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Updated: 08/07/2017 05:18:09PM

Warm Mineral Springs continues to attract attention

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The dancing figures in Sophie Johnstone's sculpture greet visitors to Warm Mineral Springs.

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Visitors prepare to take a dip in Warm Mineral Springs in September following the North Port attraction's reopening.

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The Cyclorama at Warm Mineral Springs remains closed, the building has sat on the property since the 1960s. The entrance building of the Cyclorama is listed as a detox center.

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A relief of a Calusa Indian greets those passing the shuttered Cyclorama at Warm Mineral Springs.

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The site of the former restaurant at Warm Mineral Springs has become a first aid and lifeguard office.

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Swimmers take to the waters of Warm Mineral Springs at the start of the day.

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Warm Mineral Springs' 87-degree, mineral-rich lake.

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Bathers towels remain behind while they swim through the mineral rich waters of Warm Mineral Springs.

FILE PHOTO
The dancing figures in Sophie Johnstone's sculpture greet visitors to Warm Mineral Springs.

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Visitors prepare to take a dip in Warm Mineral Springs in September following the North Port attraction's reopening.

PHOTOS PROVIDED LAVONNE RADONOVICH
Steam rises over Warm Mineral Springs' faithful aquatic aerobics clients on a recent chilly morning in North Port, as they enjoy the warmth of the 86-degree, mineral-rich water as the temperatures surrounding them increase from 39 to 70 degrees mid-day. Come out and join aquatic aerobics classes at the Springs each morning at 8 a.m., as well as the free swim that begins at 9 a.m.

By ALEXANDRA HERRERA

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While you may never see a billboard in New York City saying “Visit Warm Mineral Springs,” that doesn’t mean the city of North Port isn’t getting the word out there.

The large sinkhole — which is one of the only hot springs in Florida where swimmers can enjoy a dip in mineral-rich 87 degree temperatures year-round — has been a destination in North Port since the 1940s.

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