quite a challenge as well as viewing the boats, which unfortunately left many discouraged. I would like to send out a huge “Thank You” to Scott and Kristy Stoker on Tropical Drive for opening their home to me so I was able to capture a couple of photos of this event.

La Bella Napoli Italian Restaurant

October 22, 2015 - 20:31
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La Bella Napoli Italian Restaurant is tucked out of the way on Shoal Line Boulevard right where the road makes a couple sharp turns. It is slightly north of the Weeki Wachee River.

The dining room is darkened to provide an intimate setting. The decor is old world Italian with Italian music softly playing. The food is excellent. They carry the usual Italian favorites of pizza and pasta. They also have more unique fare.

Weeki Wachee’s Own Tarzan: Al Zaebst

August 14, 2015 - 20:42
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Photography from Florida Memory State Library & Archives of Florida

Al Zaebst could have had a great reality television show if they had existing in the first half of the twentieth century. Zaebst was a well known photographer, hunter, and animal collector. He had made numerous trips to the African continent, his first was in 1924.

The City of Weeki Wachee’s Massive Growth

March 19, 2015 - 15:24
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Hernando Sun Staff

The City of Weeki Wachee has approved an 86-unit apartment complex. This will result in massive growth for the City, which currently has a population of 3 residents. The current mayor, Robyn Anderson, was the lone vote against the project.

It will be interesting to see if the 86 new residents choose to keep her as mayor or if she will be replaced by the new residents. Also of interest to the new residents will be the debt that the town is carrying. This debt has been a reason why the tiny town has not been swallowed by the county.

The City of Weeki Wachee

February 05, 2015 - 21:28

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.

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