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THE FIRST OFFICIAL STEP Members of the Tourist Development Council discuss projects during their meeting on Jan. 17 in the county's 'Think Tank' in downtown Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel THE SARASOTA COUNTY TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL VOTES TO RECOMMEND THE COUNTY SPEND $1.178 MILLION FOR A WORLD ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS BID By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor On a unanimous vote, the Sarasota County Tourist Development Council recommended the County Commission spend $1.178 million for Nathan Benderson Park's bid to host the 2017 World Rowing Championships. That Manatee advisory board will be meeting in a couple of weeks, Haley added. For the current fiscal year, Haley said, $245,000 will be needed to cover costs associated with the bid; the funds would come out of tourist Manatee County's Tourist Development Coun- promotion reserves totaling $1,020,000. The cil will be asked to put $1.178 million would in the same amount, be paid over five years, Virginia Haley, presiThe impression that we get is that she added, if Benderdent of Visit Sarasota son Park wins the bid. this is basically ours to lose. County, told the TDC Paul Blackketter, exmembers during their Paul Blackketter Executive Director for Planning ecutive director of Jan. 17 meeting in Benderson Development Co. planning for BenderSarasota.

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