NORTH PORT — Trappers removed a pair of alligators Sunday from the city’s Warm Mineral Springs Park, a spokesperson said.
Visitors spotted a mid-sized alligator just after the 9 a.m. opening. Park administrators closed the grounds and contacted Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, which dispatched a contracted trapper.
Another alligator in that three-hour period was removed. Both animals were under 4 feet long, which meant relocation, Josh Taylor said, adding that Warm Mineral Springs was closed for an alligator in early 2020, he said. The park re-opened around noon on Sunday.
A medium-sized alligator also closed down the park for a while in August 2019. And in 2014, trappers caught a 4-foot, 7-inch alligator just as the park was getting ready to reopen to the public after being closed that summer.
Warm Mineral Springs dates to the 1950s and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. There is evidence of Florida natives living near the site up to 12,000 years ago. Its buildings celebrated Florida’s quadricentennial and were designed by architect Jack West with the Sarasota School of Architecture.
The park’s mineral waters are a tourist attraction and pre-COVID-19 annually generated more than $1 million. North Port is discussing nearly $25 million in park upgrades. First-phase finances are under review in a June 4 city commission workshop. The public is invited. The commission chamber is at 4790 City Hall Blvd.