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New lawsuit filed over Miami show site

The village of Key Biscayne filed a lawsuit over the Miami International Boat Show.

The village of Key Biscayne filed a lawsuit over the Miami International Boat Show — again — this time against Miami-Dade County.

The suit was filed in Miami-Dade circuit court, according to the Miami Herald, and alleges that the county violated its development rules when it approved the boat show’s plan to hold the event at the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin on Virginia Key. The show went forward and was held Feb. 11-15.

The lawsuit said the area in question is designated by the county for “parks and recreation” use, which does not match the commercial nature of the boat show, the newspaper says.

This is the third in a string of lawsuits the neighboring village has filed. A suit against the National Marine Manufacturers Association, which operates the show, was dismissed.

A judge will hear arguments next month to decide whether to dismiss a case against the city of Miami.

The NMMA said it had no comment about the new lawsuit.

Miami news outlets also reported that there will be a post-mortem review of the show and permits; the NMMA said the review was a requirement of the permit, “which we already knew about.”



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