Captain’s Chair: The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show November 30, 2016
By all accounts, the 57th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show was a great success. This year’s show really had something for everyone, from an enhanced VIP experience, to the improved food court, to the impressive 3D projection mapping, the embellishments added significantly to the overall experience of the show’s visitors. Early indications are that ticket sales increased by 5% and we welcomed attendees from all 50 states and more than 50 countries.
On Wednesday before the show began, we were joined by county and city elected officials at 15th Street Fisheries to honor Dr. Guy Harvey on the 30th anniversary of his participation in the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Dr. Harvey received the key to the County and was presented with a Proclamation proclaiming November 2nd as Guy Harvey Appreciation Day by Mayor Marty Kiar.
The Marine Hub VIP Luncheon onboard the MIASF Hospitality Lounge, co-hosted by MIASF and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance on Thursday, showcased Robin Hayes/CEO of JetBlue, Danny Kane/CEO of Modernizing Medicine, and Salomon Sredni/former CEO of Tradestation. Although their respective companies focus on unrelated industries – aviation, healthcare, and finance, the lively discussion revealed the executives shared a common perspective to create a company culture that spurs innovation, acts on opportunities, and invests in employees.
The Alliance and MIASF continue to collaborate on promoting South Florida as a global Marine Research Hub, based on the extensive collective marine and oceanographic research being conducted by local universities. We were honored on Friday morning to welcome aboard Florida Atlantic University President John Kelly, Florida International University President Mark Rosenberg, Nova Southeastern University President George Hanbury, and University of Miami Dean of The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Roni Avissar, along with several of the universities’ oceanographic deans, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, County Commissioner Chip LaMarca, and representatives from the economic development agencies of Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties to secure agreement to move forward with the initiative.
This year’s Exhibitor Party, Light the Night, on Sunday was amazing! DJ Zondoz provided great music and the lighted suits worn by the saxophone player and the giant “Tron” character drew enormous crowds on the dock and fascinated passers-by. We are very appreciative of the exhibitors who participate in the show, and we were excited to host this fun and exciting party to thank everyone.
On the final day of the show we convened a meeting with Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Coast Guard, and captains and crew to discuss port state inspections and important issues regarding rules and regulations that impact visiting vessels and the ability to receive a cruising license versus permission to proceed.
Throughout the week, we were pleased to accommodate a number of additional private events, as well as serve more than 1,000 lunches to members and guests. Overall, we received extremely positive feedback on this year’s show and we are already planning for next year! Please feel free to share with us your favorite FLIBS moments and general comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.