Having fun — and telling a ‘story’

Children built tiny props under the supervision of propeller shop employees and tested them on radio-controlled boats in drag races. Families sat down together to build Lego ships at a Fort Lauderdale booth manned by staff from a maritime training school.

Man ‘lost at sea’ faces federal court hearing

A Boca Raton, Fla., investment broker who is alleged to have staged his disappearance on a boat rented from a local marina “to escape legal issues” — the Palm Beach County sheriff’s office description of why he vanished — has been charged with causing a false distress alert.

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show spreads across six locations, but the Bahia Mar is the main venue.

Developer drops Bahia Mar upgrade

The development company that holds the lease on the Bahia Mar Resort and Yachting Center — the main venue of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show — has withdrawn its application to redevelop the property, with partner Jimmy Tate saying that after recent events the project “is no longer economically viable for us.”

Florida averts train-boat conflict

Check the website for South Florida’s Marine Industry Day celebration and you’ll find among the sponsorship acknowledgments the logo for Brightline, the new name for All Aboard Florida, the Miami-to-Orlando high-speed rail service that is barreling down the tracks toward inauguration in 2017.

Developer withdraws plan to redevelop Fort Lauderdale show site

FORT LAUDERDALE — The development company that holds the lease on the Bahia Mar Resort and Yachting Center — the main venue of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show — withdrew its application to redevelop the property, with partner Jimmy Tate saying that after recent events the project “is no longer economically viable for us.”

Appeals court expands admiralty law in diving accident

A federal appeals court ruled that an injury suffered on a recreational boat anchored in a shallow though navigable recreational bay falls under admiralty jurisdiction despite a 1972 U.S. Supreme Court decision that narrows admiralty’s purview a bit to weed out “absurd” cases that have little to do with maritime commerce.

The largest of the superyachts on display at Deep Harbour on Watson Island was Silver Fast. The inter-national brokerage firm Burgess offered the yacht, which carries a price tag of $90 million.

Luxury reigns at ‘super’ site

New this year at Yachts Miami Beach was Superyachts Miami at Island Gardens Deep Harbour marina on Watson Island, where about 18 superyachts were berthed away from the crowds that descended on Collins Avenue and Virginia Key. Affluent brokerage clients from that rarefied world where a price tag of tens of millions for a yacht…more

Florida boater-safety bill goes to governor

Inspired by a desire to spare parents the pain of losing their children in boating accidents, a bill that would give boaters a registration discount if they carry an EPIRB or personal locator beacon aboard cleared the Florida legislature.

Florida anchoring restrictions bill goes to governor

The Florida Senate voted 36-2 Monday to adopt a House-initiated bill that would limit anchoring at five locations in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. The House approved the measure by a vote of 105-12 on Friday.

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