mermaid statue

Sponsored By

Sonny Vergara, In Honor of Legendary Mermaid, Emilia “Vicki” Vergara Smith

Mermaid Location

99 Jerome Brown Place
Brooksville, FL 34601
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Wondering where to begin your mermaid journey? Let the Mermaid Tale Trail Passport guide you. We've put together an itinerary featuring a recommended path to discover all twenty-seven statues, starting from our Welcome Center in the charming historic district of Brooksville.


Keeper of all life in the brackish intercostal waters and beyond. Her mission is to eliminate the invasive Hydrilla plant that destroys the habitats the otters, turtles, fish, and birds.

About the Artist:

Deb Newman

Deb Newman is a self-taught artist from Columbus, OH, who relocated to the Tampa Bay Area in 2013 with her husband and two Bichons. She enjoys painting outdoors (plein air), creating animal portraits, and portraitures in a variety of mediums. Her credentials include classes at Columbus College of Art and Design, The Life Enrichment Center, Tampa, and various workshops with notable local artists. Deb has served on the board of the North Tampa Art League; she is currently on the board of the Citrus Watercolor Society and serves as the Director of Visual Arts at the Art Center of Citrus County.

“I have enjoyed drawing, painting, and sculpting since childhood. Mostly self-taught with some art college classes throughout the years. Participating in Destination Mermaid Tail Trail is quite an honor and privilege to bring my art to the public. I hope she inspires others to create, and to appreciate and care for our waterways and wildlife.”