Monday, August 22, 2016

West Villages meeting tomorrow

Just a reminder that the monthly district meeting will be held tomorrow at 11am at the Englewood Sports Complex. The primary topic is financials for the upcoming fiscal year.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Take a dip in Warm Mineral Springs during the evening this summer

From City of North Port News
Post Date:06/28/2016 3:06 PM

The City of North Port is offering evening swimming opportunities at Warm Mineral Springs this summer.

On June 1, the City of North Port began opening up the doors to Warm Mineral Springs from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The evening swimming hours will extend through August 31, 2016.

For a fee, residents and visitors can swim in the waters. Adults age 18 and above can swim for $8 for nonresident and $6 for a resident; children ages 6 to 17 can swim for $5; children ages 2-5 can swim for $2; and children under the age of 2 can swim for free.

Warm Mineral Springs, located at 12200 San Servando Avenue, is a natural spring that maintains an estimated 87 degrees year round and contains an estimated 51 different minerals. The destination is open to the public for swimming during the day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The facility includes a gift shop with sundry items and souvenirs. Regular programming and exercise classes also take place at the Springs.

For more information, call Warm Mineral Springs at (941) 429-1692.


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About Warm Mineral Springs

At a temperature of 87 degrees, Warm Mineral Springs contains 9 million gallons of fresh water which replenishes itself every two hours. This natural resource is comprised of 51 minerals, which is the highest mineral content of any natural spring in the United States.

The spring has been added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places partly because it is one of the most important underwater archeological sites in America. During exploratory dives in the 1950s, the remains of a prehistoric hunter and seven other humans were discovered in a very well preserved state. Similarly, evidence of several creatures have been extracted from the spring, including saber tooth tigers, giant sloths, tortoises, and even camels.

Today, with a goal of increased wellness for everyone, Warm Mineral Springs offers a natural experience to residents and visitors alike who want to soak in the warm waters..


From Interstate 75: Take River Road (Exit 191) south toward U.S. 41. Make a left on U.S. 41/Tamiami Trail. Make a left on Ortiz Boulevard. Warm Mineral Springs will be on the right.

From U.S. 41: Take U.S. 41/Tamiami Trail to North Port. Turn north on Ortiz Boulevard. Warm Mineral Springs will be on the right.


Entry pricing, including sales tax, are as follows:

Day Pass for adults age 18 and above will pay $20 (residents pay $15);
Students age 6 through 17 will pay $15 (residents pay $11.25);
Children age 5 and below will pay $10 (residents pay $7.50).
Ten day passes will cost $170 for an adult (residents pay $112.50).
Sarasota County residents qualify for the resident rate. Tickets are not refundable. Same day re-entry shall be permitted.

Annual passes also are available.

Non-resident may purchase an annual pass for $2,000;
Sarasota County residents may purchase an annual pass for $1,500;
North Port residents may purchase an annual pass for $1,125.
Evening Swims

From June 1, 2016 through August 31, 2016, the City of North Port will be offering evening swimming hours at Warm Mineral Springs. This is part of a pilot program.

Summer evening swim hours will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. from June 1 through August 31.

Prices are:

Adults 18 ages and older: $8 nonresident or $6 resident
Children ages 6 to 17: $5 resident and nonresident
Children ages 2 to 5: $2 resident and nonresident
Children under the age of 2: Free

Gift Shop

A gift shop is on site and offers sundry items and souvenirs.


Regular programing and exercise classes take place at Warm Mineral Springs daily. For details, call (941) 426-1692.

The Purchase

The City of North Port purchased Sarasota County’s interest in the Springs on Friday, September 26, 2014 for $2.75 million. This completes the sale of the 81-acre property to the City of North Port.

The Operations Details

The City of North Port has contracted with National and State Park Concessions, Warm Mineral Springs, Inc., to operate the natural spring and its facilities for swimming and bathing. The City of North Port will receive 100 percent of the funding obtained from admission sales. The management company will receive $48,280 each month to operate the Springs.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Articles today re. Roundabout at 41/Tamiami and IslandWalk/Gran Paradiso entrances in the West Villages

Today, the North Port Sun briefly mentioned the petition regarding traffic light and general traffic control at the entrances to IslandWalk at the West Villages and Gran Paradiso at the West Villages on US41/Tamiamia Trail.

If you have not yet signed the petition, please do.
Click here to open petition site in a new window

But, the Venice Gondolier Sun today featured a detailed, front page article in which they quote me, Marty Black, and Tanya King regarding the status and plans for the roundabout as well.

Ali H. Johnston, MHA, MBA in Real Estate
Realtor®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964
West Villages Realty LLC
Mobile: 941-460-3179