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WHITHER THE SPRINGS? The purported healing properties of the water in Warm Mineral Springs draws thousands of tourists to the site each year. Photo by Rachel Levey-Baker THE SARASOTA COUNTY COMMISSION OFFERS $2 MILLION TO PURCHASE WARM MINERAL SPRINGS AT THE SAME TIME A PETITION DRIVE SURFACES By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor North Port wants to sell Warm Mineral week, the county said yes, offering the city $2 Springs, and it looks like it may have a buyer: million. The original city/county purchase was Sarasota County. $5.5 million. Two weeks back, after a month of wrangling, County Commissioner Christine Robinson the North Port City Commission doubled outlined her plan for how to proceed with down on its decision the purchase Tuesto rid itself of Warm day, Jan. 29. IncludMineral Springs, the ed: details on how the I think there can be a positive spin $2 million would be 81-acre tourist attraction it jointly owns on this, in that having one governmental paid out over time, with the county, ask- entity controlling [the springs] is requirements that the ing the County Com- probably the way to go. city alter its boundarmission if it was inies so the springs sits Charles Hines Commissioner terested in buying out on county land and Sarasota County the city's interest. This thoughts on how the

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