Last weekend’s Roar Offshore event generated up to $15-million for the host city of Fort Myers.
The final of the APBA Offshore Championship Series which was organised by Powerboat P1 and the OPA, dramatically boosted the local economy and John Gavin, FMB Chamber of Commerce member told WINK News:
It works in all directions, this is a slower time for us and it’s the end of slow season so the businesses, many of them get a boom among the hotels and restaurants, basically all of us get a boom, and that will trickle right down into the town and the city and the county.
WINK News also reported that the organisers had obtained a 20 year extension to run the races in the South West Florida municipality.
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.