Published July 18, 2013
A woman has been banned from swimming in her community's pool because she wants to wear a mermaid tail.
Jenna Conti, who lives in the FishHawk Ranch subdivision, which sits to the east of Tampa, had been in the Aquatic Club pool with her custom-made tail once before with the staff's approval. But last week, they told her it violated a policy against swim fins. On Monday night, the FishHawk Community Development board voted to keep her out of the pool because of the swim fin policy.
"We love what's she trying to do, be kind to children and do something good for the community. We love her intentions -- it's simply that it violates rules," said board chair Terrie Morrison, a member of the board told MyFoxTampaBay.com.
The full-time hair stylist hasn't been a mermaid for very long. She and her 10-year-old son saw the mermaids at the Tampa Bay Renaissance Fair earlier this year and she was "enthralled.”
"I'm a 48-year-old man and I get a big smile on my face seeing her swim," Bob Abruszzese, a neighbor, told MyFoxTampaBay.com.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that Conti's dream is to swim at the Florida Aquarium.
"We just wanted to show some magic here in Fishhawk, that's all," she says.
The Associated Press contributed to this report