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Sarasota News Leader June 7, 2013 torney Stephen DeMarsh and his staff prepared subsequent to a joint meeting of the two boards on April 17 regarding the future of the springs. At the end of that facilitated session, the commissions agreed on the idea of a shortterm lease followed by a process similar to an Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) for proposals on the long-term management of the resort. However, if the North Port Commission does not accept that interlocal agreement when it votes on the document during a June 10 meeting, county commissioners indicated they felt Page 19 the next step in the legal process outlined in the state's Conflict Resolution Statute — mediation among the county administrator, city manager and the attorneys for both boards — would be a waste of time. "There are three commissioners who are hellbent on running [Warm Mineral Springs] and not the way that a majority of the parties involved want to run it," County Commissioner Joe Barbetta said during his board's regular meeting in Venice on June 4. An aerial map shows the location of Warm Mineral Springs. Image courtesy Sarasota County

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