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Weeki Wachee mermaids return just in time for the holiday weekend

Crystal Burchhardt performs in The Little Mermaid at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in 2016. Times 2016
Published May 25

WEEKI WACHEE — The mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park are back in the water to perform for the first time in half a year.

The mermaid shows stopped in November to allow for a nearly $3 million renovation to the underwater theater and park. The theater upgrades are almost done, with just a couple of behind-the-scenes items left to finish, but the mermaid show is ready to start back up, said John Athanason, the park's marketing director.

The park's river boat cruises and wildlife shows are still on hold during the renovations, which are expected to be done by July, Athanason said.

The mermaids are performing today at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Over the Memorial Day weekend, they'll be joined by the Legendary Sirens, a group of former mermaids who range in age from 60 to 80. Shows will be at noon and 2 p.m. each day.

For more information, visit weekiwachee.com.

Contact Paige Fry at pfry@tampabay.com. Follow on Twitter at @paigexfry.

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