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Updated: 04/14/2014 08:00:00AM

Fans flock to Englewood for fun, sun and high-speed boats

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SUN PHOTO BY PAUL FALLON

Jaxson Brown, 7, and his mother Stephanie Brown, 30, of Port Charlotte, await the start of the Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix Sunday along with other members of the family. The two also went to the boat parade Friday in Punta Gorda.

SUN PHOTO BY PAUL FALLON

Spectators line the beach, and sit in boats just offshore, about an hour before the first race of the Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix began Sunday.

SUN PHOTO BY PAUL FALLON

Kim Lucas, 45, of Port Charlotte, and her father Dick Kruger, 70, a New Hampshire resident who winters in Punta Gorda, got to Englewood Beach early to get good seats for boat race off Manasota Key Sunday. The pair believe the race will be good for the economy.

By PAUL FALLON

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ENGLEWOOD — Dave Sharpnack would likely never have made it to the white sand beach on Manasota Key if it hadn’t been for the powerboat races held in Englewood Sunday.

But now the 65-year-old race fan out of Denver, Colo., is thinking about moving to the area when he retires.

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