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OPENING SOON City of North Port and county officials hope to announce next week when Warm Mineral Springs will reopen. Image courtesy City of North Port WITH THE SHORT-TERM OPERATOR'S BACKGROUND CHECKS ALL CLEAR, THE COUNTY AND THE CITY OF NORTH PORT ARE WORKING TO GET WARM MINERAL SPRINGS READY AGAIN FOR VISITORS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Staff members with the City of North Port and Sarasota County had planned to make an announcement this week about the reopening of Warm Mineral Springs. The torrential rains — and the necessity of dealing with repercussions from all that water — have delayed the news until early next week, county spokesman Curt Preisser said in a brief interview with The Sarasota News Leader on Sept. 26. Still, on the positive side, North Port City Manager Jonathan Lewis reported on Sept. 20 to his board and the County Commission that the criminal background checks and the requested Dun & Bradstreet report on the principals of WMS Sarasota Management have cleared the firm to take over the short-term operation of the resort. The national criminal background checks on Dr. Grigory Pogrebinsky and Joseph Zacca"We're hoping to have a date for [the reopen- ri "reflected 'No reportable records found,'" ing] real soon," North Port Assistant City Lewis wrote. "The D&B reports did not reflect Manager Danny Schult told the News Leader any business discrepancies that should raise on Sept. 25. any concerns," he added in a memo.

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