Sarasota News Leader

01/24/2014

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ROWING FORWARD Rowers compete in a race during the USRowing Masters National Championships at Benderson Park in August 2013. File photo LONG-TERM ROWING PARK BUSINESS PLAN UNVEILED AT TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL MEETING By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor Pressed hard last month by the Sarasota Development and the president of Suncoast County Commission to deliver a detailed busi- Aquatics Nature Center Associates (SANCA), ness plan for the rowing facility at Nathan the nonprofit charged with raising money for Benderson Park, the head of the nonprofit and overseeing the park. He addressed the created to manage the venue unveiled some Tourist Development Council Wednesday of those numbers evening, Jan. 22, specifically to garner this week, offering an optimistic look at Public-private partnerships can be feedback before prethe park's long-term very dicey. There's a perception that senting the Suncoast finances. there's no scrutiny put to them, that Aquatics plan to the they're a form of welfare. County Commission Doing the unveiling next week. Chaired by was Paul Blackketter, Paul Caragiulo Commissioner County Commissioner executive director City of Sarasota Nora Patterson, the for planning And Tourist Development Council Member Tourist Development with Benderson

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