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George Mullen Activity Center amended hours

George Mullen Activity Center amended hours

North Port, Florida -- To accommodate summer activities, the George Mullen Activity Center will amend its summer hours starting Monday, June 10. 

The revised hours of operation will be Monday through Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. These new hours will be effective through August 16. 

 

Sarasota to receive $5m to promote rowing

Sarasota to receive $5m to promote rowing

Sarasota, Florida- Senate and House legislators approve $5 million to help promote rowing in Sarasota. The state funding will be used for the Nathan Benderson Rowing Park facility.

Sarasota and Manatee counties are finalizing a bid to host the 2017 World Rowing Championships at the Benderson facility. The Federated International Sports Association is expected to announce the winning location in September.

The Resort at Longboat Key Club earns industry recognition

The Resort at Longboat Key Club earns industry recognition

Longboat Key, Florida - The Resort at Longboat Key hits an ace. It's been recognized as one of the top 25 tennis resorts in the world and named a 2013 Gold Medal Tennis Resort by Tennis Resorts Online.

The ranking includes reviews about both on court and off-court amenities, including lodging, dining, and professional and youth tennis programs.

The announcement comes on the heels of the finals of the 2013 Sarasota Open Men's USTA Challenger tournament hosted by the Longboat Key Club.

Payne Park Tennis Center offers low summer rates

Payne Park Tennis Center offers low summer rates

Sarasota, Florida -- Sarasota County Parks and Recreation has announced a new summer low rate membership at Payne Park Tennis Center beginning May 1.

Florida Interantional Triathlon

Florida Interantional Triathlon

Sarasota, Florida -- Water Monkey is teaming up with Sarasota’s Florida International Triathlon for a fun weekend of running, swimming, biking and stand up paddle boarding. The 2nd annual Water Monkey Challenge stand up paddle board race is the newest addition to the FIT weekend. The stand up paddle board competition, 5K and triathlon will be held at Sarasota’s new Benderson Park Aquatic Center on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, 2013.

County helps float boat races

County helps float boat races

Sarasota, Florida - The Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix will return to Sarasota this summer, thanks to a boost from the Sarasota County Commission.

The commission approved additional financial support for the event, upping the county's funding to more than $79,000.

The charity, which has operated the high-speed boat races for 28 years, had gone to the commission with a story of money problems. Group leaders say a lack of donations from the business community and individuals had put the future of the event in jeopardy.

Sarasota half marathon results

Sarasota half marathon results

Sarasota, Florida -- More than 3,600 runners and walkers took part in the 8th Annual First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay, a 20 percent increase over last year’s record numbers.

On March 18,  Evan Dehart, age 27, took a commanding lead from the start, winning the men’s title in 1:10:24, 42 seconds shy of last year’s course record. Sara Petrick, age 26, took the women’s title in a record 1:19:34, besting her previous course record in 2012 of 1:20:00.