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OFFICIAL MEDIA RELEASE: APRIL 30, 2020
RELEASE CONTACT: Lucy Nicandri – Media Liaison Officer / usamedia@powerboatP1.com
SARASOTA POWERBOAT GRAND PRIX POSTPONED
Organizers for the 36th Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix, originally scheduled for June 26-28,
have announced the race will not be held as originally planned and look to possibly rescheduling the
race later this year pending CDC, state, and local government guidelines. The City of Sarasota advised
organizers recently that they are temporarily postponing all upcoming events until further notice.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also announced yesterday that the state of Florida will gradually lift
coronavirus lockdowns, though parts of the state will reopen more slowly than others.
Last year, the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix generated an estimated economic impact of
$29.6 Million and 16,800 room nights. Lucy Nicandri, Executive Director for Suncoast Charities for Children
stated, “Knowing both the economic and charitable benefits this event generates, this was a very difficult
decision to make. However, it is important for Suncoast Charities for Children to abide by all future
national/state/local governmental guidelines governing all outdoor special events as the state of Florida
slowly reopens. Suncoast Charities for Children organizes the Grand Prix Festival, and like other nonprofits
throughout the state, needs to maintain the financial flexibility to respond and continue supporting programs
and services for those in need.”
Powerboat P1 CEO, Azam Rangoonwala, and Offshore Powerboat Association President,
Roland Smith, both expressed their full understanding of the need for race site promoters to
seriously consider postponing their events to allow sufficient recovery time from the
2020 APBA Offshore National Championship Race Calendar