Fort Myers show sees rebound in enthusiasm

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Organizers of the 42nd annual Fort Myers Boat Show say the improving economy was apparent at the show, which wrapped up on Sunday.

"We are seeing an entirely different attitude in buyers today than we've seen in a few years past," Brandon Flaherty, of MarineMax, told WINK News.

Selling luxury boats has been a rocky business for the last few years, Cape Coral Boat House president Tom Hansen said. But this year he has seen a huge improvement.

"When the downturn came in '08, '09, the boating industry was hit very, very hard," Hansen said. "We have a lot more boats in the boat show this year, so I think, all in all, the dealers that are here are definitely seeing a big improvement in the economy."

The boat show also held seminars on fishing and boat safety.

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