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STILL CLOSED FOR NOW Warm Mineral Springs has drawn tourists from all over the world who tout the healing powers of its water. Photo by Rachel Levey-Baker THE COUNTY COMMISSION AND THE NORTH PORT CITY COMMISSION WILL PROCEED WITH SEEKING A LONG-TERM PROPOSAL FOR THE FUTURE OF WARM MINERAL SPRINGS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Sarasota County Commission Vice Chairman Charles Hines wanted to make it very clear to the audience — including the nine people who spoke on the topic during the public comments portion of the board's Dec. 10 meeting: Even if things go smoothly from this point, "The reality is February, maybe," for the reopening of Warm Mineral Springs. "Let's put that out there," Hines said after almost 40 minutes of his board's discussion about the latest proposal from the North Port City Commission. On a 4-1 vote — with County Commissioner Joe Barbetta in the minority — the County Commission agreed to send a letter to the North Port Commission saying the latter should proceed with a competitive solicitation process to seek a long-term operator I want to give it another try with an of the 81-acre resort. end in sight to the short-term agreement. A d d i t i o n a l l y, t h e County Commission Carolyn Mason Chairwoman agreed to North Port's Sarasota County Commission proposal to work on

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