FLIBS expands parking and transportation network

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For 2018, producers of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show say they have improved parking and will provide “an expedient transportation network to make reaching the show easy from any direction.” Options include dedicated parking areas, bus shuttles and show-dedicated water taxis.

FLIBS takes place from October 31 through November 4 at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Pier 66 Marina, Sails Marina/Pier 66 South and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

Show organizers are encouraging attendees to use the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi, which starts an hour prior to show opening and ends two hours after it closes. Wristbands for the taxi cost $12 per day per person and can be purchased at all stops. The water taxis will run four different routes among the show locations.

Guests arriving by car can choose among 18 different parking sites throughout Fort Lauderdale. Shuttle buses will run between show sites and parking areas and to the four water-taxi stops. The buses will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Visitors arriving by Brightline commuter train can take a shuttle bus from the station at 101 NW 2 Ave. in Fort Lauderdale to the Water Taxi stop at the Riverside Hotel on Las Olas. The operating hours for these shuttles is the same as for those running among the parking lots.

Lyft and Uber drivers will be allowed to pick up and drop off passengers only at an officially designated spot that has yet to be determined.