Roar Offshore powerboat races take to the water off Fort Myers Beach

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After 15 years since the last powerboat spectacle in Southwest Florida, Roar Offshore hit the water off Fort Myers Beach Saturday to complete the three-day event.

Fort Myers Beach was still packed with attendees, as the races wrapped up for the day. Nothing but excitement filled the island, as spectators watched powerboats reach speeds of 180 mph. Many said they hope this won’t be the last time they get to witness these feats along our coast.

Guests told us they were only having fun at Roar Offshore. Yet it’s been almost two decades since the last powerboat championship was held in Southwest Florida. Tim Hill, the president of Roar Offshore, told us he was extremely impressed with the turnout and positive reaction to the event.

“Powerboat racing goes back almost 45, 50 years,” Hill said. “It’s been absent around 15 years, so we’re extremely happy, as residents of Fort Myers, to bring Roar Offshore back to Fort Myers Beach.”

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Racer Steve Curtis told us excitement and fun were equally felt by all the participating powerboat racers.

“I think all the competitors are really thrilled to be back here,” Curtis said.

Racers, businesses and visitors alike were all happy the races made a comeback.

“We’re just looking forward to the business,” event attendee Carol Steier said. “It’s important to us.”

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