Englewood Beach and the surrounding area are expected to be packed this weekend.
Between 5,000 and 20,000 spectators are expected to watch boats roar by for the Charlotte Harbor Superboat Grand Prix race.
Sunday will be Charlotte County's first time ever hosting the big race.
Four different agencies, including Charlotte County Fire/EMS, will patrol the water throughout the weekend to keep boaters, spectators and wildlife safe. Dee Hawkins-Garland, a spokeswoman for Charlotte County Fire/EMS, says all agencies are ready for the big responsibility, but the public should assume some responsibility, too.
Hawkins-Garland suggests bringing sunscreen and plenty of water, as this weekend is expected to be hot.
There will also be a lot of traffic, by land and by sea.
"If you are going from point A to point B, and it usually takes you about 20 minutes, expect it to take much longer," Hawkins-Garland said.
There will be no parking at Englewood Beach for the event, but organizers have designated several areas for parking and shuttle service to the race.
Festivities begin Friday at 4:30 p.m. with a boat parade in downtown Punta Gorda.