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Producers vow to have new Miami show venue ready on time

Organizers of the Miami International Boat Show are building the in-water portion of the show after receiving environmental permits from county, state and federal officials.

Construction of the Progressive Miami International Boat Show is underway and organizers are assuring exhibitors and visitors that it will be ready in time for its Feb. 11 opening.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association, which runs the show, said much already has been done and the show will be up and running in time.

Some exhibitors had expressed concern about the NMMA’s ability to get the show ready in time after some of the permits necessary to build the in-water portion of the show were delayed.

The problem was attributable to an uphill, year-long battle with neighboring Key Biscayne, which opposed the show’s move. The dispute seemed to generate headlines nearly every week, and the final permits needed to conduct the in-water portion of the show were only allocated in December and January.

The show is being built from the ground up at its new home on Virginia Key at the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin. (Yachts Miami Beach, formerly known as the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, is separately owned and operated. It is unaffected by this move and will remain at its home along Collins Avenue.)

“It’s been a long haul to get here, but the Miami show is so critically important to our industry, and the new venue allows us all to rethink everything and take advantage of the new opportunities it offers,” Joan Maxwell, president of sportfishing-boat builder Regulator Marine and chairwoman of the NMMA’s board, told Soundings.