Mermaid Kicked Out of Community Pool by Homeowners Association

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A mermaid living in the Fishhawk Ranch community in Lithia, Florida, can no longer swim in the pool, says the community's homeowners association.

Eden Sirene (or, as she's known by her nonmermaid name, Jenna Conti) was told she's not allowed to wear her fins in the pool, per the community's "no-fin" policy.

Conti wears a custom-made silicon mermaid suit whenever she hits the pool, much to the delight of the other residents and swimmers. Kids, in particular, love the sight of a real-life mermaid frolicking underwater in their pool.

But the Community Development District has gotten all Grinchy with it and says Conti's costume is a safety issue, because it's basically one big fin and apparently IT WILL MURDER THE CHILDREN.

"We love what's she trying to do, be kind to children and do something good for the community," Fishhawk chair Terrie Morrison told Fox 13 in Tampa. "We love her intentions -- it's simply that it violates rules."

For her part, Conti says her costume is safe and, furthermore, doesn't really count as the kind of fin the HOA rule is talking about.

"It makes me feel amazing, makes children smile, makes adults smile, everybody happy -- you don't expect to see a mermaid at the pool," she said.

Conti also says she's planning to hold a meeting with the board to appeal.

Until then, Conti and her mermaid costume of death will have to stay out of the pool. She says she's happy about the support she's receiving from the community and still plans on someday swimming at the Florida Aquarium.

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HisGoddess
HisGoddess

HOA board members have nothing better to do that to tell. Everyone else what to do. They've got no power, so they take what little power they get by being on the HOA board and it goes straight to their heads

Jessica Biela
Jessica Biela

Another perfect example of how the board members of HOAs need to get a life...

Prophit1942
Prophit1942

Nothing good ever comes from these associations. They're handled by shallow sad people with delusions of grandeur. All ways exercising their power of those who live in the communities simply to make them miserable. I've yet to hear anything good from these associations and from my own personal experience I can say The people that run them are scum. 

John Pearson
John Pearson

It's okay for white guys to stalk and kill black kids. It's not okay for abused women to fire a warning shot to scare off her abuser. Of course we can't have fun in our pools. When is Weeki Wachee Springs going to get closed down?

Brian Bartlett
Brian Bartlett

oh, and fK HOA 's especially those in the Spanish Wells condo association Delray Beach Florida. along with this one, those jealous ass monkeys just want to stir up controversy

Brian Bartlett
Brian Bartlett

I have a strict mermaids only policy at my house.... if any other mermaids would like a place to hide your tail..

Ben Pogue
Ben Pogue

...never met a rule i didn't want to violate 3:)

Curt Chapman
Curt Chapman

Another Florida controversy grips the nation!

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