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National rowing group addresses council

Published: Monday, June 16, 2014 10:07 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – The leader of a national rowing company's St. Charles club Monday spoke to the St. Charles City Council about its plans to build a boathouse.

David Miller, director of RowAmerica St. Charles, gave an overview of the boathouse plans and of RowAmerica overall. The company was founded by Howard Winklevoss, father of twins Cameron and Tyler, who rowed in the Beijing Olympics.

The competitive rowing group wants to build a boathouse in Ferson Creek Park, which is bordered by Route 31 and the Fox River in the northern part of the city. The company plans to invest about $2 million into the St. Charles project according to Dave Dickison, president of RowAmerica Boat Club, a division of RowAmerica, in May.

Miller said the RowAmerica is in ongoing talks with the St. Charles Park District. The two parties are at the beginning stages of lease agreement conversations and the permitting process.

Most alderman gave favorable comments about the club, including Fourth Ward Alderman Jo Krieger.

" I think it's a very interesting concept … I wish you luck," Krieger said.

After First Ward Alderman Dan Stellato asked about the Winklevoss name and the 2010 film "The Social Network," Miller confirmed that the Winklevoss twins were subjects in the film played by actors. The twins sued Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg, claiming he stole their idea for the website.

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