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Poll: Should Suffolk OK speedboat-racing event?

Two boats in CLASS VI, the entry level

Two boats in CLASS VI, the entry level for speed racing, go head to head 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

Local powerboat-racing enthusiasts whose annual Battle on the Bay event was sunk last year are looking to make a comeback this summer off the beach at Smith Point County Park, proposing to move the races from the Great South Bay to the ocean.

A legislative resolution allowing Great South Bay Racing Inc. to use county facilities at Suffolk's largest oceanfront beach on Aug. 24 and 25 was approved Wednesday by the parks committee. It could come up for a full county legislature vote as soon as Tuesday.

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