2020 GRAND PRIX RACES Update Coming Soon


Centennial Park Boat Ramps will be closed to the general public beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, through 6:00 p.m. Sunday, July 7. All non-event related vehicles without proper credentials must be removed or they will be towed at the owner's expense. All other public boat ramps will be open.

New Pass will be closed to public boat traffic from 8:30 a.m. until the last race is completed at approx. 4:00 p.m on Sunday, July 7.


Per county ordinance, there is no overnight camping allowed. Due to turtle nesting season, beachgoers will not be allowed on the beach until sunrise so that turtle nesting inspections can take place. No glass or pets are allowed. Also in effect over the 4th of July holiday weekend on Lido Beach is newly enacted Sarasota City Code Sec. 21-44which regulates, among other things, the storage of unattended personal property on public property. The Sarasota Police Department will be posting signs in advance of the 4th of July holiday weekend prohibiting beachgoers from storing, and leaving unattended, personal property on the beach. City Code Sec. 21-44 expands the prohibition under the Sarasota County Sea Turtle Protection Ordinancebeyond "temporary structure left overnight" to prohibit beachgoers from storing and leaving unattended any personal property on Lido Beach during the 4th of July holiday weekend. This is for the protection of all beachgoers, not just the sea turtle kind, to ensure a safe, orderly and peaceful beach-going experience. Thank you for helping us to ensure that!



Most boats have an enclosed canopy with a Driver and Throttleman. The Driver is responsible for steering the boat and the Throttleman is responsible for setting the boat's trim and knowing when to "feather" or "charge" on the throttle.


Area is 1/4 mile behind starting line where pace boats lead individual classes to the start. Each class has its own milling area and orange smoke signals 3 minute to start.