Sarasota News Leader

04/04/2014

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WARM MINERAL SPRINGS FINALLY APPEARS BACK ON A PATH TO ACHIEVING ITS FULL POTENTIAL AS A COMMUNITY RESORT OPINION EDITORIAL EDITORIAL After watching the recent votes on the future of Warm Mineral Springs — culminat- ing at the Sarasota County Commission dais last week — we were practically ready to burst into our own version of High Hopes. Close to a year after the North Port resort closed, it appears a firm with an excellent reputation will be able to open it back up for swimming. Beyond that, we also are strongly encouraged that almost 21 months after a unanimous vote of the North Port City Commission and the County Commission seemed to pave the way for a creative future for the property, that pos- sibility once again seems plausible. Yes, we know it is too early to even think about chilling the champagne, but the two boards — co-owners of Warm Mineral Springs since late 2010 — have come quite a distance from a year ago. On April 17, 2013, the City and County com- missions spent a long day with a facilitator to try to come to consensus on how to pro- ceed on the resort's future. Not enough steps could be taken smoothly and quickly enough to keep the Springs open after the lease with Cypress Lending expired on June 30, 2013. Since then, the two boards have managed to move methodically — if sometimes on tip- toes — to figure out how best to appease an untold number of residents who have com- plained bitterly and at length about not being OPINION

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