Enjoy this digest of July 26 through August 8, 2018 stories curated from various media and online mentions.
A Dip into Southern Mermaid History
At 78, the oldest still-performing siren shares stories of Florida’s Weeki Wachee mermaids. In small-town Florida in the 1950s, young women had three options, Vicki Smith says: “You got married, went off to school, or you became a Weeki Wachee mermaid.”
There have been Elvis sightings all over the world but not quite like the one that took place in the Tampa Bay area nearly 60 years ago. That’s when “The King” met The Weeki Wachee Mermaids.
A Day Trip to Florida’s Adventure Coast
My husband and I recently took a little road trip. Our mission was to search for Florida Kitsch. Our final destination was the town of historic Brooksville. We live in Winter Park (just North of Orlando), so we got on State Road 50 and headed West.
They’re about as diverse as you can get in Tampa Bay real estate: A Hernando mobile home near a private entrance to Weeki Wachee River, an Old Seminole Heights house with a window into Tampa-living, a Clearwater suite with an in-ground pool, and a Pasco home near the Gulf of Mexico.
Jennifer Trozzo made an observation when she and her family moved here from Pittsburgh several years ago. “Nice shopping,” she said, “but no bakeries, no candy shops.” Trozzo filled that void with the opening last month of Weeki Wachee Candy Co., which also is a bakery and café.
Pine Island observation deck reopens to the public
The Alfred McKethan/Pine Island Park observation deck, destroyed by Hurricane Hermine in 2016, has been restored and is now open to the public. Located at 10840 Pine Island Drive just west of Weeki Wachee on the Gulf of Mexico, this observation deck is a popular spot for holding weddings and watching sunsets.
Hernando County Report By: Capt. Joel Gant
That’s right fishheads, what you’ve been waiting for, “SCALLOPS”. The season opens from the Hernando/Pasco line north, from July 1st until September 24th.
Live Oak Theatre announces that registration for classes at the Live Oak Conservatory will be held on Saturday, August 25 from 9 am to 1 pm at the Live Oak Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, Florida 34601.
Fairy Village in May Stringer’s Living Memories Garden
The Brooksville Beautification Board will be assisting the May-Stringer Museum in establishing a Fairy Village in The Living Memories Garden located behind this Historical Museum, 601 Museum Street.
Get a Real Florida Passport to Journey to Every State Park
Perhaps you have a government-issued passport which allows you to explore abroad. Well, the new Real Florida Passport grants adventurists permission to embark on worldly travels… just a bit closer to home and within the state borders.
Accepting flamingos as native to Florida
For a long time Flamingos have been considered exotic in Florida. This had real world consequences since many of Florida former roadside attractions have become part of the Florida State Parks.