PITTSBURGH (AP) — A regatta that has been a tradition in the city of Pittsburgh for more than four decades was canceled Tuesday, days before its scheduled opening due to insurance and permit problems.

The EQT Three Rivers Regatta promoter LionHeart Event Group hadn’t secured proper permits or paid vendors, including the state for use of Point State Park and police, attorney Charles Scholz told reporters.

Scholz said the regatta board had no choice but to withdraw its permit application. Officials said they hoped the regatta might return next year.

his year’s regatta would have been the third handled by the company, officials said.

The regatta, a summer tradition since 1978, features powerboat races, an “Anything that Floats” race, and various water stunts and concerts.

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