Manatee, Sarasota officials brace for 2017 rowing championship bid

Local delegates chat live from South Korea, where they await a decision

jbartolone@bradenton.comAugust 31, 2013 

Paul Blackketter and the Manatee-Sarasota contingent talk to the Bradenton Herald live from Chungju, South Korea as they await the decision on who will host the 2017 World Rowing Championships.


As the Sarasota-Bradenton area awaits word on whether it will be awarded the 2017 World Rowing Championships, the Bradenton Herald caught up with the local delegates who are visiting this year's championships in Chungju, South Korea.

View the attached video to hear what the Manatee and Sarasota county representatives have been up to during the international rowing event and what they think of the area's chances for the decision that will be announced Sept. 2.

Joining the Herald live via Skype are Benderson Development's Paul Blackketter, who heads up Suncoast Aquatic and Nature Center Associates; Sarasota County Commissioner Joe Barbetta; Virginia Haley, president of Visit Sarasota County; Elliott Falcione, executive director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau; and Randall Reid, Sarasota County administrator.

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