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NatureCoaster Invites YOU to join Us to Celebrate our part of the Mermaid Tale Trail

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on February 20, 2023

Join the gang Friday, February 20 at 2pm at Anderson Snow Park for the unveiling and celebration of our mermaid, Nico and the Underwater Velvet, part of the Adventure Coasts’ new Mermaid Tale Trail.

Tuesday, Februrary 21, NatureCoaster’s founder, Diane Bedard, will be joining Lora and Lady Powerhouse for the Fempreneurs True Confessions podcast show at 3pm. The Fempreneurs True Confessions organization exists to empower women in business and in life to live authentically, and to support each other instead of competing with each other.

Diane is excited to be sharing her story about how she began, her mentor(s), struggles, overcoming, and the joy that this part of her life fulfills. Please join us if you can on LinkedIn and YouTube for the LIVE interview February 21 at 3:00 p.m. ET. It is our hope that other women will hear themselves in Diane’s story, gain the confidence to share their own stories, and experience personal and professional growth as a result!

You can watch the show if you missed the Live thing by clicking here.

Meet our Mermaid (Statue) on Friday, Feb. 24 at Anderson Snow Park

Years ago, Tammy Heon, Director of Tourism for Florida’s Adventure Coast, dreamed of a mermaid trail, with artistically decorated statues placed throughout Hernando County, adding beauty and style to the destination.

In the beginning of 2022, the Mermaid Tale Trail project was shared with attendees at the Brooksville Matters meeting, and Diane asked what the cost of a mermaid would be. It was manageable, so she committed to the project.

We were so quick to sign up that we were able to choose a mermaid designed and painted by Jesse Kasabian, a gifted artist who resides in Hernando County. Jesse’s design was for Nico and the Velvet Underwater Band, which spoke to Diane because her husband is a musician.

The Mermaid Tale Trail began, with completion and unveiling scheduled for a few weeks after hurricane Ian slammed our neighbors to the south, so in January of 2023. all 27 mermaids were brought to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the park.

This month, Nico has been moved to her permanent home in Anderson Snow Park as part of the permanent Mermaid Tale Trail, and we would be honored if you could join us for a public unveiling and celebration of NatureCoaster and Jesse Kasabian’s contribution to this wonderful public art project.

We will unveil her, read her story, and then sing, “Under the Sea” to create a video of our ocean-singing sensation, and some stickers, chocolate mermaid tails, and community spirit. It will only take 15 minutes but promises to be fun – and better with you!

All the details are here. Unveiling and Celebration of Nico & The Velvet Underwater Mermaid –



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