MANATEE -- Gov. Rick Scott is slated to visit Sarasota's Nathan Benderson Park on Thursday as it hosts its first national rowing championship event.
The governor is scheduled to arrive at 8:30 a.m. as athletes competing in the USRowing Masters National Championships begin racing, according to emails from the Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Competitive racing is set for Thursday through Sunday, with the park at the intersection of Interstate 75 and University Parkway expecting about 6,000 athletes, officials and coaches and spectators.
The governor will be welcomed by a local delegation at at hospitality tent on Regatta Island at the 600-acre park, the emails said.
A local public-private partnership, including Manatee and Sarasota counties, has submitted a formal bid to hold the 2017 World Rowing Championship at the park.
A decision will be made Sept. 2 in Chungju, S. Korea.