The National Marine Manufacturers Association is hosting an invitation-only webinar to give exhibitors detailed plans for the 2016 Miami International Boat Show and answer questions about the high-profile show amid political debates over revitalizing the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin to serve as the show’s new venue.
NMMA president Thom Dammrich, boat show manager and vice president Cathy Rick-Joule, and Miami deputy city manager Alice Bravo will present updates and address questions.
The NMMA unofficially announced the webinar, set for May 20 at 3 p.m. EDT, in a letter Dammrich wrote to exhibitors saying that the trade group wants to correct “misinformation and misinterpretations that are being broadcast as a result of the high-profile and political nature of our move to Miami Marine Stadium Park.”
Most recently, the Army Corps of Engineers flagged a permit, saying mitigation measures will be needed to offset the negative environmental effects of temporary docking in the basin for 90 days. The permit set off a flurry of news coverage, though boat show organizers say the most recent Corps of Engineers request is a typical component of every permitting process for boat shows.
Dammrich also responded to a lawsuit that Key Biscayne filed against the NMMA.
“You should know that NMMA is responding to the claims in the lawsuit, which we believe are completely unfounded,” Dammrich wrote in the letter obtained by Trade Only Today.
“I’ve made statements in the press recently that we are confident that the show you trust us to produce will move forward as planned and that the Miami International Boat Show remains committed to being a good neighbor to Key Biscayne,” Dammrich wrote. “I’ve made these statements because they are true.”
“I hope that you will be able to join the call and learn more about how the NMMA, in partnership with the city of Miami, is building the best Miami International Boat Show yet in 2016,” he wrote.
The 45-minute webinar will address the following:
- Overview of the decision to move to Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin
- Parking and transportation study, plans for 2016
- Update on construction
- Space allocation
- Strictly Sail Miami
- Marketing plans for 2016
- Key Biscayne conflict resolution
This article was updated to reflect that the NMMA webinar is by invitation only.