How do two full-time employees put on the Grand Prix


SARASOTA – “Imagine you have 50 plates spinning and you have the keep the plates spinning,” Festival Director, Lucy Nicandri, said.
That’s how she describes her life leading up to the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix.

“Most charities will have one in charge of sponsorship, marketing, PR, media,” Nicandri added.
But the grand prix is put on by two full-time employees.
Lucy and her office manager, Sarah.
The duo does everything you can think of getting ready for the two week festival.
“There’s a lot that goes in to licenses that need to be pulled, ordering banners, ordering the trash, ordering the porter potties,” Nicandri said. “We just go through a checklist and we get it all done.”

With the help of 300 volunteers, the Grand Prix takes place on the Suncoast each year raising money for local agencies who help children and adults with special needs.
“You sometimes think you get stressed and you’re having a bad day and ‘oh my gosh, how am I going to do this? I’m not doing this again,” Nicandri said. “Then you walk out the door and go out to these agencies and you see these clients that need these services. And you think of how fortunate you are and how lucky you are.”

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Lynden Blake
Lynden Blake is an Auburn University graduate with a degree in journalism. As an aspiring sportscaster she has worked in many media outlets. She’s currently a news and sports reporter for Suncoast News Network in Sarasota, Florida. Previously she interned for Fox Sports Florida where she worked with the production team during Tampa Bay Rays games and freelanced for covering the Miami Heat during the 2015 NBA Summer League. She shadowed at WRBL News 3 in Columbus, Ga. her last semester in Auburn. Previously, she was a staff writer for Tallapoosa Publishers Inc. and did many television and radio gigs for Sportz Blitz and AHSAA Radio Network. As a Tigerette at Auburn she hosted the nation’s top football prospects on game-day visits and official visits during the off season. She has always had passion for sports as she was a three-sport athlete in high school playing softball and basketball and cheering for Benjamin Russell High School.