It survived a flood and now the close passage of a hurricane. The World Rowing Championships is still happening just 9 days from now.
A statement on 9/13/2017 from the local organizing committee on Hurricane Irma said:
“First and foremost, we would like to thank the Sarasota County Emergency Management Department and all of the local and state officials for their preparation, communication, and mobilization efforts in keeping the community safe. The Local Organizing Committee is determining appropriate resources to support not only the event but also the local community.
The Sarasota/Bradenton area did not come under the direct impact of the hurricane as predicted thus, luckily, damage is limited. Tampa and Sarasota airports are operational, our hotels, caterers and transport partners are confirmed and, effective today, Tuesday, September 12, county officials have granted the Local Organizing Committee access to continue operations at Nathan Benderson Park. As a result of months of planning and forecasting for potential storm delays, venue buildout is on schedule and we will be ready to host the world’s best rowers in Sarasota-Bradenton next week. The Manager of Athlete Services is in communication with Team Managers from each team and confirming arrival schedules.
The full schedule of the 2017 World Rowing Championships will begin with a free public event, the Opening Ceremony, on Saturday, September 23 with racing starting on Sunday, 24th September through to the final day of competition, Sunday, October 1.“
For the first time in over twenty years the World Rowing Championships will return to the United States of America at the newly developed Nathan Benderson Park.
Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida is excited to host the 2017 World Rowing Championships. From rowing enthusiasts of all ages to volunteers of all kinds the Sarasota-Bradenton community is ready to Welcome the World.
For more information, http://wrch2017.com/