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Englewood Beach Races Moving Forward

Scheduled for November 17-20, the Englewood Beach Offshore Powerboat Association World Championships in Southwest Florida, are moving ahead as planned. Damage to Englewood Beach and surrounding areas from Hurricane Ian earlier this month had placed the event, which will determine American Power Boat Association and Union Internationale Motonautique world champions in the V-bottom, in jeopardy of cancelation.

The Englewood Beach event will determine APBA, OPA and UIM world champions in the V-bottom ranks. Photo by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

But during last night’s meeting, the Englewood Beach Waterfest board of directors agreed the entire event will go on as planned.

“Waterfest is a go,” said Ray LaBadie, a member of the board and a key planner and point-man for the races. “The meeting was great—everyone was incredibly positive. Everyone from the county commissioners to the Coast Guard to parks and recreation is on board.

“Everything fell into place last night,” he added. “We celebrated after the meeting in the chamber parking lot.”

According to a post on the OPA Facebook page, additional details for the race weekend will be announced in the near future.

“Right now we want to say thank you to Englewood Beach for having us back,” the post read. ”It’s an honor for us to come and support your community.”

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