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MORE THAN CARETAKING Lawn chairs have been secured at Warm Mineral Springs until the resort reopens. Photo courtesy City of North Port WITH THE COUNTY CALL CENTER FIELDING LOTS OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF WARM MINERAL SPRINGS, COUNTY AND CITY STAFF MEMBERS ARE AT WORK ON DETAILS THAT NEED TO BE HANDLED BEFORE A SHORT-TERM MANAGER IS HIRED By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Although a $4,500 fence was not expected to be erected around the swimming area of Warm Mineral Springs until July 5, so far, no problems have been reported on the property, Sarasota County spokesman Curt Preisser told The Sarasota News Leader this week. "We're working as quickly as we can [to get the fence up]," he added on July 2. The cost of that fence, by the way, will be split evenly between the county and the City of North Port, Preisser pointed out, per a Mem- orandum of Understanding between the two local government bodies. In the meantime, a few tourists have shown up, unaware that the 81-acre resort closed temporarily, effective at 5 p.m. June 30. Around-the-clock security guards who have been patrolling the grounds since that afternoon told the visitors Warm Mineral Springs is expected to open again by late summer or early fall — probably September, Preisser noted.

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