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SHOWDOWN Warm Mineral Springs draws tourists from around the world. Photo by Rachel Levey-Baker FUTURE OF WARM MINERAL SPRINGS THE HOT TOPIC AT JOINT COUNTYCITY MEETING By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor "Doodle-oodle-oodle-ooh, wah-wah-wah." Yep, it's showdown time for the Sarasota County and North Port commissions, which meet next Wednesday morning, April 17, to discuss and debate the future of Warm Mineral Springs. monious meeting, held last July, things have not gone so smoothly. In November, after the election of two new commissioners, the North Port board voted to reject the Invitation to Negotiate and to reThe last time the city and county held a joint quest another sit-down with the county. Frusmeeting, the two boards agreed unanimously trated, the county scuppered that suggestion a to issue an Invitation week later. Shortly afto Negotiate to solicit ter that, the North Port ideas for how to deI never know what to expect when board moved to rid itvelop and manage the it comes to two governing boards. self of the issue comsprings, which was pletely, voting to sell purchased by the two Linda Yates Mayor its 50 percent share in entities for $5.5 million City of North Port in 2010. Since that harthe springs property.

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