After a year of legal battles and resistance from environmental groups and local citizens, the Miami Boat Show is set to open, as scheduled, at its new home next weekend.
Organizers say Miami’s Marine Stadium will be ready to showcase 1,200 watercraft and more than a million square feet of exhibitions in what they hope will be the best year yet.
The 75th anniversary of the show is set to bring in an estimated 100,000 visitors and a generate $83 million into the local economy.
Organizers have worked with environmental concerns in mind to reduce the ecological impact of the show, going so far as to hire manatee spotters for the water taxis in order to protect the local wildlife.
Meanwhile, the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show will continue on Collins Avenue as in the past, just now under a new name – Yachts Miami Beach.