Warm, sunny weather greeted visitors today on the opening day of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

FLIBS 2015: ‘Biggest’ show opens under sunny skies

FORT LAUDERDALE — “This is going to be — and is — the biggest Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show ever,” Show Management president Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III said at today’s press breakfast opening the 56th annual show.

A press conference was held Wednesday at Lauderdale Marina to announce the award of a $20 million contract to dredge the Intracoastal Waterway to a depth of 17 feet from the 17th Street Causeway Bridge to Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. CREDIT: J. Christopher/Marine Industries Association of South Florida

FLIBS 2015: Florida agency awards ICW dredging contract

FORT LAUDERDALE — Expect superyacht captains to breathe more easily with three or four more feet of water under their keels as they make their way up the Intracoastal Waterway to the Bahia Mar and Las Olas marinas for the 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

A rendering depicts the megayacht area of SeaVault, one of the projects that advocates say would breathe new life into the once-thriving Miami River waterfront.

Revitalizing the Miami River

Chapman Ducote’s core business — credit card processing — is pretty straight-laced, but the president and CEO of Merchant Services Ltd. in Miami Beach also has a wilder side: LeMans race-car driver, partner in a boatbuilding business and a role with wife Kristin in five episodes of the Kardashian sisters’ reality TV series “Kourtney and…more


What’s up for 2015?

The 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is rolling out some features that will brand the show as a world-class event, treat showgoers to VIP amenities and offer fun and entertainment to exhibitors and their guests.

Redevelopment planned for Fort Lauderdale show site

FORT LAUDERDALE — During a presentation to the Marine Industries Association of South Florida on Wednesday, Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III told exhibitors that the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show would go on with minimal disruption at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center during a proposed billion-dollar redevelopment of the 39-acre property over seven or eight years.


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.

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