When I think about the prospect of Super Boat International moving its annual Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla., up and across the state to the City of Clearwater, the words of Michael Corleone from “The Godfather” come to mind.
“It’s business. Just business.”
And yet this story, which I broke on speedonthewater.com a couple of months ago, reportedly has been the talk of the town in Key West—I’ve since done three radio interviews on the subject with host Todd Swofford of WKWF, Key West sports radio 1600—ever since the news got out. I use the term “got out” loosely, as within an hour of my arrival in Clearwater to cover the SBI National Championships, the pubic relations guy who arranged my trip said, “You know they’re trying to bring the Super Boat World Championships here, right?”
Photo courtesy Andy Neumann/Monroe County Tourism Development Council