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Old 11-09-2002, 04:08 AM
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Let's hope so. 3 days alright!!!!
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i'll bet an MTI will win Supercat
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Old 11-09-2002, 09:24 AM
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Welcome MTI.... That's a bold statement for your first post. Who do you predict will win?
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Maybe the captain of "PRIDE" should get a ride in Drambuii???

Deal reached to keep powerboat races in Southernmost city


‘Pride’ to be VIP viewing area if deal goes through


By Tim McDonald [email protected]

This time last year, Key West was awash with powerboat races, with back-to-back November events competing for public interest. This year, it seemed as though it would be left with none.

But last-minute discussions on Friday appeared to be heading in the direction of a compromise that would allow the American Power Boat Association to run its World Championship in Key West Harbor later this month, after all.

The problem is there are too many ships in the harbor. In particular, the cruise ship Carnival Pride is scheduled to be at the Outer Mole Nov. 24 – the final day of the scheduled races.

Race promoter Lee Mills had maintained the ship would block the VIP viewing area, and wanted it moved. But a lot of money is at stake – the city could lose $20,000 in disembarkation fees.

Now, however, it seems the ship will be the VIP viewing area for government officials, celebrities and others, allowing the race to go on. And ship passengers will be able to come and go from the Pride as they please, to see the city as well as the races.

"We need to run it by the Coast Guard, but it seems this is going to work out," Mills said Friday, following discussions with city and Carnival Cruise Lines officials.

Earlier this year, John Carbonell, owner-operator of Super Boat International, canceled races planned for Key West waters this month.

According to city officials, Mills knew of the scheduling conflict with Carnival in April, but elected to go ahead with plans for the race.

"I guess he felt that with the backing of the lodging community and the restaurant community, he would be able to have that changed," said City Manager Julio Avael.

Mills said he was told by city officials in March that there would be no cruise ships in port for the three days of planned racing, Nov. 20, 23 and 24.

"So we posted it on our Web site, printed it on our material and announced it on our TV shows," he said. "The sponsors committed to it, the hotels committed to it and the vendors committed to it."

Officials from all three camps – Mills, the city and Carnival Cruise Lines – have been negotiating for weeks trying to find a solution. That apparently came Friday.

"We have every hope and expectation that it will be resolved," Mills said.

Mills had rejected the idea of squeezing the race into two days, Nov. 21 and 22, which are open. He also rejected alternate areas for hosting corporate sponsors for the event.

Sponsors pay Mills $15,000 to $20,000 per tent on city-owned land.

Previously Mills suggested the cruise ship could dump the passengers off in the morning, anchor offshore and serve as a "turn boat" in the race, a marker for the powerboats to navigate. It could then return to the Mole after the races, pick up its passengers and disembark. But the cost and logistics would be prohibitive, the cruise line said.

"Your guests want to come and go from the ship as they choose," said Carnival spokesman Tim Gallagher said. "We’d have to have continuous tender service. We’d have to pay a harbor pilot. If it [were] practical, we’d do it, but it’s just not practical for us."



"it seems the ship will be the VIP viewing area for government officials, celebrities and others, allowing the race to go on. And ship passengers will be able to come and go from the Pride as they please, to see the city as well as the races."
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Old 11-09-2002, 03:35 PM
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this is in today's kw paper
http://keysnews.com/276271586163991.bsp.htm
as the keynoter is published early fri. the link above (the citizen) has more up to date news as it's published late fri. nite.
 
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this is in today's kw paper
http://keysnews.com/276271586163991.bsp.htm
as the keynoter is published early fri. the link above (the citizen) has more up to date news as it's published late fri. nite.

I don't think the time it was published really makes much difference. Just means someone's report was old news.

One article says the City was heading over to Carnival to see if they all could come to a compromise.

The other article says a compromise was reached giving race VIP persons access to view the race from the ship. It then states that this was in agreement with everyone involved - Including the City, APBA and Carnival Cruise Lines. There were only waiting on the Coast Guard approval.



I have not read anywhere that says within a few hours of the compromise, that everyone suddenly changed their minds?
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I just went back to the published dates on Google:


Here are both articles, in chronological order:

Dock conflict dampens outlook for powerboat races
Key West Citizen, FL - Thursday, 07 Nov 2002

... Unfortunately, it has not been resolved yet and it has created a critical situation," said Lee Mills, president and CEO of APBA Offshore Worlds..........."


Deal reached to keep powerboat races in Southernmost city
‘Pride’ to be VIP viewing area if deal goes through"
Updated: Friday, 11/8 20:20:24

By Tim McDonald [email protected]
".......... last-minute discussions on Friday appeared to be heading in the direction of a compromise that would allow the American Power Boat Association to run its World Championship in Key West Harbor later this month, after all."
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tommy has got this one...she'll finally keep it together for this race. what do you think???
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