Fort Lauderdale show pushed back two days

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OCT. 21 — Organizers of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, scheduled to open next Thursday, decided at a meeting late Friday afternoon to reschedule the show for an opening next Saturday.

The show, originally scheduled to end Oct. 31, will be extended by one day to Nov. 1.

Kaye Pearson, president of Yachting Promotions Inc., which produces the show for the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, said the decision to postpone was made after two days of uncertainty over the course and timing of Hurricane Wilma, and the likelihood of more of the same.

The movement of boats and equipment onto the show sites has been on hold since Wednesday.

Wilma made landfall around 6:30 (EDT) this morning, near Cape Romano, Fla.

A spokesperson for Pearson said this afternoon the door is being left open for a return to the original schedule if the situation changes. But that would require an early and unexpected shift in the projected path of Wilma — something forecasters do not expect will happen.