Warm Mineral Springs
Location:
    Situated approximately halfway between Ft. Myers and Sarasota. Take Exit 34 on I-75 to U.S. 41, then left for 3 miles on San Servando Ave.

Description:
    It is the second biggest warm water spring in the western hemisphere. Over 9 million gallons of warm minerals issue from the springs a day! Early native Americans revered the site as a special place. In 1973 divers uncovered the remains of a nearly preserved 10,000 year old man at a depth of 155 feet, making Warm Mineral springs one of the most important archaeological sites in the country. The Florida State University archaeological diving expeditions have found remains in remarkable condition due to the low oxygen content of the water. This site is now a commercial bathing spa advertised as a relief for conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism and skin disorders. Apparently people think the minerals, consisting of high amounts of minerals including chloride, sodium, sulphate, magnesium, potassium, bicarbonate, and calcium , give "fountain of youth" qualities. Those that drink the water quickly find that the minerals also work as a swift laxative. SCUBA diving is not permitted at this site. Swimmers must stay within the shallow area the is roped off. General admission is about $10. The web site for Warm Mineral Springs can be found here. There is a group trying to end the commercial exploitation of natural resources such as Warm Mineral Springs. Their web site can be found here.

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Click here for Warm Mineral Spring and Salt Sink Spring location map
Click here for a text from the cavers archive about a little history of the sites


 












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