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Sarasota News Leader March 1, 2013 Page 64 with some other method via conflict resolu- DeMarsh responded that he would make sure tion. I don���t have hope on either.��� the letter went into the mail Feb. 27. The first step in following the Florida Governmental Conflict Resolution Act, County Attorney Stephen DeMarsh explained, will be for the county to send a letter to Jonathan R. Lewis, North Port���s city manager, asking him to work with County Administrator Randall Reid to set up a meeting to see whether the two of them can resolve the issues. Robinson also asked for clarification from Patterson about whether her motion called for the use of a facilitator to assist the two commissions in reaching an agreement. ���Yes, it does,��� Patterson responded. If Reid and Lewis cannot reach an agreement both their boards will approve, the next step, By law, DeMarsh added, that letter has to be DeMarsh indicated, would be for the commissent within five days of the County Commis- sioners to meet. sion vote authorizing it. Then, that meeting ���We need to try to get everybody together has to be scheduled within 30 days of Lewis��� to get this [matter] on the right track again,��� receipt of it, DeMarsh pointed out. Robinson said, ���and I���m hopeful everybody Robinson asked that the letter go into the mail will go into [the conflict resolution] with an Feb. 27 and that it be emailed to Lewis as well. open mind.��� County officials have pointed out they could be hampered in planning for Warm Mineral Springs unless the City of North Port de-annexed the spa. Image courtesy Sarasota County

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