Sarasota News Leader

06/20/2014

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Next Tuesday's joint North Port-Sarasota County meeting to discuss the remaining two proposals to redevelop Warm Mineral Springs became a little more fraught this week, with a formal protest filed against one of the finalists and a correction appended to the other. The North Port and County commissions together narrowed their range of choices from four to two last week, picking plans submit- ted by Jebco Ventures and National and State Park Concessions as the two most attrac- t i v e c h o i c e s . T h e b o a r d s h a v e b e e n working for years to develop a long-term plan for the Springs, which the city and county jointly purchased in 2010 for $5.5 million. Jebco's proposal calls for aggressive redevelop- ment, with the possibility of a new hotel and even condos and residential housing on the 81-acre Springs property. National, meanwhile, has proposed a gentler strategy, with no construc- tion for the first three years and more modest upgrades after that. Representatives from both companies are slated to present their projects to the boards on Tuesday, June 24. Visitors enjoy the swimming area at Warm Mineral Springs. Photo by Rachel Levey-Baker ONE PROTEST, ONE CORRECTION BOTH OF THE FINAL TWO PLANS FOR WARM MINERAL SPRINGS HIT SNAGS AHEAD OF NEXT WEEK'S PRESENTATIONS We want to make a presentation. Ralf Brookes Representative Friends of Warm Mineral Springs By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor

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