Intracoastal portion of Lake Worth raft race canceled because of algae

Raft RaceLAKE WORTH — The part of the 15th Annual Great American Raft Race that takes place in the Intracoastal — the main part of the event — has been canceled, an event organizer confirmed Thursday morning.

In a news release, Lake Worth Leisure Services Director Juan Ruiz said the water race portion of the day’s events would be canceled because of “the impacts of the blue green algae bloom.”

Scroll down to read the full news release from Ruiz, along with the updated schedule of events.

The Post had reported Wednesday that the in-water race would be canceled, citing a Facebook post by Mary Lindsey, one of the organizers of the event.

The popular race, organized by the Neighborhood Association Presidents Council, was scheduled for Monday at 1 p.m.

» RELATED: Complete coverage of the algae bloom

In her post, Lindsey called it a “painful, yet necessary decision.”

Resident Carolyn Deli this week sent an email to The Palm Beach Post expressing concern over the growing algae problem and suggested that the race — extremely popular in the city — be canceled because of health concerns.

“We have a health problem that shouldn’t be ignored,” she said.

Lindsey’s post goes on to say the NAPC Presidents Cup Kayak Race has also been pulled from the Intracoastal at Friday night’s pre-raft race party at the Beach Club.

Lindsey writes, however, that all of the pre-raft beach parties are still going on as planned.

Monday’s Raft Parade is still a go, but will now start at noon. The line-up starts at 11:30 a.m. on J Street and Lucerne Avenue.

NAPC President Jon Faust did not immediately respond to a request to comment. City Manager Michael Bornstein was also unavailable.

In her post, Lindsey notes the Great American Raft Race Celebration is still happening…just not in the Intracoastal.

Lake Worth Raft Race News Release, Updated Schedule of Events

GREAT AMERICAN RAFT RACE TO BE HELD OUT OF THE WATER

It is with deep disappointment that the City of Lake Worth and the Lake Worth Neighborhood Association Presidents Council (NAPC) have decided that the 15th Annual Great American Raft Race normally held in the Lake Worth Lagoon will be cancelled due to the impacts of the blue green algae bloom. The fun and frolic of the Parade of the Rafts will be held – although at a later start time of noon on July 4th – with festivities and awards following at Bryant Park.

While the worst of the blue green algae bloom has not yet polluted our shores, any risk to the safety and well-being of our residents, our rafters and our raft race fans is unacceptable. The best available scientific evidence and expert assessments suggest the risk level is in the low range but our regard for our neighbors’ health is paramount.

Don’t miss out on all the 4th of July events in Lake Worth!

Splashtacular NAPC Presidential Pool Party | Sunday, July 3 | 5pm – Moonrise | Lake Worth Municipal Pool
NAPC President’s Cup Kayak Race | Sunday, July 3 | 7pm | Lake Worth Municipal Pool

Parade of the Rafts | Monday, July 4 | Noon | Downtown Lake Worth
Presentation of the Trophies | Monday, July 4 | 1pm | Bryant Park Bandshell

An Afternoon of Music | Kids Corner | Food

Music Performance Schedule
3:00 Mike Mineo
4:00 Marijah Speziale
5:00 Franscene
6:00 Raggy Monster
7:30 Odyssey Road – Journey Tribute Band
8:55 Mykal Morrison – National Anthem

The main event: Fourth of July fireworks at 9 p.m.