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A World Class F1 Powerboat Racing Event

Gulfport Grand Prix, LLC. is producing the first annual Gulfport Grand Prix featuring Formula 1 Powerboat Racing and a Boat Show. In cooperation with the City of Gulfport, the downtown area will be transformed into a mecca of activity along Shore Boulevard between 58th Street South and 54th Street South. Formula 1 Boats with a open public pit area will make the Gulfport Recreation Center home for the weekend, along with the Antique boat show as well as the Pleasure Boat Display along Shore Blvd. S. Vendor booths lining Beach Blvd. S. will serve as the main entrance and parking shuttle drop off area. This is a FREE to the public event with VIP Area Tickets available for $35.00 each.

Sanctioned by the NASF (North American Speedboat Federation) and conducted by S,P.O.R.T. (Southern Professional Outboard Racing Tour) the heated up close and personal racing action will commence at the mouth of Tampa Bay on the Boca Ciego Bay area of the intercostal just off the beach with viewing areas located in the center of the entire event. We will be kicking off the weekend’s events starting early Friday morning on April 28th by setting up of displays and pit areas. The event will conclude on Sunday evening after two full days of racing action the 30th at the conclusion of the racing award presentations.

Boca Ciega Bay Environmental Concerns

The City of Gulfport Florida and the Gulfport Grand Prix are taking the entire process of preserving the natural habitat of the Boca Ciega Bay very seriously throughout our event. We have contacted the Local NOAA office about the grass flats and have assured them that we will not be running across the flats, so they are not requiring a Benthic Survey of the bottom. We have also contacted the local United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) about the possibility of manatees and dolphins in the area. We have a marine observation team that has been doing the observing for numerous race events through out Florida for many years. The lead Observer for the team has over 1000 hours in a helicopter as an observer. and the helicopter pilot has 25000 hours in a helicopter as a pilot trained to be an marine life observer. If a mammal is sited within 500' of the course the race is stopped until the animal leaves the area. The lead observer at the end of each event does a report that is turned into FWS, Coast Guard, NOAA and any other agencies for review.

 

Boca Ciega Bay offers a variety of boaters’ destinations, special habitats, and  spectacular natural resources. The bay is located on the north side of the mouth of Tampa Bay and is bordered by the cities of St. Petersburg, Tierra Verde, St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island, Gulfport, Seminole, and Madeira Beach. Waterways emptying into Boca Ciega Bay include Lake Seminole (through Long Bayou), Cross Bayou, Bear Creek, Clam Bayou, and Frenchman’s Creek.