Upcoming events: Refit International, MIASF Goes to Maritime Mondays, Billfish Tournament, Waterway Cleanup and more January 27, 2016

Refit International Exhibition & Conference – Jan. 28-29 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, featuring a special panel on the new sales tax cap on yacht repairs on Jan. 29 at 8:30 a.m. The trade show and technical seminar series, which focuses on improving yacht refits, targets every stakeholder in the comprehensive refit process — captains, owners, boatyard professionals, project managers, surveyors, designers and stylists. It is owned and produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine. The sales tax panel, which will be moderated by MIASF Executive Director Phil Purcell, will feature Teye Reeves, a lobbyist with Floridian Partners who helped get the cap passed, James Brewer, business development manager at Derecktor Florida, project manager Parker Stockdale and Karen Lake, a tax specialist with Berkowitz Pollack Brant. Learn more at

MIASF Goes to Maritime Mondays – Feb. 1, 2016. Come join MIASF at Riverside Market South, 3218 S.E. 6th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., for valuable networking and to kick off their new Maritime Mondays. First beverage is complimentary for employees of MIASF member businesses!

Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament – February 27, 2016. In its 51st year, the Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament, owned by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and benefiting the Marine Industry Cares Foundation, is the premier not-for-profit fishing tournament in the southeast. The tournament, sponsored by the Miami Marlins, combines a commitment to preserving the seas, cash prizes, a mandate of the release of billfish and the responsible take of fun fish. Entry fee for the Family Fun division is $500 and $1,000 for the Big Boat Billfish division. Learn more at

Broward County Waterway Cleanup – March 5, 2016. The 39th annual Broward County Waterway Cleanup, organized by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and Marine Industry Cares Foundation, is the county’s largest and longest-running environmental event and offers scholarship opportunities for middle and high school students. In 2015, nearly 2,000 volunteers of all ages by land and over 100 boats worked at more than 30 locations across the county to remove 15 tons of trash and debris from our waterways, rivers and canals. Learn more at

Plywood Regatta – April 9-10, 2016. MIASF’s 20th annual Plywood Regatta is a two-day event where students will attempt to build sea-worthy vessels on Saturday, April 9 using simple hand-tools and only a limited set of supplied materials. Then on Sunday, April 10, the public is invited to come watch as the students compete in a fun-filled and friendly rivalry when the finished boats line up and race in a series of heats to determine which boats actually are seaworthy and which boats exude that sinking feeling! Learn more at

Boating Safety Day Out – May 22, 2016. At Bahia Mar from 1-4 p.m., Boating Safety Day Out aims to create awareness, education about boating safety for all ages. Stay tuned for more details!

Marine Industry Day – June 18, 2016. The 3rd annual Marine Industry Day is a free family-oriented event aimed at celebrating the region’s marine industry through a variety of fun, interactive experiences organized by MIASF. It features live music, food trucks, children’s activities, numerous marine-related activities, water taxi tours, educational games and much more. Learn more at

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