LITHIA, Fla. (July 18, 2013)—Jenna Conti, who lives in the FishHawk Ranch subdivision in Florida, has been banned from swimming in her community's pool because she wants to wear a mermaid tail.
Conti swam once in the Aquatic Club pool with her custom-made tail once with the staff's approval, but then last week, employees told her the tail 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.
Conti’s dream is to swim at the Florida Aquarium, which features mermaid performers.
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 says she was "enthralled."
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