Sarasota News Leader

02/15/2013

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LINGERING IN LIMBO People long have talked of the positive impact on their health from bathing in Warm Mineral Springs. Photo courtesy State of Florida via Wikipedia Commons SUBHEAD: LEGAL ���FISTICUFFS��� MAY BE COMING IN WARM MINERAL SPRINGS DEBATE By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor ���Terrible.��� That is how North Port Vice Mayor Jim Blucher described the Sarasota County Commission���s $2 million offer for the city���s share of Warm Mineral Springs during a City Commission hearing held Monday evening, Feb. 11. The county said OK and floated the $2 million number along with a host of specifications ��� among them a requirement that the city ���contract its municipal boundaries��� to return the springs to unincorporated Sarasota County. North Port Mayor Linda Yates told The Sarasota News Leader two weeks ago that the offer represented ���a major, significant financial burden on south county residents.��� Apparently the rest of the commission agreed, voting unanimously to reject the deal and leaving the future of the springs once again North Port Commissioner Rhonda DiFranco in limbo. echoed Blucher���s ���terrible��� comment Monday night. ���I don���t like the North Port and the idea of de-annexing county jointly acquired I don���t think [the county���s] going Warm Mineral Springs the 81-acre springs from the city,��� she property for $5.5 mil- to make another counter-offer, and the said. ���I think everylion in 2010, but the private sector is not going to be interested thing that the county city wants out of the in working with the county. offered was ���No way, 50-50 arrangement Jose.������ and offered to sell its Jim Blucher Vice Mayor ���I���m tired ��� that���s share to the county City of North Port what it���s just coming last month.

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