|Published:||Mar 26, 2013 11:34 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Mar 27, 2013 12:14 AM EDT|
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fl. - The people of Charlotte County feel the need for speed!
They're hoping to bring the Super Boat International Races, like the one in Key West, to these waters and bring in some big bucks for the County.
"Based on what other boat race sites do, we will generate between 10 and 12 million dollars in economic impact," says Gerry York, Spokesperson for SBI.
At Tuesday's commission meeting, leaders voted unanimously to shell out $10,000 for a deposit to SBI, paying for the organization to come check out two potential sites for one of their boat races: Charlotte Harbor and Englewood Beach.
"What is the best location as far as safety, permitting and viewership that we can possible identify," York adds.
York is part of the newly formed County committee working to bring the race here. Several residents, business owners and hotel managers showed their support for the event that's expected to bring more than 80,000 people here in just a 4-day span.
"For the snowbirds... After they leave it sort of dies down so I think this will be a very good thing because it falls right after the season," says Danny Ali, General Manager for the Four Points by the Sheraton Hotel.
If SBI likes the County for a race site, leaders hope to hold a race here in April 2014.