SARASOTA -- Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, issued the following statement on Sarasota-Manatees selection to stagethe 2017 World Rowing Championship: In a few years the rest of the world will know what we already know: there is no place like Southwest Florida.
"Because of the commitment and daring of countless community leaders, the largest rowing event in the world will take place in our own backyard.
"I'd also like to thank President Barack Obama for his support.
"For 10 days, the competition will attract millions of viewers and generate millions of dollars for not only our local economy but for businesses across the state. Once again we have proven that when pulling together, nothing can stop us.