- Associated Press - Sunday, April 13, 2014

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) - Southwest Florida’s Warm Mineral Springs have reopened to the public.

The attraction closed last summer after the concessions contractor’s lease expired. Sarasota County and the city of North Port agreed to temporarily open the springs for bathing and swimming.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune (http://bit.ly/Rg0N07 ) reports that the county hopes to develop the springs as a resort to attract more tourists, taxes and jobs. However, many city commissioners want to preserve the springs as an archaeological site and public park.

National and State Park Concessions Inc. will operate the springs as a swimming facility until September.


Information from: Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune, http://www.heraldtribune.com