Swimmers to return to Warm Mineral Springs this weekend

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NORTH PORT, Fla. -- More than 9 months after closing due to municipal inaction, swimmers will be able to once again take a dip in the waters of Warm Mineral Springs.

The spring will re-open for swimming for at 9am on Saturday.

Last month, the City of North Port and Sarasota County hired National and State Parks Concessions, Inc., to operate the natural spring and its facilities for swimming and bathing while the two governing agencies continue to work on a long-term solution for the Springs' continued operations.

The spring will be open every day from 9am to 5pm.

Day Pass for adults will be $20 (Sarasota County residents: $15); students age 6 through 17 will pay $15 (residents: $11.25); and children age 5 and below will pay $10 (residents: $7.50).

Ten day passes will cost $170 for an adult (residents: $112.50).

No 10-day passes will be sold after August 22, 2014 and no monthly passes will be sold after July 31, 2014. Tickets are not refundable. Same day re-entry shall be permitted.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs due to limited seating. Only swimming will take place at the Springs. There will not be any ancillary services, such as a restaurant, spa services, nail salon, or gift shop.