The National Marine Representatives Association is asking members to show up at a Miami-Dade County meeting next week to explain to commissioners why the Miami International Boat Show matters to them.
“On Dec. 15, 2015, the Miami-Dade County Commissioners will decide on an environmental permit issue that has been delayed by those opposing the show,” the group said. “NMRA sent its members a call-to-action asking for their participation.”
NMRA members, many of whom signed an online petition supporting the show, were encouraged to attend the meeting. They will have one minute to explain to the county commissioners why the event matters to them.
"Not only does the success of the show bring jobs and prosperity to South Florida, but it impacts our industry in a very meaningful way," NMRA president Rob Gueterman said in a statement. "Many of our members are exhibitors or conduct business at the show, so it's important to demonstrate our support."
The trade group said the event generates more than $30 million in tax revenue and supports 6,500 local families through employment directly related to it.