Miami boat-show site lawsuit heads to mediation

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A lawsuit filed over plans to hold the Miami International Boat Show at Miami Marine Stadium in 2016 is being resolved and is in mediation.

The town of Key Biscayne, Fla., filed suit in February against Miami over the city’s decision to redevelop the Miami Marine Stadium grounds to host the boat show.

But now the town has “set the lawsuit aside to go into mediation,” National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich told Trade Only Today. NMMA owns the show.

“That will all get worked out,” Dammrich said. “In the meantime, we are just running full speed ahead on all the planning. It’s quite an undertaking, but it will be worth every bit of it in the end.”

Dammrich said exhibitors and attendees are excited about the prospects for moving the show as the Miami Beach Convention Center undergoes renovations.

“People are very excited about the new venue,” Dammrich said. “They’re excited about the opportunity to have boats on land and in the water next to each other, and the ability to conduct sea trials. They no longer have to take a bus around town. They might take the water taxi to the sailboat show, but otherwise they can just spend the day at the park.”

The show will feature “predominantly new boats,” Dammrich said, adding that “we will accept brokerage boats in some circumstances.” The show traditionally has been for new boats.

The show has sent out Frequently Asked Questions to potential exhibitors to help give a clearer picture of what to expect next year, Dammrich said.