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Updated: 07/15/2014 02:06:22PM

City: Let’s buy Springs

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Visiting family from New York, Danielle Faynberg, 9, looks toward shore as she floats on a raft in Warm Mineral Springs in April.

By IAN ROSS

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NORTH PORT — City commissioners voted Monday to move forward in buying out Sarasota County’s share in Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa, bringing them closer to acquiring full ownership of the embattled 81-acre property.

Though many commenters in the meeting expressed concerns the purchase would delay much-anticipated projects like the Atwater Community Park splash pad, City Manager Jonathan Lewis said funding for the purchase and needed renovations and improvements to the Springs’ buildings could come from other funding sources, including Surtaxes II and III, escheated — or delinquent — lots, and park impact fees.

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