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Is Miami International Boat Show drifting off?

Written by on June 11, 2014

As the Miami Beach Convention Center gears up for 2016-2018 renovation, the Miami International Boat Show is working with city and center staff to figure out how and if the show can stay.

The producer, National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), has been talking with Miami and Miami Beach and the center on upgrade plans, said a spokesperson.

The show continues to review needs and hasn’t officially notified the city or center whether it will use the center during or after renovation, said Nannette Rodriguez, city spokesperson.

The work, said a memo from City Manager Jimmy Morales, will reduce show space. To do it within 36 months, he wrote, shows can use two of the four halls. For big shows, that’s an obstacle.

“The construction… will temporarily reduce useable space for the show at the convention center location,” said Sarah Ryser, show spokesperson.

“With reduced space during the construction, NMMA is discussing possibilities with the convention center for accommodating portions of the boat show… to explore a host of viable options for relocating other portions of the boat show,” Ms. Ryser said. Work won’t impede the 2015 show, Feb. 12-16.

The show uses several venues, and a temporary or permanent move during and after renovation is possible. Its New Yacht and Power Boat Show is at 1635 N Bayshore Dr. and Strictly Sail Miami is at 400 Biscayne Blvd.

“Creating a new and improved Miami Beach Convention Center means we have an opportunity to plan for a new and improved Miami International Boat Show,” said Cathy Rick-Joule, show manager. “We have a lot of exciting options as to how we’ll layout the boat show in 2016 and 2017 and that’s a good place to be.” The event, with an annual impact of almost $600 million, has been here 73 years.