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���AN ENORMOUS MAGNET��� Dredge spoils from the lake are being used to create Regatta Island at Nathan Benderson Park. Photo by Norman Schimmel THE COUNTY COMMISSION FORMALLY APPROVES A FUNDING TRANSFER TO FACILITATE THE EFFORT TO LAND THE 2017 WORLD ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Although they voted unanimously on Feb. Virginia Haley, president of Visit Sarasota 12 to approve the effort, the Sarasota Coun- County, pointed out in a brief presentation during the commisty commissioners this sion���s Feb. 27 regular week added another Frequently in south county, you meeting that her board unanimous vote for the expenditure of get folks who are skeptical of stuff that���s as well as the Sarasota funds needed to help a happening in north county, but not with County and Manatee regional nonprofit pur- this. They are as excited in North Port as County Tourist Develsue a bid for the 2017 they are in Sarasota about the opment councils and the Manatee County World Rowing Cham- possibilities of this ���. Commission all were pionships at Nathan Christine Robinson Commissioner supportive of the iniBenderson Park off Sarasota County tiative. University Parkway.

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