Sarasota News Leader

01/17/2014

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ONE MORE TIME You can love us or hate us for it. … We have tried to do what you want done, which is open up the Springs. Linda Yates Commissioner City of North Port Swimmers enjoy the ambiance of Warm Mineral Springs just before it closed in June. Photo by Stan Zimmerman NORTH PORT CITY COMMISSIONERS HOPE THEY CAN FIND A SHORTTERM OPERATOR TO REOPEN WARM MINERAL SPRINGS IN APRIL WHILE THEY WORK ON A LONG-TERM MANAGEMENT PROPOSAL By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor The City of North Port and Sarasota County this week agreed on another attempt to hire a firm to manage the swimming area at Warm Mineral Springs, with hopes the resort can reopen by April. members had indicated to her they hoped the bid award will be on the city's March 24 agenda. Brown confirmed for the county board that an entry admission would be charged; the city and county would pay for the short-term operIn the meantime, North Port staff will continue ator's services out of the resulting revenue. work on a proposal for the long-term future In a 4-1 vote on Jan. 14, with Chairman of the popular 81-acre tourist destination. Charles Hines in the minority, the County North Port Commissioner Linda Yates on Jan. Commission remained firm on a Sept. 1 dead13 suggested an early to mid-April opening line for finalizing the long-term contract. The would be possible. Sarasota County Parks County Commission set that date last month and Recreation Director Carolyn Brown told while also agreeing to let the city pursue a the County Commission North Port staff short-term manager for the property.

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