On the waters off Longboat Key near tiny Jewfish Key in Potter's Cove, there was a huge party on August 13th.
The event called AquaPalooza by its sponsor, Marine Max of Sarasota, was the first of its kind in the Sarasota Florida area. "AquaPalooza events are held in many cities around the country are customer appreciation events put on by Sea Ray, a major supplier of recreational boats,” says Jason LeFevre, general manager of Marine Max of Sarasota.
LeFevre added, "Sea Ray owners are typically both young and not so young families that have a good time tubing or gathering their boats together. It’s not a big booze - go fast boating thing. It's more just a time and place to congregate and have fun."
The waters in Potter's Cove are a popular hangout spot for owners of all sorts of watercraft from tubers and small sailboats to large powerboats. The party, including a DJ ran only run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. to avoid disturbing Longboat Key residents during the evening hours.
The event almost didn't come to pass due to some Longboat Key property owners who thought the noise level would be objectionable, but just a week before the event the town of Longboat Key received an official opinion from Florida Attorney General's office that its attempts to limit noise on the water went beyond its local jurisdiction.
Longboat Police were out in force making sure people adhered to the laws the local police are authorized to enforce. Looking forward to the event, Deputy Chief Frank Rubino said, "We're not looking to harass anybody. We just want to make sure there's no fights, no alcohol-related incidents and everybody just has a good time."
Only time will tell whether this first AquaPalooza evolves to become a regular event where, like so many other events in the Sarasota area, many people come, have a good time, and go home happy to live in an area that "just knows how to have day of good, clean fun."
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