Enjoy this digest of August 24 through September 12, 2017 stories curated from various media and online mentions.
The mermaids are safe.
The world-famous Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is closed after Hurricane Irma tore up the western coast of Florida this week, but the park's mermaids are unharmed, and their live shows will resume after cleanup and repairs are completed.
Entering into the magical land of mermaids
Just as summer is beginning to wane and we’re into the throes of back-to-school activity and pending snowbird season mania, now may be a good time to take a break from the daily grind.
How to be a Mermaid 101: The Mertailor (video)
View interview with Eric, the Mertailor.
Expanding Bendickson Reef
The Hernando Sun has been following the building of artificial reefs under the direction of Aquatic Services Manager Keith Kolasa. According to several members of the Hernando County Port Authority who were present at the Bendickson Reef on August 25, 2017 the reef project’s history began more than twenty years ago.
Commissioner Sees Possibilities at Public Cannery
Could the Little Rock Cannery become a hands-on tourist attraction? Hernando County Commissioner Steve Champion envisions that possibility.
11 Hidden Attractions Locals Keep to Themselves in Florida
While we never get tired of exploring Florida’s more popular attractions, it’s always fun to try something new. Check out the list below and see if one of these hidden gems has been hiding right under your nose.
Roadside Attractions: 50 things to do when traveling State Road 50
Florida’s highways are rife with roadside attractions dating to pre-Disney days, and State Road 50 has no shortage of destinations worth the drive.
Weeki Wachee becomes K-9 water training camp
K-9 officers from across the Bay Area went through a rigorous training session Tuesday at Weeki Wachee State Park.
Florida Craft Beer: Marker48 Brewing, Weeki Wachee
Legend has it mermaids lure sailors to their deaths with their otherworldly singing, causing ships to crash upon rocks along distant shores. But Florida’s mermaids have something more entertaining and less life-threatening in mind.
15 Unbelievable Florida Corn Mazes You Need to Visit this Fall
There’s a few seasonal traditions that come to mind when you think of Fall. Apple picking, carving pumpkins, watching the leaves change, and exploring your local corn maze!
Buccaneer Bay Water Park at Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida
Weeki Wachee Springs is known as one of the most unique family destinations in all of Florida, offering mermaid shows, riverboat cruises, and even wildlife exhibits. But what some travelers don’t realize is that there’s an amazing water park inside Weeki Wachee Springs that provides a perfect way to spend a summer day.
12 Must-Visit Dog Friendly Breweries in Florida
Dogs and beer, two things every Floridian loves. Craft breweries in the Sunshine State are more popular than ever, and fortunately for us dog lovers, many of them welcome your four-legged companions with outdoor patios and sometimes even biscuits.
12 Icons That Define Florida
For many native Floridians, these are the things that define the Sunshine State