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"Mermaid" Banned From Florida Community Pool

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FishHawk Ranch, FL -

Eden Sirene moves with an almost "otherworldly" grace.

Eden, better known as Jenna Conti, feels at home wearing her custom made silicon mermaid suit.

Conti says it makes makes children smile, it makes parents smile, it makes everybody happy becayse you don't expect to see a mermaid at the pool.

The problem is, the tale about her tail doesn't appear to have such a happy ending...at least not yet. Monday, she learned from her community board that she cannot wear her outfit in the pools at FishHawk Ranch. The Community Development District says it's a safety concern, and that there's a "no-fin" policy. Rules are rules, they say.

Conti says that her fin can't come flinging off in a pool like swim fin can, and it's not made of a hard plastic. However, that doesn't seem to matter. Fishhawk Ranch Community Board Chairwoman Terrie Morrison says the board loves her intentions, but it simply violates rules.

So, it looks like this little mermaid won't be able to swim freely, but she says the silver lining is all the support she's received from the community.

She says, despite the setback, she still plans to reach her ultimate goal of swimming underwater at the Florida Aquarium. Perhaps then, this mermaid will find the fairytale ending.

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