Change is tricky for event organizers, for as much as their customers often express their desire for it, they also question, second-guess and generally resist it. Sure, as the saying goes, familiarity breeds contempt. But it also breeds comfort.
So while some members of the Florida Powerboat Club will embrace the format and venue changes to the events on its 2018 schedule and others will reject them, this much is certain: They’re coming.
“Sometimes people say, ‘If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it,’” said Stu Jones, the founder and president of the club. “That might apply to our Key West Poker Run, but thanks to factors like the damage from Hurricane Irma and resorts simply changing their business models—many of them don’t want to accommodate big groups during the high season—we have the opportunity to make some positive changes this year.”
On the micro-level, so to speak, the club’s Jan. 26-28 Winter Poker Run to the Florida Keys has the group lodging and docking at the Playa Largo Resort and Spa in Key Largo rather than its traditional Hawk’s Cay Resort destination, which is still closed as it recovers and repairs damage from by Hurricane Irma.