Hurricane Sandy might not have stopped the 2012 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, but its legacy is having an effect on the show’s scheduling starting in 2015.
Show dates will be pushed back a week, starting on the first Thursday in November, in the hope that the delay will help avoid the bad weather the area is sometimes prone to in the fall.
“The weather charts show that even though it’s just a week later it considerably reduces the chances of the torrential rain and high winds,” Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III, who owns show producer Show Management and Soundings magazine. “We don’t get them often in the third week, as we did last year, but sometimes it does happen. That’s the major thing we can control is moving the dates a week later.”
Beginning in 2015 the show will start on the first Thursday in November instead of the last Thursday in October.
This year’s Fort Lauderdale show, which takes place Oct. 31-Nov.4, naturally falls later than usual, as it also will do next year, Zimbalist said. In 2014, it opens Oct. 30.