The face dock at the Bahia Mar and the convention center lobby were crowded with boats and people.

A ‘fantastic’ FLIBS

The mood was buoyant, the days were sunny (if a bit too warm), and sales were hot — blisteringly so — at the 56th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

FLIBS 2015: Parents of lost teen advocate EPIRB law

FORT LAUDERDALE — The parents of 14-year-old Austin Blu Stephanos, who was lost at sea with a friend July 24 in a squall off Jupiter, Fla., are working with two Florida lawmakers to introduce a bill that would give boaters an annual 25 percent discount on their boat registration fee if they own a properly…more

FLIBS 2015: Pininfarina unveils design for 279-foot yacht

FORT LAUDERDALE — Celebrating its 85 birthday, Pininfarina — the Italian design firm that has made Ferarri, Alfa Romeo and Maserati automobiles synonymous with high styling — unveiled drawings for the 279-foot, or 85-meter yacht Ottantacinque (85 in Italian) on Friday at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

FLIBS 2015: Westrec Marinas plans new drystack in Miami

FORT LAUDERDALE — Westrec Marinas plans to open a 500-slip drystack for boats to 50 feet in Miami’s Haulover Park next spring and has started managing two marinas on Florida’s west coast, the marina operator/owner said Thursday at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

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

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