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Sarasota News Leader July 4, 2013 With a unanimous vote on June 24, the North Port City Commission approved a revised interlocal agreement with Sarasota County that calls for the city to undertake a competitive bid process to secure a manager for a period no longer than 12 months, although that contract could be renewed if the City and County commissions choose to do so while they figure out long-term plans for the resort. The latter process is what ultimately led to the closure. Three North Port city commissioners — two of whom were elected in November 2012 — had been intent on keeping Warm Mineral Springs more like a park while the County Commission continued to point to a joint city-county agreement inked in July 2012 Page 38 A county marker at Warm Mineral Springs points to the history of the site. Photo by Ebyabe via Wikimedia Commons An aerial map shows the location of Warm Mineral Springs. Image courtesy Sarasota County

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