• County approves $20M for indoor sports complex at Benderson Park | East County
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    County approves $20M for indoor sports complex at Benderson Park | East County

    With four major rowing or paddling events on the horizon, Nathan Benderson Park Conservancy CEO and President Stephen Rodriguez said he is excited business is returning to normal at the park in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. But as the Sarasota County Commission went into session May 10, it was anything but business as usual for the park. Commissioners voted 5-0 to commit $20 million in tourist tax money toward a new boathouse and indoor sports event center. The event center would be 100,000 square feet and would be the second floor of the boathouse. Nicole Rissler, the director of parks, recreation and natural resources for Sarasota County, made…

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