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MAJOR FUNDRAISING AHEAD Improvements reportedly are ahead of schedule at Benderson Park. Photo by Norman Schimmel THE PRIVATE GROUP ESTABLISHED TO MANAGE EVENTS AT NATHAN BENDERSON PARK SOON WILL LAUNCH A DRIVE TO PAY FOR EQUIPMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE AT THE ROWING VENUE By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor The discussion was supposed to be about a number of vessels needed during rowing launches used to ferry referees and safe- competitions at Nathan Benderson Park off ty teams at rowing competitions. Instead, it University Parkway. ended up being about A staff memo prepared the launch of a major for the commission's fundraising drive. I don't want to add some 'Grinch- regular meeting on A few weeks ago, Sara- iness' to this, but the bottom line is … May 7 says, "Typically, sota County Commisobviously we're hoping for large corporate eight referee vessels, sioner Joe Barbetta sponsors … six safety boats and requested staff schedtwo workboats are ule a board discussion Nora Patterson Commissioner desirable. Presently, about whether the Sarasota County the course is operatcounty could purchase

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