On Wednesday, the eve of the 57th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, Show Management, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, the Broward County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Broward County Mayor Marty Kiar, Guy Harvey and several other organizations and dignitaries will highlight the significance of the show’s impact on entrepreneurship, philanthropy and marine research.
Kiar will present a proclamation to Harvey, who credits the Fort Lauderdale show with the start of his worldwide fame as a marine and sport fish artist, at a press conference set for 10 a.m. at the 15th Street Fisheries in Fort Lauderdale.
Harvey will discuss his lifelong advocacy for and dedication to the protection of the marine environment, as well as the work of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Guy Harvey Research Institute in collaboration with the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography of Nova Southeastern University.
“Guy Harvey’s success illustrates exactly what we strive for as owners of the No. 1 boat show on the planet — to spur economic activity, grow entrepreneurs and promote marine research and preservation,” MIASF executive director Phil Purcell said in a statement. “The marine industry is excited about the opportunity to recognize him for his work and acknowledge his legacy of protecting the marine environment.”
FLIBS produces an annual economic impact of $857 million to the state of Florida, hosts 100,000 visitors from 35 countries, accommodates 1,200 exhibitors, showcases 1,500 boats and displays $4 billion worth of products.