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Miami officials vote down boat-show site objection

Miami city commissioners voted unanimously on Thursday to reject an appeal by the village of Key Biscayne.

Miami city commissioners voted unanimously on Thursday to reject an appeal by the village of Key Biscayne contesting a plan to develop the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin to host the Miami International Boat Show in 2016.

That furthered the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s plan to relocate the show to the Marine Stadium Park next year from the Miami Beach Convention Center as the facility undergoes major renovations.

“I think the vote just confirms the city of Miami’s commitment to construct a flex park at Miami Marine Stadium and to host the Miami International Boat Show there,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich told Trade Only Today in an email.

The plans have been met with resistance from Key Biscayne commissioners, who say traffic will make the event’s relocation untenable. Environmental groups also have raised concerns about the initial permit application, although show organizers say they will amend their plan to ensure they meet the requirements to keep the area environmentally intact.

“We are pleased with the city of Miami Commission’s decision to continue with plans to restore Miami Marine Stadium and revitalize the surrounding area,” NMMA vice president of boat shows Cathy Rick-Joule said in an email Friday.

“We look forward to continuing our 74-year history in Miami and delivering the $600 million annual economic contribution to the community with the 2016 Miami International Boat Show at Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin."

Key Biscayne has also filed suit against the NMMA to stop the show from coming to the Marine Stadium Park and Basin. Key Biscayne officials initially filed suit against Miami, but later entered into mediation talks.

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