In-Person Palm Beach Show Approved

By Jeff Moser ,

The city of West Palm Beach gave the final approval for the Palm Beach International Boat Show to move forward as an in-person event March 25-28.

Show organizer Informa Markets said it will implement the same safety protocols that allowed it hold the St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show in January and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show last fall as in-person events.

“We applaud the event organizer Informa Markets for implementing a Covid-19 mitigation plan in support of public health during these unprecedented times, [as] the Palm Beach International Boat Show provides an economic boost to our city and region,” West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James said in a statement.

All show participants must wear masks, and temperatures will be taken at the entrance to the show. In addition, deep cleaning will take place before, during and after each day of the event. There also are more entrances and exits to ease pedestrian traffic, and the show has an open-air layout to help facilitate social distancing.

The safety standards are available here.

According to Informa, the Pam Beach show has a statewide economic impact of $682.7 million and supports 4,394 full-time jobs in Florida, with a $228 million statewide labor impact.

“We are so grateful for the city’s collaboration in making the 2021 show a reality in a safe manner while also allowing for the return of its positive economic impact for local and state communities, as well as the marine industry at large,” said Andrew Doole, Informa Markets president of U.S. boat shows.

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