NAPLES — You know we’ve had a lot of rain when the annual October swamp buggy races have to be postponed because of high water.
That’s the decision officials at the Florida Sports Park made early Saturday morning. Friday night’s persistent downpours left the facility’s parking lots off Collier Boulevard under water and the water level in the track itself was deemed too deep for safe competition.
While the swamp buggy parade went on as scheduled Saturday morning, all other events were put off until the weekend of Nov. 12-13.
“We’ve got some lakefront property out here right now. Want to buy some?” joked Sandy Montz, event coordinator for the nonprofit Swamp Buggy Inc. that stages the races three times each year.
Montz confirmed that the schedule Nov. 12-13 will mirror the one that was supposed to happen this weekend, with racing on that Saturday and Sunday and the traditional swamp buggy country music dance that Saturday night.
“We just couldn’t do it this weekend,” Montz said. “Just too much water. So we hope to see everyone in November. It will be another great weekend of racing.”
The Mile-O-Mud track at the facility is a canal-like oval. But the buggies are built to race when the water in the track is at a certain level. Friday’s rains that carried on into the wee hours of Saturday morning resulted in the water level rising to an unsafe level.
“The track is full,” Montz said.