Community Living | GlenLakes
At Home in Weeki Wachee:
Jerry and Jean Maybrey are
Living the Dream
By Emily Colin
The alliterative town of Weeki Wachee, FL, is home to the Mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, who perform 365 days a year—even eating and drinking underwater. Billing itself as ‘the only city with live mermaids,’
Weeki Wachee is an hour north of Tampa. Mermaids aside,
it’s also the idyllic location of the gated golf community of
A former executive at 3M, Jerry Maybrey was drawn to
all that GlenLakes had to o;er—including the weather. “We
were from Minnesota,” he says. “We found GlenLakes online
as one of the top 100 places to retire to, visited, and loved the
situation there, loved how well-kept it was.”
Jerry’s wife, Jean, was also an executive—the Director
of Marketing for the National Sports Center in Minnesota.
When the couple moved down to GlenLakes, Jerry hadn’t
yet retired; he commuted back and forth from Florida to
Minnesota for the ;rst two years of their residency. Despite
her husband’s travel schedule, Jean was far from lonely.
“;ere are a lot of di;erent business people that reside
there. People who worked for General Motors and Ford, plus
entrepreneurs who had their own businesses,” Jerry says.
“We made friends immediately. To be quite honest, we have
more friends in the GlenLakes area than we do in Minnesota,
and we spent 20 years in Minnesota. Everyone’s in retirement
mode. Most are there without family, so therefore it’s a much
more social situation.”
Now that Jerry is retired, he can take full advantage of one
of his favorite aspects of living at GlenLakes. “I’m a golfer. I love
the golf course. My wife enjoys other things—pickleball, tennis,
riding bikes, and walking. I ;sh as well. GlenLakes hit all the
hot buttons we had from a retirement perspective,” he says.
Jerry and Jean were also drawn to the area for practical
reasons. “It’s not as crowded as further south in Florida, and
the tra;c isn’t as bad,” he says.
;e couple has explored their new home state, driving up
to the Emerald Coast and down to Key West. ;ey’ve also
visited Charleston. ;ere’s so much to do in GlenLakes,
though, that they don’t feel the need to venture that far
from home. “We go to the club quite o;en. ;e food is so
unbelievably good. ;ere’s a wonderful chef,” Jerry says.
“;ere’s a nice clubhouse with various things to do. ;ere
are exercise courses, and a heated pool, if you don’t have one
at your house. It’s just a well-run and well-designed facility.”
;e Maybreys have also found their way to Weeki Wachee
Springs State Park—not necessarily to see the mermaids,
but to kayak down the Weeki Wachee River. “It’s like going
through a jungle. My wife and I do it at least twice a year,”
says Jerry, who had never kayaked before the couple moved
to Florida. “;ere’s a nice beach, about 4-5 miles away. It’s
just well situated.”
A ;shing enthusiast, Jerry now casts a line from his kayak.
“I ;sh right on the lake in GlenLakes,” he says. “;ere’s
wonderful ;shing—big bass.”
When it’s time for family to visit, GlenLakes is also ideally
located. “Tampa is one of the best airports to ;y into in the
nation,” says Jerry, who traveled extensively during his career
at 3M. “;ere’s long-term parking right in the building. It’s
;e Maybreys have lived in GlenLakes since 2010, and life
just keeps getting better.
“I never get sick of the golf course. It’s such a unique golf
course. My wife never gets sick of playing pickleball and
tennis,” Jerry says. “;e biggest thing is how well-kept it
is and how people do so much due diligence to make sure
it’s top-notch all the time. ;e property is kept up, the golf
course is kept up—I think it’s very well run.”