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Updated: 01/31/2014 04:26:04PM

Open our springs, protesters demand

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SUN PHOTO BY SCOTT LOCKWOOD
Local opera singer Ksawery Rolak, center, leads protesters in a singing of "God Bless America" during Tuesday's event near the Warm Mineral Springs Motel on Tamiami Trail in North Port. Protest organizer Eric Kotte is pictured holding the megaphone.

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Protestors show off their signs Tuesday, hoping for support to reopen the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa.

SUN PHOTO BY SCOTT LOCKWOOD
More than 400 protesters gathered near the Warm Mineral Springs Motel Tuesday to voice their displeasure about the shuttering of the Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa, which has been closed since June 30.

SUN PHOTO BY SCOTT LOCKWOOD
Tuesday's Springs protest featured people of all ages from all over the county — and even a four-legged supporter, thanks to North Port resident Melanie Bohdanowicz, who brought her small dog along for the event.

By SCOTT LOCKWOOD

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A crowd of nearly 400 protesters carried signs, waved flags and even sang songs Tuesday afternoon in an effort to spread a clear — and in some cases very loud — message to Sarasota County and North Port commissioners: We want our Springs open now.

The protest on Tamiami Trail near the Warm Mineral Springs Motel featured people of all ages from as far away as Canada, angry about the closure of the 81-acre Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa, which was closed June 30 by its co-owners, the city and the county, after the two governments could not secure a short-term operator for the property.

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