Sarasota News Leader

05/10/2013

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ANOTHER BUMP ON THE PATH (From left) North Port City Commissioner Rhonda DiFranco, Vice Mayor Jim Blucher, Mayor Linda Yates, Commissioner Cheryl Cook and Commissioner Tom Jones. Photo courtesy City of North Port A NORTH PORT CITY COMMISSIONER'S UNEXPECTED REQUEST LEADS TO COUNTY COMMISSION CONFUSION OVER THE NEXT STEPS IN THE BOARDS' EFFORTS TO RESOLVE WARM MINERAL SPRINGS ISSUES By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor If they were confused, they had every right to City of North Port, saying one of the North Port commissioners had requested copies of be. the draft interlocal agreement and short-term That essentially is what Sarasota County lease proposal for Warm Mineral Springs beAttorney Stephen DeMarsh told the County ing circulated among Reid, DeMarsh, North Commission on May 7 regarding the latest Port City Attorney Robert K. Robinson and news about Warm Mineral Springs. Lewis. The documents were prepared by DeMarsh and his staff to "memorialize" the acDuring the Commission Reports part of their tion the two commissions took in a facilitated regular meeting in Venice, Commissioner Joe meeting on April 17 about the future of the Barbetta brought up an email all the board 81-acre resort the commissions jointly own. members had received from County AdminisThe North Port commissioner who requested trator Randall Reid at 8:58 a.m. that day. the documents, The Sarasota News Leader Reid notified the board he had received an learned in a public records request, was Cheremail from Jonathan Lewis, manager of the yl Cook.

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