Sarasota County, Florida - Warm Mineral Springs re-opened this week, a few days ahead of schedule... and then closed on the first day after an 18-inch alligator decided to go for a swim.
The reptile has since been captured and while the gator scare is over, some worry about the spring's future.
Sarasota County Commissioners and North Port City Council Members agreed to temporarily open the springs for bathing and swimming through August 31.
Warm Mineral Springs closed July 1st last year after the concessions contractor's lease expired. National and State Park Concessions has now taken over temporarily.
"There's a lot of passion from the community for Warm Mineral Springs, that's why we're interested," says Jack Bobo, owner of National and State Park Concessions.
Meanwhile the county and city will decide on a long-term operator and the spring's future. During the next five months, services will be limited; no food or drinks will be sold, so pack your own and don't forget a chair; it too, won't be provided.
What hasn't changed? The largest warm mineral spring in the world remains at 87 degrees.