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Yacht show takes a super stride

The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach is expected to draw more and bigger boats in 2016 with the addition of a second venue — a brand-new superyacht marina on Watson Island — and a planned expansion north along its Collins Avenue site.

Karen and Andrew Grego run Blue Water Warriors, a charity staffed by volunteers that takes wounded veterans out on the water.

Water as a tonic for the scars of war

Andrew Grego recalls a meeting with an injured soldier at Walter Reed Military Medical Center that steeled his resolve to press on with Blue Water Warriors, a Fort Lauderdale non-profit that gets wounded veterans out on the water.

Lauderdale bridge gets full-time tender

The Coast Guard has required the Florida East Coast Railway to place a full-time tender on its drawbridge over Fort Lauderdale’s New River and plans to require tenders at the railroad’s bridges over the St. Lucie River in Stuart and the Loxahatchee River in Jupiter to ease boat-traffic tie-ups on the South Florida rivers when…more

The Marine Industries 
Association of South Florida’s family-oriented Marine Industry Day attracted more than 2,000 people last year. 
It returns June 20.

The branding of South Florida

Silicon Valley’s reputation is built on technology. Detroit, though it has lost some of its mojo, has been renowned for its cars. And South Florida? Its future lies in branding itself as an “international marine hub,” says Phil Purcell, executive director of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida.

Karen and Jim Gregos run Blue Water Warriors, a charity staffed by volunteers that takes wounded veterans out on the water.

Can water heal the scars of war?

Andrew Grego recalls the meeting with the injured soldier at Walter Reed Military Medical Center that steeled his resolve to press on with Blue Water Warriors, a Fort Lauderdale non-profit that gets wounded veterans out on the water.

Railroad posts tender at Fort Lauderdale drawbridge

FORT LAUDERDALE — Good news for boaters who pass under the railroad drawbridge over Fort Lauderdale’s New River: The Florida East Coast Railway bridge now has a full-time tender who can communicate with boaters via VHF channels 9 and 16, and by telephone at 305-889-5572.

Active Interest Media acquired the Dania Marine Flea Market this year from its founder, Al Behrendt. AIM, the owner of Soundings Trade Only, produces the outdoor mini-mall for boaters and marine businesses, and several boat shows.

Fishing for gems in a sea of surplus

Gary Murphy and his son were selling the detritus of a busy service yard — worn-out outboards, used engine parts, dirty cowls, old seat cushions, the odd piece of hardware — at the Dania Marine Flea Market, a 5.5-acre garage sale for anyone looking to buy or unload junk, surplus inventory and all sorts of…more

The explosion 
of unmanned aircraft for video and 
photography has     government 
regulators grappling with usage rules.

They’re much more than a flight of fancy

Are drones a fad or are they the future? Unmanned aircraft systems are here to stay, Bob Gonsalves told a meeting of boating writers after they had oohed and aahed at a drone flying around the room at the Miami International Boat Show in February.

MIASF schedules Marine Industry Day in Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE — The Marine Industries Association of South Florida scheduled its second Marine Industry Day for noon to 6 p.m. on June 20 at Esplanade Park along downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk on the New River.

Buyers are making their way back. The industry is expecting steady growth for the next two to three years.

Industry’s long winter is declared over

MIAMI — The verdict is in: “We’re back. The recreational boating industry is back,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich said at the marine industry breakfast to open the Miami International Boat Show. Based on industry metrics and national economic indicators, he projects a run of good times for the next three years. “We can expect three…more

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