Organizers said they anticipate the event, which brings power boats, will bring big money to Clearwater for the three-day festival.
“In Michigan City, this race as a first time event, produced approximately 40,000 attendees and $6 million dollars in impact to the community,” said Bob Clifford, the president of the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce. “We certainly hope those numbers will be matched here in Clearwater.”
Saturday is dedicated to fine-tuning and testing the boat, with the big day of racing scheduled for Sunday.
Mayor Frank Hibbard thinks the races are a great addition to Clearwater’s collection of outdoor events.
“We have Jazz Holiday, which is a great event every year, with Ironman, and now with the boat races, I think it really rounds things out.”
Parking can be limited at the beach, so city officials are asking attendees to use the trolley that will run from Coachman Park to the beach over the weekend.
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