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Fort Lauderdale Boat Show - All Systems Go!
Preparations bring a 'sense of normalcy' to city

By Staff reports
Posted Monday, October 31, 2005

Fort Lauderdale Boat Show - All Systems Go!
The docks are filling up, the tents are up and spirits are high among show organizers who expect to open their doors on Thursday.

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FT. LAUDERDALE --- The organizers of the 46th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show® have announced that the Broward County Convention Center will be retained as an exhibition site for the rescheduled event, Thurs., Nov. 3 – Sun., Nov. 6.

Yachting Promotions, Inc. and the Marine Industries Association of South Florida – organizers of the Boat Show -- express their sincere thanks to the government of Broward county, the Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), the city of Ft. Lauderdale, marine industry leaders and to other Convention Center scheduled events that agreed to reschedule their shows in order to bring this world-renowned event back on track in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma.

“Being in the event business ourselves, and knowing the trials and tribulations we’ve all been dealing with post-Wilma, we are grateful and thrilled to have so many people coming together to make this show happen,” said Kaye Pearson, president of Yachting Promotions, Inc. “The Boat Show is not just an major event for the marine industry – it is a vital economic component to our community. Our appreciation extends to Nikki Grossman and all the members of the CVB, Mayor Jim Naugle, marine industry leaders, hoteliers, local business owners, other event organizers and really everyone who has been so accommodating so that the show indeed does go on for everyone’s benefit,” he continued.

Along with the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, the Broward County Convention Center site is a major show hub. The Convention Center will be filled with fishing boats, family cruisers, runabouts, flats boats, center consoles, jet boats, engines, fishing equipment, marine electronics and accessories, apparel and special events.

The 46th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show sites are:

+ Bahia Mar Yachting Center

+ Broward County Convention Center

+ Marriott Portside Marina

+ Hall of Fame Marina

+ Las Olas Marina

A Sense of Normalcy
With every passing day, the sense of normalcy is returning to the region, with restaurants and shops re-opening for business and the re-opening of Fort Lauderdale beach to the public on Sunday. The City of Fort Lauderdale City Hall will open for normal business hours on Monday, October 31st.

Major boat builders from around the country and around the world have confirmed participation in the 46th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show®, Thursday, November 3 – Sunday, November 6.

As of October 28th, show organizers have already confirmed more than 850 boats for inwater and on-land displays. “The timing of the rescheduling of the show was driven by availability of show sites, and we are heartened by the industry’s response in working with us to make it happen so quickly,” said Kaye Pearson, president of Yachting Promotions, Inc., producers of the show.

Travel and Hotels

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau reports that approximately 90% of hotels will be operational within five hours of the restoration of power. Power is already back on in many areas of downtown Fort Lauderdale and more hotels are coming on-line hour by hour, including the Bahia Mar Beach Resort.

MarineCierge, a comprehensive service offering marine travel and concierge services, is providing free travel services for visitors to the upcoming show whose travel plans may have been impacted by the rescheduling of the show due to Hurricane Wilma. Travel counselors are available to help show attendees rebook flights, change hotel reservations and reserve rental cars. Call 1 866-4CIERGE (866-424-3743) or (954) 620-6041 and mention the show for free assistance 24/7, or visit


All three of South Florida’s major airports and all three general aviation airports are open.

As of Sunday, October 30th, Florida Power & Light (FPL) reports that power has been restored to nearly 70% of its customers throughout South Florida. As a result of this dramatic progress in power restoration – more and more gas stations are operational, and wait times are dramatically reduced. “On Sunday, I saw stations in downtown Fort Lauderdale with no lines,” said Frank Herhold, executive director of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida.

Major Boatbuilders Confirmed

Among the hundreds of exhibitors confirmed for next week’s show are:

Hatteras Yachts Formula Boats
Sea Ray Silverton Marine Corp.
Viking Yachts/Viking Sport Cruisers Meridian Yachts
Grand Banks Yachts Cabo Yachts
Azimut SPA Broward Yachts
Benetti Yachts Pershing
Sunseeker Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts
Trinity Yachts Cruiser Yachts
Wellcraft Marine Apreamare
Riva Hargrave Custom Yachts
Perini Navi USA Koch, Newton & Partners
Cranchi Boats Merle Wood & Associates
Donzi Marine Gilman Yacht Sales
Regal Marine Industries Uniesse Marine
Cheoy Lee Shipyards Baia Yachts
Allied Richard Bertram Merrill-Stevens Yacht Sales
Northrop & Johnson Burger Boat Co./Burger Yacht Sales
Ferretti Group USA Mochi Craft
Marlow Marine Sales West Bay Sonship
Fraser Yachts Worldwide Fairline Boats
Canados Group Neptunus Yachts
Camper & Nicholson Beneteau USA
Sabre Yachts Horizon America, Inc.
Moran Yacht & Ship Marine Max

There are also many more companies planning on attending.

Support From The City

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle has expressed his strong support for the opening of the show. “Our city is making excellent progress in our recovery efforts from Hurricane Wilma and we fully support the work of show organizers. We feel it is important for our city to be able to get back on track as a host for first-class international events such as the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show®.”

“The show is helping out with cleanup of things like the public parking areas near the show sites, which frees up much needed equipment and personnel for the city to get to other areas more quickly,” said Naugle. Naugle confirmed that all city roadways have been cleared, and that more traffic signals are coming back on line thanks to increasing power restoration, which will help facilitate auto travel to the show.

According to Frank Herhold, “We are excited to see recovery moving at such a swift pace throughout the region, and how everyone is readying themselves for the Boat Show’s opening on Thursday. This show is not only a significant marker for the marine industry – but also for the local and state economies, as the marine industry is among the top three industries in the State.”


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