From the Captain’s Chair: Certainty for our community July 28, 2016
This month we released the results of a new study on the economic impact of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) to Broward County, the region, and the State. The study concluded that FLIBS contributed $857 million to the overall economy in the state of Florida, adding to the long-term sustainability of 136,000 marine industry jobs and $11.5 billion to the economy. Since 1961, the success of FLIBS has been possible in large part because of the support of the entire community, including local residents, the hospitality industry, our partners, exhibitors and suppliers, as well as the City of Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, and all the regulatory and law enforcement agencies that work closely together to make this event possible.
Though we have faced some headwinds, Show Management, EDSA, Bahia Mar, the City of Fort Lauderdale, and MIASF are working diligently to begin to iron out the details of the lease so that we can continue to provide the certainty of FLIBS’ effect on the stability of our local and state economy, which is undoubtedly the over-arching goal. There is every opportunity for us to come together in a way that’s in the best interest of our community, our State, and our industry.
While we continuously plan for our future, we also remain mindful of stewarding our youth to excel in positions within our industry. We are proud to have awarded the Frank Herhold Scholarship to Alyson Kuba, a research assistant with the Marine Larval Ecology Lab at Nova Southeastern University, where she is currently earning her Masters of Science in Marine Biology. Additionally, we were able to use our network and connectivity of our members to secure three intern positions for high academic performing youth involved with the HANDY program.
Beginning August 5th, all eyes will be on Rio de Janeiro as we anticipate the start of the XXXI Summer Olympics. Nearly half a million people are expected to attend the games, with more than 3.6 billion global viewers, of which 217 million will be Americans. Those of us who are planning to watch are excited to pay close attention to the rowing teams’ floating docks, as they were manufactured, assembled, and installed by MIASF member, Accudocks. With 206 countries represented by more than 10,000 athletes, I am hopeful that the camaraderie of competition will help unify our country at a time when we need it most.