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Sarasota News Leader February 1, 2013 Page 38 city and county might manage the property this thing," she said, "but we'll see what North in the interim. Port has to say." Commissioner Joe Barbetta quickly spoke up in favor of the blueprint. "We owe it to the taxpayers of the entire county, and the citizens of North Port also, to come up with a viable solution," he said. "We can't sit in limbo here and allow things to deteriorate." North Port Mayor Linda Yates was cautious when asked her thoughts on the offer. Commissioner Nora Patterson supported the motion, but expressed disappointment that the city had opted out of joint management. "I feel as if a trust has kind of been broken on And add another twist to the Warm Mineral Springs saga: a new, anonymous petition opposed to the county's proposal to solicit ideas on how to redevelop the springs property. "On the surface," Yates told The Sarasota News Leader, the county's offer represents "a major, significant financial burden on South County residents." Declining to go into more "I think there can be a positive spin on this," detail, Yates said, "The most important thing Commissioner Charles Hines said, "in that having one governmental entity controlling is to allow staff the time to gather all of the information the [city] commission needs." [the springs] is probably the way to go." A Sarasota County graphic illustration shows the location of Warm Mineral Springs in south Sarasota County. Image courtesy Sarasota County

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