Sarasota News Leader

08/23/2013

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THE BEAUTY OF BENDERSON PARK FROM ITS WAVING BANNERS TO ITS WELL-GROOMED REGATTA ISLAND, BENDERSON PARK BECKONS ROWERS Staff Reports From Aug. 15-18, Nathan Benderson Park welcomed thousands of participants and spectators to the 2013 USRowing Masters National Championships. The Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates (SANCA) — which manages regattas at the park — and USRowing hosted the event, which offered competition in more than 200 categories. All photos by Norman Schimmel. The official program's welcome from Glenn Merry, CEO of USRowing, noted, "This worldclass rowing venue is among the most exciting developments in our sport in the United States …" The $40 million already committed to the facility — $19.5 million of which is from Sarasota County — has paid for the excavation of a 2,000-meter course, the development of a

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