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ON THE LINE FOR FUNDS Rowing teams prepare to compete at Benderson Park in mid-March, with construction materials as their backdrop. Photo by Norman Schimmel THE INTERNATIONAL ROWING FEDERATION WANTS SARASOTA AND MANATEE COUNTIES TO GUARANTEE THEY WILL COVER ANY SHORTFALL IF BENDERSON PARK LANDS THE 2017 WORLD ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS AND REVENUE DOES NOT COVER EXPENSES By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor After Chairwoman Nora Patterson said she cover half of any shortfall — up to a total estiwas caught by surprise with the request just mate of about $6 million — if Benderson Park as they were, the members of the Sarasota hosts the 2017 event and the resulting revenue County Tourist Development Council finally does not pay for all the expenses. agreed unanimously on May 16 to go along The County Commission is scheduled to vote with a new element of Nathan Benderson on the request the first week of June, VirginPark's bid to host the ia Haley, president of 2017 World Rowing the county's tourism Championships. I was somewhat surprised at this office, Visit SarasoThey recommended myself, but I think it will work out OK. that the County ComNora Patterson Commissioner mission sign a letter Sarasota County guaranteeing it would ta County, told the TDC during its regular meeting last week in Sarasota.

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