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Sarasota News Leader September 27, 2013 Page 71 ers who already live in the area. Still, she not- for the most expert of riders," eliciting chucked, "We actually think [training] will be a huge les from TDC members. economic driver." After asking for a recapitulation of how the funding would be derived from TDT revenue TDC member Norman Schimmel said he felt for the project — a process Patterson exthat because the Chula Vista facility is open by plained earlier with the help of Virginia Haley, invitation only, the potential for revenue from president of Visit Sarasota County — Swain BMX athletes training at the Sarasota track made his motion. "I have got confidence in "will be enormous." what you do and bring to us," he told Patterson. Patterson pointed out, "In all fairness, this is "I vetted it personally with our county attoralso an asset for the community." neys as well," Patterson responded. Rissler told the TDC members that 20 to 25 percent of the local riders who use the track "It's also interesting that we're investing in ourselves," Swain said. on a regular basis are from South County. "That was really impressive to see [in Saraso- Given the past history of events at the Sarasota track, Brown said, and the inclusion of BMX ta BMX data]." in the Olympics, "it's certainly viewed that, in Patterson added, "I will come back and haunt the future, this [sport] will just explode and you guys if this thing ends up closed and only become more and more popular." % Manuel R. Chepote, LUTCF Chepote Insurance Inc. 1300 Main Street • Sarasota, Florida (941) 366-0100 Serving Sarasota & Manatee Counties Auto • Home • Life Renters • Motorcycles Flood • Business • Annuities Financial Services Click for driving directions

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