Saturday, April 24, 2010

Here's a big idea at work






Organizers and a legion of volunteers are working to make the 400-acre lake at the heart of Nathan Benderson Park the national and world center of rowing.

Sounds like a tall order, but they just may do it.

The Florida Scholastic Rowing Association championships, underway today and tomorrow, have attracted thousands of fans and athletes. We hear hotels for miles around are full.

If you get a chance, drive over and take a look. There are more than 40 schools and clubs represented. This is a big, new idea for our community which is already having an important economic impact.

The facility is located near the southwest intersection of I-75 and University Parkway, where the SuperTarget and BestBuy are located.

Among spectators today was Bruce Smith, executive director of a boating club in Boston. "It's the most exciting rowing project in the United States right now," Smith said of the local event.

Take a look at some of the photos from today.

Jim

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