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05/24/2013

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A RESORT WITHOUT A FUTURE? Visitors relish the warm water of Warm Mineral Springs. Photo by Rachel Levey-Baker NO WARM MINERAL SPRINGS RESOLUTION IN SIGHT By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor It's been obvious for months that the North Port and Sarasota County commissions don't agree on how to move forward on Warm Mineral Springs, the 87-degree "Fountain of Youth" jointly purchased by the two boards in 2010, but this week showed they can't even agree on what they agreed to two months ago. Both commissions met this week to discuss a draft of an interlocal agreement drawn up by both city and county staffers. The document was intended to "memorialize" a rough agreement reached during a long, feisty mediation held April 17, and it contains a broad list of principles covering topics such as the process for the long-term development of the land, as well as how to identify a short-term management partner. That second piece is particularly vital since the contract with the company currently We gave it our best shot, and it's managing the springs runs out at the end of clear we just have two different visions. June. If the two commissions can't agree Charles Hines Commissioner on how to oversee the Sarasota County

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