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Weeki Wachee Springs

Nicole Marino, 23, a mermaid in the show at the Weeki Wachee Spring attraction was getting in some early morning swimming practice December 31, 1998 before performances started. She is in the company of a group of manatees that visit the spring for its warmer waters during the winter month's. The attraction is located on State Road 50 and U. S. Highway 19, about 50 miles north of Tampa.GARY BOGDON, ORLANDO SENTINEL