The Show Will Go On

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Organizers of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference say they’re confident this year’s show will take place as planned. IBEX is scheduled for Sept. 29-Oct. 1.

Organizers are monitoring Florida’s guidelines for reopening in three phases, and are working with the Tampa Convention Center and Visit Tampa Bay to develop health-and-safety protocols.

The protocols will be posted in a covid-19 section of the IBEX website.

“We are optimistic that, by September, the state of Florida will be open for large events to take place and that public confidence will have been restored and IBEX will open on schedule,” show director Anne Dunbar said in a statement.

Organizers will monitor announcements by the local government, as well as the Centers for Disease Control, Dunbar said.

“During the past 30 IBEX shows, we have weathered three new host cities, several hurricane threats, one great recession, and now together we will manage the coronavirus challenges,” she said. “If … we are required to alter the format of IBEX, we will make an announcement accordingly. It is our hope that IBEX will spark much-needed business for the marine industry and be the beginning of a strong recovery season for us all.”