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Port commissioners] with the expectation that there's no pressure on them for a long- term vendor." Robinson disagreed, adding that she had been watching recent North Port City Commission meetings, during which the board mem- bers had acknowledged "numerous times" the need to complete the long-term solicita- tion process. Chairman Charles Hines said the short-term contract "is the leverage that puts North Port on notice to either get this done or [the Springs] closes again, and all the pressure falls on them for allowing that to happen." "I hope it all works out," Barbetta said. "I do, too," Hines responded. AT THE COUNTY COMMISSION DAIS During the County Commission workshop on March 25, Brown explained that North Port received five bids during its solicitation for a short-term operator of the swimming area at Warm Mineral Springs. Two were deemed responsive and responsible, she noted. According to a document provided by the City of North Port Purchasing Department, a responsible bidder is one "that has the capac- ity and capability to perform the work …" The North Port City Commission had voted unanimously the previous evening to approve the agreement with National and State Parks Concessions, Brown added. Members of the North Port City Commission are (from left) Vice Mayor Rhonda DiFranco, Mayor James Bucher and Commissioners Linda Yates, Cheryl Cook and Tom Jones. Image courtesy City of North Port I will continue to move forward with the minimum amount of development that we can. Rhonda DiFranco Vice Mayor City of North Port Sarasota News Leader March 28, 2014 Page 49

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