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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Palm Beach (Fla.) International Boat Show and the Charlotte County Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Festival.

With more than $350 million worth of boats, yachts and accessories from the world's leading marine manufacturers, the 26th annual Palm Beach (Fla.) International Boat Show is one of the top 10 boat shows in the country, according to organizers.

The yachting event will take place from March 24-27 and it features hundreds of boats, ranging from small inflatables and center consoles to fishing boats and superyachts longer than 150 feet.

This year's show also offers an array of new interactive marine-related activities:

  • The Blue Wild Dive and Travel Show is an innovative presentation that aims to help people enjoy the ocean safely, whether they're learning to dive or continuing their diving and boating education.
  • The International Game Fish Association School of Sportfishing presents "mini-sessions" with some of the area's best captains and professional anglers.
  • Don Dingman, host and founder of "Hook the Future," returns this year to host his Kids Fishing Clinics for anglers ages 5 to 16.

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The second annual Charlotte County Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Festival is set for April 16-17 at the Charlotte County Fair Grounds in Port Charlotte, Fla.

There will be spaces to sell new, used, closed-out and liquidated marine and nautical items. Marine and nautical vendor spaces for the two-day event are available from 10 feet wide by 20 feet deep at $100. Larger spaces are available at an additional cost.

"In today's economy the Marine Flea Market will provide an outlet for the marine industry and private individuals to sell overstocked, new and used marine equipment at a fraction of the original retail cost," organizers said in a statement. "Many boaters, fishermen and divers will find valuable items for their maritime lifestyle at bargain prices and the best value for their dollar."

Local Florida bands will provide two days of live, continuous music as visitors search for bargains and enjoy seafood.


Yamaha sponsors Jacksonville show

Yamaha has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Jacksonville In-Water Boat Show that runs April 13 -15 at Metropolitan Park and Marina in Jacksonville, Fla.

Volvo Penta announces contest

Volvo Penta of the Americas is asking new engine owners to submit stories to its inaugural Boating Dreams contest and will award the winner with a Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

MIASF volunteers collect 32 tons of trash

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida and the Marine Industry Cares Foundation, organizers of the 41st Annual Broward County Waterway Cleanup held on March 3, collected 32 tons of trash from 31 sites around the county.

New Jersey saltwater fishing show opens today

The Progressive Saltwater Fishing Expo opens today, nearly doubling its footprint as it moves from the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, N.J., to the larger, more centrally-located New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, N.J.