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Battle on the Bay still trying for permit

CLEVELAND CONSTRUCTION, a Class I boat, races during

CLEVELAND CONSTRUCTION, a Class I boat, races during the 2009 Battle on the Bay in Patchogue, a series of races for off-shore powerboats in which the boats reach speeds of up to 150 miles per hour. Photo Credit: Sharkey-Images.com

Organizers of the Battle on the Bay, an annual powerboat race on the Great South Bay that resulted in the deaths of two racers in 2008, were still working Tuesday to revise and complete paperwork needed to secure a marine permit for the event that’s scheduled for Sunday at noon.

“We have to make sure everyone is still on board and that it is still safe,” said Louis Giancontieri, president of Great South Bay Racing, which runs the race. He planned to submit the new paperwork by this evening, he said.

The Coast Guard, which announced Saturday it will not issue a permit for the race until organizers file a more detailed safety plan, will review the paperwork once it’s submitted, said Cmdr. Amy Beach of the agency’s Long Island Sound sector.

Beach said the Coast Guard lost confidence in race organizers’ ability to manage the event safely after the first incident action plan that was submitted had “question marks” and the local emergency agencies that were included expressed concern about “the roles and responsibilities that are being assigned to them.”

Giancontieri said even if the Coast Guard decides not to issue a permit, the scheduled land events in Sayville and Patchogue will be held.

“We’re doing the best we can,” he said yesterday. “We’re going to make this a nice show.”
 

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