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St. Petersburg Show Opens Thursday

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Informa U.S. Boat Shows on Thursday will open the gates of this year’s St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show, which last year merged with NMMA’s Tampa Boat Show after it was canceled amid Covid-19 concerns.

“Following discussions with marine industry stakeholders and dealers in the Tampa-St. Pete area, and listening to our attendees, we determined [it was] the time to merge the Tampa Boat Show with the St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show and begin building the Gulf Coast’s largest boating event,” Andrew Doole, president of Informa Markets’ U.S. Boat Shows division, said in a statement. “Combining these two leading Gulf Coast boat shows will streamline and enhance the attendee experience and deliver the most comprehensive display of boats and marine products in the region.”

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The show takes place at the Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin at Duke Energy Center for the Arts in downtown St. Petersburg. Organizers said 137 boats from 23 to 80 feet are slated to be displayed. The show typically has about 250 exhibitors and attracts more than 10,000 attendees.

The show runs through Sunday, Jan. 23.

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