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FLORIDA PLANNERS AND OBAMA, TOO Landscaping improvements were visible this spring at Benderson Park. Photo by Norman Schimmel THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES ENDORSES BENDERSON PARK'S BID FOR THE WORLD ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS AS THE FACILITY WINS STATE ACCOLADES Staff Reports President Barack Obama has signed a letter supporting Sarasota County's bid to host the 2017 World Rowing Championships at Nathan Benderson Park. the letter. "Sarasota County would be thrilled to share its beautiful and expansive beaches with the athletes, and would provide a wonderful, unique experience for each of the The letter will be part of the bid package Sara- 42,000 attendees." sota County officials will present this week- "Receiving the support of the President of the end to the Fédération Internationale des SoUnited States for this project provides a huge ciétés d'Aviron (in English, the International boost to our goal of establishing Sarasota Federation of Rowing Associations, or FISA), County as destination for world class rowing the county has announced. events," said Sarasota County Administrator The presentation will take place in Switzerland. Randall Reid in a news release. "We appreci"I am pleased to voice my support for Saraso- ate the President's support as well as that of ta County's bid to host the 2017 World Rowing all the people who have worked tirelessly on Championships," wrote President Obama in this project."

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