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VIDEOS | Relive the Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta

Monday, February 9, 2015

The inaugural Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta ran smoothly on Saturday and included events such as the F2 powerboat races, jetski races, fireworks, live music entertainment, BMX demonstrators, XPOGO teams, dog shows and more.

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Despite power outage, music at Regatta entertainment stage rocks on

Sunday, February 8, 2015

BRADENTON -- Butch Corlisa grew up listening to Jefferson Starship, so when the New Hampshire resident found out that his visit to Florida coincided with the band's 40th anniversary tour, he knew he couldn't miss it.

On Saturday, Corlisa was in the front row, rocking out to his favorite band at the Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta.

"It was awesome," he said after the one-hour performance. "I can't get any closer."

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During Bradenton Area Regatta, few major traffic accidents

Sunday, February 8, 2015

 MANATEE -- It was smooth sailing Saturday as tens of thousands of spectators poured into downtown Bradenton and Palmetto for the first-ever Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta.

Despite the Green Bridge over the Manatee River being closed to provide onlookers a bird's-eye view of the Formula 2 tunnel hull boats from the Powerboat Superleague series, traffic flowed smoothly all day across the DeSoto Bridge. At about 6:30 p.m., police reported that the Green

Bridge was clear of pedestrian foot traffic.

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STORIFY | Happening now: Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Pictures, posts and Tweets from the Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta. read more ...

Final details set for Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta

Saturday, February 7, 2015

MANATEE -- The Riverwalk is ready to rumble.

Welcome to today's Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta, being billed as the largest, free public event in the history of Manatee County.

It's been a massive work in progress with details going down to the wire, but everything is in place for a spectacular show, said Integrated Strategic Marketing president Mike Fetchko, the primary organizer of the event's entertainment side.

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Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta Schedule

Saturday, February 7, 2015

REGATTA SCHEDULE read more ...

'Better than Disney World,' fireworks cap a successful inaugural

Saturday, February 7, 2015

BRADENTON -- The fireworks at the Bradenton Area River Regatta were better than Disney World, said 9-year-old Payton Eckert.

"I thought they were really pretty and beautiful," the Bradenton resident said after the 16-minute Zambelli International Fireworks Spectacular over the Manatee River.

The fireworks, which were presented by Manatee Memorial Hospital, marked the end of the inaugural Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta.

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Every effort to be made to protect marine wildlife during Bradenton regatta

Friday, February 6, 2015

MANATEE -- Organizers of Saturday's Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta have maintained every step is being taken to protect marine wildlife ahead of Formula 2 Powerboat Superleague competitors racing across the Manatee River at speeds in excess of 100 mph -- a speed they can reach in about 4 seconds.

Protecting manatees, sea turtles, dolphins and even the small sawtooth fish was the biggest obstacle to overcome in dropping the green flag on the regatta, which will feature multiple on-water events besides the main Formula 2 race.

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Powerboat racers check out Manatee River in advance of Feb. 7 regatta

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BRADENTON -- Two Formula 2 Powerboat Super League competitors, including the 2014 series champion Jeff "The Jet" Reno, of Okeechobee, powered across the Manatee River on Tuesday -- a preview of what's to come at the Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta.

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Historical renovation awaits ‘Pink Palace’

Saturday, October 29, 2011

BRADENTON -- The Widewaters Group has accepted Bradenton’s offer of more than $1 million in incentives and an estimated $1.5 million in tax rebates to move forward with renovation of the “Pink Palace,” one of the city’s standout historic properties. “Although we were not able to secure all of the incentives that we were looking for, in the end we are agreeing to a package that works for all parties,” wrote Brian Long, director of development for Widewaters, which will convert the circa-1926 building into a Hampton Inns Suite. read more ...

Bradenton Downtown Development Authority offers $1M-plus in 'Palace' incentives

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

BRADENTON -- After more than a year of negotiations, the city of Bradenton is finally a day away from knowing whether downtown’s historic “Pink Palace” will become a Hampton Inn Suites. read more ...

DDA sets aside $145K more for Riverwalk

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

BRADENTON -- The Bradentown Downtown Development Authority on Tuesday set aside another $145,000 for the new Riverwalk, including $70,000 in seed money for a three-month grand opening effort that will kick off with the Bradenton Blues Festival in October 2012. read more ...

Realize Bradenton promotes available downtown parking

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

BRADENTON -- Hoping to dispel what it calls the “myth” that downtown Bradenton is short on public parking, Realize Bradenton has begun circulating maps showcasing downtown’s three garages, five lots, and on-street spaces set aside for parking. read more ...

Riverwalk groundbreaking ushers in new era for Bradenton

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

BRADENTON -- City leaders with eloquent statements filled the stage at Rossi Park Monday morning, but none more aptly captured the spirit of the new Riverwalk they were celebrating than a couple of citizens who ambled by. read more ...

Early morning Riverwalk groundbreaking draws hundreds to downtown Bradenton

Monday, September 19, 2011

BRADENTON -- Change was the theme at a groundbreaking Monday morning for the city’s much-anticipated Riverwalk project, as a crowd of more than 300 munched on delicacies and listened to project leaders talk of how the $6.2 million dollar effort will transform Bradenton. read more ...

Bradenton Riverwalk Groundbreaking

Friday, September 9, 2011

Monday, September 19, 8:30 AM

Rossi Park to the east of the railroad tracks. If driving, take 3rd Ave W to the 400 block. Enter the parking lot marked by “Event” sign. Add’t parking behind Manatee Players under construction. read more ...

Waterfront Skatepark Design "A Work of Art"

Thursday, September 8, 2011

In a design meeting, skaters enthusiastically approved the overall concept for the waterfront skatepark slated for the Riverwalk at Rossi Park. read more ...

‘Awesome!’ – Skate park plans unveiled

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Oversized T-shirts, baggy pants, and phrases like “Getting stoked” and “Awesome!” filled Bradenton City Hall of Wednesday evening as skateboarders united with city officials to see Team Pain’s preliminary designs for the Riverwalk Skate Park. read more ...

$5,000 OK’d for Bradenton Riverwalk groundbreaking

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

BRADENTON -- The Downtown Development Authority on Tuesday OK’d up to $5,000 for a festive groundbreaking ceremony next month after construction on the city’s Riverwalk enhancement project officially kicked off last week.

“Try not to spend five grand,” remarked authority member Cork Miller after the board approved the expenditure.

The groundbreaking is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 19, with the location still to be announced, said David Gustafson, executive director of the authority, which met at Bradenton City Hall

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