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Sarasota News Leader February 1, 2013 The petition objects to the county's Invitation to Negotiate process and the "fast-tracking of the economic development of Warm Mineral Springs," which "does not advance the best interests of long term eco-tourism and the health of the springs." The statement calls for "objective environmental research and rehabilitation" before any new development is planned, and it argues that the springs "is best left as primarily a public nature park." Page 39 administrative contact, Donel King, who also appears to have posted a PowerPoint slideshow, promoted alongside the petition, at the site. It was the North Port City Commission that originally put the brakes on the ITN process late last year, so, should the city accept the county's $2 million offer, the ITN denounced in the petition would likely get a boost. But the only certainty in the Warm Mineral Springs debate these last few months has been uncertainty. What will happen next week? Or the week after? I do not think anyone knows for sure. The person or persons behind the petition declined to speak about the statement when contacted by email. The website hosting the petition belongs to New Hope, an anger management counseling service based in Houston, Sarasota News Leader Editor Rachel Brown TX. The News Leader received no response Hackney contributed to reporting on this when it contacted New Hope or the website's story. % A Very Special Offer For Advertisers Purchase a full-page, advertising twelve pack between now and January 31st, 2013 and receive four of these fantastic SNL 16oz Tervis® Tumblers. Show your support for The Progressive Voice Of Southwest Florida around the house, around the office, wherever you go with these locally manufactured, high-quality insulated tumblers. or (941) 227-1080 Advertisers must meet all terms and conditions of sale for the 12-pack advertising package. Limit of one set of four tumblers per advertiser. Offer is valid while supplies last. "Tervis" is a registered trademark of Tervis® Tumbler Company. The Sarasota News Leader is not affiliated with Tervis® Tumbler Company.

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