Florida marine flea market opens today

The Dania Beach Marine Flea Market opened today and will continue through Sunday.
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The Dania Beach Marine Flea Market opened today and will continue through Sunday at the Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

The gates opened at 9 a.m. as the 26-acre parking lot of the casino at U.S. Route 1 and Pembroke Road once again became a nautical swap shop.

Organizers said private individuals and marine-related businesses are selling used marine equipment, coral-encrusted antiques, new and used boats, fishing tackle, diving gear, marine artwork and other boating-related items at low prices.

“Some shoppers to the Marine Flea Market travel hundreds of miles to find that elusive part for a 1946 vintage outboard motor,” event coordinator Jennifer Dudas said in a statement. “Others are looking for antique fishing tackle. Over the four days, thousands of boating- and fishing-related items are bought and sold through a system of dickering and dealing at a fraction of their retail value.”

Visitors can find antique ships’ clocks displayed next to state-of-the-art marine electronics. New and used scuba gear finds its place in a booth with outboard motors and marine artwork. Organizers said shoppers also can enjoy a wide variety of food and drink as they wander the aisles in search of nautical treasures or a fishing boat.

The flea market will be open until 6 p.m. today. The hours will be the same on Friday and Saturday; on Sunday the flea market will open at 9 a.m. and close at 4 p.m.

The flea market and Soundings Trade Only are owned by Active Interest Media.

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