The Warm Mineral Springs in Sarasota county are said to be reopening soon.
The springs have been closed since July of last year. Sarasota County and the
City of North Port bought the springs for 5.5 million in 2010. They have not
been able to agree how to keep the springs open and profitable. According
to the Warm Mineral Spring’s website, they will be soliciting proposals for
management starting this month.
Local residents are eager to see the springs open again. 60 jobs and a
$700,000 per year payroll were lost when the springs closed. The impact on
the local economy is unknown. Visitors from around the world come to enjoy
the springs. It is the only warm water mineral spring in Florida and the largest
warm water mineral spring in the world.
Origins of the spring can be traced back over 30,000 years. It is believed the
spring formed as a result of an earthquake, causing a sinkhole. The surface
area is a massive 1.4 acre circumference and the center of the spring is 250
feet deep. Year round temperatures are a comfortable 87 degrees. The Florida
Aquifer tested samples of the water and discovered it may have taken 60,000
years to filter through the earth and to reach the surface. The primary source
of water is a vent 207 feet deep. This main vent discharges approximately
20,000,000 gallons (76,000,000 liters) of water per day.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, archaeologists have found
the remains of more than 20 Paleoindians. Some of these remains have been
radiocarbon dated back 12,000 years. Scientists are eager to conduct future
excavations, hoping to find more evidence of early man.
The springs originally opened as a spa in the 1960’s. Over the years, visitors
have gathered to enjoy the mineral rich water. Some claim the springs have
improved their health, while others just enjoy going for a swim.
If you would like further information about the Warm Mineral Springs, please
Warm Mineral Springs
12200 San Servando Ave.
North Port, Florida 34287
(941) 426- 1692