Sarasota News Leader

11/08/2013

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CLAWBACK CLAWBACK Tents dot the grounds of Benderson Park during the USRowing Masters National Championships in August. Photo by Rachel Hackney SARASOTA COUNTY AND THE NONPROFIT GROUP THAT MANAGES BENDERSON PARK WANT TO BLOCK A STATE MEASURE THAT COULD COST THE PARK STATE GRANT MONEY By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor Sarasota County and its partner in managing Nature Center Associates, the nonprofit the rowing facility at Nathan Benderson Park established to raise money for and manage hope to block a measure that would call for the park; and the state. The state has pushed grant money to be returned to the state if the for such a measure as part of the agreement facility does not meet covering the disbursecertain economic ment of the $5 million development goals. We ' l l c o n t i n u e t o w o r k approved for the rowcooperatively to allow for the use of the ing facility this year by The debate over the facility, but we certainly want to get an the Legislature. p o l i c y, c o m m o n l y agreement. known as a clawback Assistant County provision, is part of Administrator Mark Carolyn Brown Director ongoing negotiations Cunningham wrote Parks and Recreation among the county; in an email sent on Sarasota County SunCoast Aquatics Halloween that the

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