Popular springs closed while city completes purchase

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Posted: Monday, September 1, 2014 9:23 am

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Warm Mineral Springs is closed once again. But according to city leaders, it won't be for long.

North Port city commissioners have voted to continue with buying Sarasota County's half of the landmark. But the process went past Sunday's deadline, resulting in the spring’s closure.

The city is sending back the real estate contract to the county with a few minor tweaks. An environmental report also came back finding no real concerns.

North Port Mayor Jim Blucher says he doesn't think the attraction will remain closed for long. "I think we can be open in two weeks. I feel pretty confident about that. Whatever we do, let’s make sure, even if it costs us another day of the springs being closed, that we do it right and we don't have to do it again."

County leaders have said they are willing to sell their half for $2.75 million. That was the county's share back in 2010.

Since then, the two sides disagreed on how to develop the area in the future.

This deal would give the city full control.

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