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Public clashes over future of Detroit Grand Prix

Chevrolet Indy Dual In Detroit - Dual I

DETROIT, MI - MAY 31: Helio Castroneves of Brazil, drives the #3 Team Penske Dallara Chevrolet on the opening lap during the Verizon IndyCar Chevrolet Indy Dual 1 In Detroit at The Raceway on Belle Isle on May 31, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (AP) State officials are deciding whether to continue hosting the Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle, a state park and island that opponents say is negatively impacted by the annual event.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is considering whether to allow the race to continue after its current five-year contract expires after the 2018 race.

The department held a public meeting Wednesday at the Belle Isle Nature Center to gather feedback. Dozens of residents attended.

Opponents voiced concerns about the race’s environmental impact. Several conservation groups have requested a third-party environmental impact study on how the race affects island habitat.

But supporters say the race shines a spotlight on Detroit and stimulates the economy.

The Grand Prix has occurred on Belle Isle periodically since 1992 and annually since 2012.