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Florida amusement park gets a new lease on life

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Weeki Wachee Springs, a pre-Disney Florida tourist attraction known for its underwater mermaids, will stay open and try to make a comeback with needed repairs and new events.

The governing board of its landlord voted Tuesday to keep the 56-year-old park afloat, but the Southwest Florida Water Management District also wants frequent reports on the park's efforts to stay profitable.

The water agency owns the land and leases the 27-acre attraction to the city of Weeki Wachee, about 35 miles north of Tampa.