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The City Of Weeki Wachee Is No Longer

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Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation that abolishes the city of Weeki Wachee.

Weeki Wachee ceases to exist – at least as a city.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation on Tuesday that abolishes the municipality.

It will now become part of unincorporated Hernando County, which will now absorb the city’s assets and liabilities.

The city of only 13 residents was founded in 1966 to help put the Weeki Wachee mermaid attraction onto maps and road signs.

Officials say the city's official demise on Tuesday will have no real effect on Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. That's where the underwater mermaid shows featuring women performing in fishtails have been a staple of Florida tourism since 1947. 

The park remains closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.