As most in the Sarasota area are aware, celebrating the birth of our nation is best accompanied by the rumble and thunder of powerboats cutting through the Gulf off Lido Key. Luckily, the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival is back in town this week with events continuing through the 4th of July. This year, instead of a parade, there is a block party downtown, which is just one of the many events scheduled throughout the weekend at this family-friendly festival.
The Grand Prix has been produced by Suncoast Charities for Children for
the past 30 years and continues to raise the necessary funds to support those in need in our local community. Suncoast Charities for Children provides support to five non-profit organizations in the Sarasota County area. Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities, Inc., The Florida Center for Early Childhood, Loveland Village, Children First, Special Olympics Florida (Sarasota County), and Special Athlete Boosters serve over eight thousand clients with special needs. These organizations also provide support to the families of children and adults with disabilities.
This year marks the start of the Share the Beach Campaign where the focus is to protect our local marine life and their habitats. For more information on how you can help “Share the Beach,” please visit: http://sarasotapowerboatgrandprix.org/race/environmental-conservation/ . This link to the festival website gives tips for boaters, bringing personal property on the beach, and tips for how to protect sea turtles, manatees, and other marine life impacted by the festival, along with contact information for proper authorities in case of emergencies. This year, let’s do our part to keep our beaches and downtown clean by disposing of all trash in marked receptacles, and cleaning up after ourselves! And, most importantly, have a fun and relaxing 4th of July.
For a complete schedule of Grand Prix events please visit: http://sarasotapowerboatgrandprix.org/schedule/