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Updated: 08/28/2014 06:22:01PM

City to discuss Springs purchase Friday

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By DREW WINCHESTER

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NORTH PORT — City commissioners will hold a special meeting today at 1 p.m. Friday to determine whether they should accept Sarasota County’s offer to sell its half of Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa to the city by Sept. 2.

Doing so would likely mean the natural attraction would close for a very short period of time, possibly just Labor Day, while the city ponied up the $2.75 million, plus closing costs, for full ownership of the 81-acre property. But North Port Mayor Jim Blucher said he’s not sure the commission will accept the county’s offer, because the county declined the city’s requests for a due-diligence period during the county’s meeting on Tuesday. The two governments jointly purchased the Springs, which boasts an 87-degree, mineral-rich lake popular with Eastern European bathers, for $5.5 million in 2010. County commissioners said the city has had since July 9, when they voted to sell their half of the property, to come up with the terms of the sale, and have since been dragging their feet. But even though he voted against the purchase, Blucher thinks it’s unfair to buy out the county without first having the chance to vet the property’s needs. “We want to go through a regular closing like we always do when we buy property, or like the county does when they buy property,” Blucher said Thursday.

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