white and gold timberland boots Bradenton and Palmetto are already working on 2018 River Regatta
BRADENTON are now underway for the fourth annual Bradenton Area River Regatta.
On Wednesday, the Bradenton City Council unanimously approved an agreement with Michael Fetchko of ISM USA, producer of the annual event featuring powerboat and jet ski races on the Manatee River and entertainment on the Bradenton and Palmetto waterfronts.
The regatta attracted an estimated 80,000 spectators during its 2015 debut, significantly lost attendance during its second year because of rain and cold weather, but was back up to about 80,000 this past February.
The next regatta Feb. 3, 2018 expected to draw about 85,000 and have an economic impact of $8 million to $10 million. As it has in the past, the festival will also feature concerts, a 5K run, evening fireworks and more.
are looking forward to it, Mayor Wayne Poston said. Army Corps of Engineers to block access to portions of the river for the races.
Although Palmetto will offer a beer garden, Bradenton will again ban alcohol sales on city property during the regatta.
don want to take away from our local businesses, Poston said.
Several restaurants near Bradenton popular Riverwalk will sell alcohol during the event.
The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau will promote the day long festival in Orlando, Tampa, Sarasota, Pittsburgh and Europe.
Bradenton long affiliation with the Pittsburgh Pirates, which plays baseball spring training in the city, the creation of the regatta showcase newly completed Riverwalk park with its amphitheater and other amenities. ISM USA coordinates the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta.
The visitors bureau will reimburse Bradenton expenses for promoting and staging the regatta with up to $200,000 in resort taxes paid by tourists.
Bradenton Public Works Director Jim McLellan said the city spent about and change on the last regatta, about $98,300 of which went toward labor as police and fire protection and sanitation workers.