TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Today, Governor Rick Scott made the following statement regarding news that Sarasota and Manatee counties will host the World Rowing Championships in 2017:
Governor Scott said, "It is great news to hear that the Sunshine State was selected to host the World Rowing Championships in 2017. With 100,000 tourists expected to visit, nearly 1,500 rowers from across the globe coming to compete and millions in economic impact to Florida, this event will create many opportunities for our families and job creators."
Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, Inc. is so confident in the economic growth opportunities of the Sarasota Rowing Center that they made a commitment to return state tax dollars we invested in this facility if it failed to generate in excess of $25 million in state sales tax between July 1, 2013 and December 30, 2018.
"Because of the policies we put in place over the last two years, we were able to make strategic investments in Florida like the Nathan Benderson Park, which will be the site of the 2017 World Rowing Championships. Florida is undoubtedly the best state in the nation for sports and we are glad Florida was selected to host the largest rowing event in the world."