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About eightandahalf months after it closed, Warm Mineral Springs will reopen at 9 a.m. on April 12, but for swimming only, Sarasota County has announced. National and State Parks Concessions Inc., which won a shortterm bid from the county and the City of North Port, "will oversee oper ations at Florida's only naturally formed warm mineral spring," a county news release says. Warm Mineral Springs will remain open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the end of August, according to terms of the bid. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn or beach chairs, the news release notes. Entry prices follow: • Adults 18 and older — $15 per resident; $20 per nonresident. • Students ages 6 to 17 — $11.25 per resident; $15 per nonresident. • Children ages 5 and under — $7.50 per res ident; $10 per nonresident. • Tenday passes (days do not have to be consecutive) — adult residents, $112.50; nonresidents, $170. • Monthly pass — $150 for adult residents; $200 for nonresidents. Spa services will not be available during this period, the news release points out. Additionally, previously issued 10day passes are no longer valid, the release adds. The public once again will be welcome at Warm Mineral Springs, starting Saturday, April 12. Photo courtesy Sarasota County WARM MINERAL SPRINGS TO REOPEN AT 9 A.M. ON APRIL 12 NEWS BRIEFS

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