Sarasota News Leader

03/29/2013

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NEWS BRIEFS Warm Mineral Springs will be the topic of a conflict resolution meeting tentatively set for April 17. Photo courtesy State of Florida via Wikipedia Commons WARM MINERAL SPRINGS MEDIATION DATE SET The Sarasota County Commission and the North Port City Commission are tentatively scheduled to meet with a facilitator on April 17 to resolve differences over the ownership of Warm Mineral Springs. cember 2010. It also noted the two local government bodies had exchanged "several pieces of correspondence since November 2012" with respect to "an Invitation to Negotiate for proposals to operate, develop, or utilize the … property, and the City's desire to sell its County Attorney Stephen DeMarsh report- interest" in Warm Mineral Springs. ed to the County Commission on March 19 that both he and County Administrator Ran- The letter adds, "It is clear that Sarasota Coundall Reid had had conflict assessment meet- ty and the City of North Port have a conflict ings with their North Port counterparts, as over the future use of the jointly-owned … required by state statute, to try to reach an property as well as the City's expressed desire agreement over the future of the springs. to sell its interest in the property." "We did not reach a resolution we could bring DeMarsh pointed out on March 19 that the to you," DeMarsh reported. county had 50 days from the date it sent that letter to hold a meeting of the two boards, After the City of North Port rebuffed an of- since his and Reid's discussions were not fer from the County Commission to purchase fruitful, "and we will meet that timeline." Warm Mineral Springs, the County Commission sent a letter on Feb. 27 to Jonathan R. He also had tentatively engaged a facilitator Lewis, the North Port city manager, saying the for the April meeting, he said, adding that Reid county board had adopted a Feb. 26 resolu- and he would coordinate with the facilitator tion "initiating the procedures of the Florida to make sure the person had all the necessary Governmental Conflict Resolution Act." background material and facts "that will lead to a more clear discussion." The letter points out that the city and county purchased the resort property together in DeRachel Brown Hackney

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