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Weeki Wachee, Florida
US 19, SR 50 and CR 550 intersect at Weeki Wachee Springs and Buccaneer Bay
US 19, SR 50 and CR 550 intersect at Weeki Wachee Springs and Buccaneer Bay
Location in Hernando County and the state of Florida
Location in Hernando County and the state of Florida
Weeki Wachee, Florida is located in the United States
Weeki Wachee, Florida
Weeki Wachee, Florida
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Florida
County Hernando
Founded 1966
Dissolved June 2020
Area
 • Total 1.05 sq mi (2.73 km2)
 • Land 1.00 sq mi (2.60 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
Elevation
33 ft (10 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 16
 • Density 12.94/sq mi (5.00/km2)
Time zone UTC−05:00 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (EDT)
Area code(s) 352
FIPS code 12-75625
GNIS feature ID 0295700

Weeki Wachee is an unincorporated community and former city located in Hernando County, Florida, United States. As of the 2020 census, the community has a total population of 16. The 12,000-acre (4,900 ha) Weeki Wachee Preserve and the Weeki Wachee Springs park are located in the area. The park includes water rides, animal shows, mermaid costume shows, and manatee watching. The communities of Weeki Wachee Gardens and Spring Hill are nearby.

Geography

Weeki Wachee is located at 28°30'56" North, 82°34'43" West (28.515445, -82.578565). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), of which 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 76
1980 8 −89.5%
1990 53 562.5%
2000 12 −77.4%
2010 12 0.0%
2020 16 33.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2000 US Census of 2000, there were 12 people, five households, and five families residing in the city. The population density was 11.8 people per square mile (4.5/km2). There were five housing units at an average density of 4.9 per square mile (1.9/km2). As identified by the census, no one in Weeki Wachee was Hispanic or Latino. All residents were White except for one Native American member of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribe.

Weeki Wachee Springs

Tourist attraction

Weeki Wachee Springs, the spring of the Weeki Wachee River, is a Florida tourist attraction where underwater performances by mermaids – women dressed in fancy outfits with fins about their legs – can be viewed in an aquarium-like setting. There are currently 15 female mermaid performers and four male performers. The attraction includes a Buccaneer Bay water park, animal shows, and boat rides. General Manager Robyn Anderson is also the town's mayor. The park is now an official Florida State Park and is owned and managed by the State Parks department.

Deepest naturally formed spring in the United States.

From May 22 until August 30, 2007, the discharge level at Weeki Wachee spring dropped to a level that allowed for cave divers to gain effective entry into the cave system at the spring. The Karst Underwater Research team successfully executed exploration dives and the necessary in-water decompression to explore approximately 6,700 feet (2,000 m) in multiple passages at an average depth of 265 feet (81 m) Fresh Water (ffw) with a maximum depth of 407 ffw.

In popular media

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park 001
Entrance to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
  • In 2005, English rock band Supergrass filmed the video for their song "Low C" at the Springs. They filmed a short documentary about the spring, their playing at a local bar, and swimming with the mermaids.
  • Canadian rock band The Elwins mention the city in their single "Stuck In The Middle" from their album And I Thank You.
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