Sarasota News Leader

07/25/2014

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With the Sarasota County Commission on its summer recess until Aug. 18, Chairman Charles Hines has confirmed to the North Port City Commission that the board will dis- cuss the city's offer to purchase Warm Mineral Springs when it holds its next budget work- shop, which is set for Aug. 20. The letter adds that the county board "will be able to take action on a purchase contract should the City Commission approve a con- tract for our consideration." On July 21, Mayor James Blucher of North Port sent Hines a letter saying the City Commission had agreed to purchase the coun- ty's interest in the Springs for $2.75 million, including all closing costs, subject to the fol- lowing conditions: • The city must follow all state statute requirements for such transactions by a municipality. • A final resolution and contract for the pur- chase and sale will be brought to the City Commission with authorization to close on the deal after the County Commission con- siders the offer. • The county "will grant/assign/empower the City to continue the current contract with National and State Park Concessions pending a sale and closing of Warm Mineral Springs to the City." Chairs for visitors surround the body of water at Warm Mineral Springs. Photo courtesy Sarasota County ANOTHER STEP FORWARD ON AUG. 20, THE COUNTY COMMISSION WILL BE PREPARED TO DISCUSS THE SALE OF WARM MINERAL SPRINGS TO THE CITY OF NORTH PORT By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor

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