Sarasota News Leader

03/29/2013

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LET THE RACES GO ON The Boat Parade during the Suncoast Grand Prix Festival always draws a crowd to Main Street. Photo by Norman Schimmel SUNCOAST CHARITIES FOR CHILDREN MAKES A PUBLIC PLEA FOR SUPPORT SO ITS SUPER BOAT GRAND PRIX FESTIVAL CAN CONTINUE THIS SUMMER By Stan Zimmerman City Editor Hard times have caught up with the Suncoast If the organization does not raise $75,000 by Charities for Children, now reduced to beg- April 11, the Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix is history. ging to keep its signature fundraiser alive. On Wednesday, March 27, the organization's Nicandri has asked, even begged, the City and vice president, Lucy Nicandri, delivered an County commissions for support. The Sarasota City Commission agreed to waive $36,000 ultimatum. in fees, permits and police help — but offered It was a posh setting for an ultimatum, in no cash. the ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Sarasota Nicandri went to the Sarasota County Commisdowntown, and it was attended by more than sion last week to seek $100,000 to make the one local world champion boat racer. But an event happen. She walked away with $13,500. ultimatum it was. "We still have a long way to go," she said.

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