- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—SARASOTA — A request to build signs along Interstate 75 designating Nathan Benderson Park passed through another hurdle Monday.

The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization approved sending a letter to the Florida Department of Transportation, showing its support of signing the park, which will host the 2017 World Rowing Championship. The request is to direct motorists to the park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, from I-75 at the Fruitville Road interchange.

“We want them to know where they are going and that’s the bottom line,” MPO executive director Michael Howe said Monday.

In June, the Sarasota County Commission unanimously approved the addition, but FDOT requires written requests from both the commission and Sarasota/Manatee MPO.

“Sarasota County acknowledges that they will be responsible for the fabrication and installation of the signage for the northbound exit at Fruitville Road, under the General Use Permit,” a letter from Sarasota/Manatee MPO chairman Jim Bennett to FDOT District One Secretary Billy Hattaway states. “Additionally, it is the understanding of the MPO that the southbound park supplemental sign will be included in the construction project for the I-75 and University Parkway interchange project which will begin construction on August 3.”

It had been considered to add the park to the sign on I-75 southbound at University Parkway, which would have required one of four existing destinations — New College of Florida, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, the Sarasota Kennel Club dog track and Ringling Museum of Art — to be removed to make way for the rowing facility. FDOT allows a maximum of two signs with two destinations each before an exit, and these four destinations are already signed at the southbound I-75 and University Parkway location.

Claire Aronson, Manatee County reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7024 or at caronson@bradenton.com. Follow her on Twitter@Claire_Aronson.


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