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JUST A BID AWARD BLIP Warm Mineral Springs has been closed since June 30. Photo by Stan Zimmerman THE WARM MINERAL SPRINGS BID AWARD WILL NOT BE EXECUTED UNTIL MORE EXTENSIVE BACKGROUND CHECKS HAVE BEEN UNDERTAKEN ON THE FIRM RECOMMENDED AS THE SHORT-TERM OPERATOR By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor People eager to see the reopening of Warm Mineral Springs will have to wait just a bit longer, so more extensive background checks can be undertaken on the principals of the firm recommended to receive a one-year contract to operate the facility. awarding the contract to WMS Sarasota Management LLC — one of just two bidders — county commissioners sought assurance that the firm's officers have clean criminal and business records. That was the decision The only reason I was looking at of the Sarasota Counthis aspect of this was because of the ty Commission during nature and value of the asset and the its regular meeting in jewel that it is in the city of North Port. Venice on Sept. 10. Christine Robinson Although the North Commissioner Port City Commission Sarasota County on Sept. 9 approved The City of North Port was open to more extensive background checks, Sarasota County Parks and Recreation Director Carolyn Brown told the county board in a brief presentation.

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