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Sarasota News Leader September 6, 2013 Page 46 Grandstand are expected to generate $217,000. THEY SAID IT Add to that the income from reserved seats of $644,250 and general admission ticket sales of Sarasota County's Communications Department staff gathered a number of quotes from $114,500. the delegation members after the Sept. 2 anAmong the expenses, local transportation nouncement in South Korea. Among them utilizing up to 34 buses is anticipated to cost were the following: $654,500. • "Sarasota County and the Gulf Coast region The opening ceremony expense is expected have a long tradition of providing some of to be $74,350 for 2,000 to 3,000 guests (with the best venues for amateur and professionnon-alcoholic drinks, the budget notes). al athletes to train and compete in. We are The FISA estimate for the cost of interpretproud to have been chosen to host such a ers is $23,277.47, with the expense of "translahigh-profile international event and look tion equipment rental" pegged at $6,000 (four forward to showing the world why we are rental booths with 300 headsets, the line item one of the premiere destinations for athsays). letes from around the globe." — Joe Barbetta, Sarasota County Commissioner The bottled water cost in the budget is $10,000 (100 cases for five days or "alternate-refill sta- • "USRowing would like to recognize and tions for environmental sustainability if acthank the State of Florida, Sarasota and ceptable," the line item notes). Manatee Counties and the cities of Bradenton and Sarasota for their support of Among the biggest expenses, though, are this project and the impact it will have on those for the new facilities — among them, the following: the growth of rowing. I also would like to personally recognize Randy Benderson and • Start area structures, including a tower and Benderson Development for their innovaintermediate timing huts: $27,600. tive vision that has created a truly unique • Finish area, including a tower and a public American rowing venue." — Glenn Merry, address system: $101,825.62. USRowing chief executive officer. • Technology, including a scoreboard, tele- • "It's great to see the World Rowing Champhone lines, walkie-talkies and an intercom pionships returning to U.S. soil for the first system: $337,828.95. time in 25 years. I am even more excited that it will be taking place in my home • Boats and fuel: $128,340. state of Florida. Regardless of where my • Boathouse, with team facilities and serrowing career takes me, I am sure to be vices: $309,520. in attendance in Sarasota in 2017." — Stephen Young, Tampa native, 2013 U.S. na• Television production: $977,845.63. The bigtional rowing team member and world gest portion of this expense — $808,245.63 — is estimated for broadcasting the events. champion. %

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