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NO DEAL (From left) North Port City Commissioner Rhonda DiFranco, Vice Mayor Jim Blucher, Mayor Linda Yates, Commissioner Cheryl Cook and Commissioner Tom Jones. Photo courtesy City of North Port THE COUNTY COMMISSION REJECTS NORTH PORT'S OFFER TO BUY OUT ITS SHARE OF WARM MINERAL SPRINGS AND OBJECTS TO THE CITY'S UNILATERAL MOVE TO NEGOTIATE A SHORT-TERM LEASE FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF THE RESORT By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor No, the Sarasota County Commission does not However, the County Commission steered want to sell its share of Warm Mineral Springs clear of including in its formal response to the to the City of North Port. North Port board any language about pursuing the next step on a And, yes, it does object path to litigation over to the North Port City There are three [North Port] the springs. Commission's May 28 vote to proceed on its commissioners who are hell-bent on Instead, on a unaniown with negotiating a running [Warm Mineral Springs] and not mous vote, the Counshort-term agreement the way that a majority of the parties ty Commission's letter to keep the resort involved want to run it. asks the North Port open past the June 30 board to consider apJoe Barbetta Commissioner termination of the curproving the interlocal Sarasota County rent lease. agreement County At-

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