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Sarasota News Leader July 12, 2013 Page 46 Earlier that day, Jennifer Graham, former assistant general manager of Warm Mineral Springs, appealed to the board to go ahead and reopen the resort to swimmers. It would take only a small staff to handle that, Graham said, and the expense could be covered by ticket revenue. I wouldn't be People do not go to the Springs for the spa or the café, she pointed out. "They go for the water." Just a day earlier, the County Commission voted unanimously to authorize County Administrator Randall Reid to work with the staff of the City of North Port — which co-owns Warm Mineral Springs with the county — to pursue a third-party, independent assessment of the replacing an entire state of the facilities at roof or doing mold [remediation] without the resort "as quickly coming back to the board. … I'm smarter as possible," according to an amendment than that. offered by CommisRandall Reid sioner Joe Barbetta. Administrator Sarasota County The city would take Graham added, "I urge the lead on getting you to address the situation today and vote on it." quotes, Reid indicated, because its pro- The main structures at Warm Mineral Springs are connected by an open arbor system. Photo courtesy City of North Port

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