Power boat racing may be coming to Manatee River

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Bradenton, Florida -- Power boat racing may be coming to the Manatee River along downtown Bradenton.

The ISMUSA who puts on the Pittsburgh Three River Regatta will present its plan to Bradenton City Council Wednesday evening, Feb. 26.

Local businesses say the downtown area has spent 10 years planning for an event like this, with new hotels and a riverwalk. The economic impact is expected to attract 75,000 people and $8 million for local businesses.

"It benefits a lot of the working class, tourism and vacationers all around -- it'll be a good thing," says Anthony Ridley, assistant manager of Pier 22, the riverfront restaurant that has a front row seat for the races.

The event proposed for Jan. 31 would attract F-2 power boats topping speeds of 115 miles per hour. Organizers say this is a family-friendly weekend event.

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