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Archive: Jul 2018

Garden & Gun

A Dip into Southern Mermaid History 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.” Smith, who grew up near Weeki Wachee Springs, chose the last option. At age 17, she began swimming at the longtime Sunshine …

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BBC News

A legendary ‘mermaid’ still swimming at 78 A tourist destination in Florida has for seven decades wowed audiences with the magic of its mermaid shows. Janine Zeitlin speaks to one of these “legends” who reflects on what the job means to her, and why she still puts on her fins. Vicki Smith shrugs off signs …

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