South Florida Intercoastal


By: MIASF Staff

Date posted: Nov 15, 2019 Fri

MIASF was proud to be named a finalist for the 2019 Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Education Partnership Award. As described in the announcement at the Alliance annual dinner: In recent years, the Marine Industries Association of South Florida has engaged in a wide variety of education partnerships benefiting the entire community. Initiatives such as the Salty Jobs video series, the Plywood Regatta, and an Elevator Pitch Contest, as well as regular participation in career fairs, serve to make students aware of career opportunities in an industry that has a $9 billion annual impact on Broward County. On an ongoing basis, MIASF education initiatives directly impact students from 15 different K-20 institutions and non-profits, and the association funds a variety of scholarship opportunities throughout the school year. Over 45 MIASF companies participate in its education initiatives annually. MIASF also works with local schools to organize field trips to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and provides complimentary show tickets to teachers and students.

The staff and leadership of MIASF are pleased to announce that previous part-time intern, Megan Piggott, has accepted a full-time position with the association. Megan will continue to pursue her MBA in marketing from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) online while she adapts to her new role and takes on additional responsibilities. Along with her bachelor’s degree in business administration from NSU, Megan has been using her mad video and editing skills to create valuable content for MIASF’s website and social media outlets through the Salty Jobs platform. Check out her newest video venture, Walk the Dock, which she developed on-the-spot during FLIBS. 

In her Salty Jobs debut, new co-host Sarah Kelly joins Sean Smith in fighting fire and rescuing a badly burned dummy inside the training center at Resolve Maritime Academy. Sarah earned her bachelor’s degree in broadcasting at Nova Southeastern University and is currently working on her master’s in organizational leadership. With the dream of being a sideline sports reporter, Sarah brings her enthusiasm and professionalism to every job and lights up whenever she hears the word, “action!” You can check out Episode Two/Season Three of Salty Jobs by clicking here.

NBC Sports Network’s talented team was back in town to film the second year of its one-hour, post-show FLIBS special and present the Derek Jenkins-designed trophy to the Best In Show vessel debut, the 140' Majesty. Onsite were popular commentators Townsend Bell, Leigh Diffey, and Will Christian, who traveled the distance of the show’s seven sites with camera crews in tow to show off the latest and greatest designs, technology, and toys being offered. Tune in to NBC Sports Network on Sunday, December 15th to see all the highlights.

True North, Mission of Hope’s 110’ disaster relief vessel, will be staying put in the hardest hit islands of the Bahamas at least until May 2020, organizers said while in town to accept additional funding raised from proceeds of the Yacht Chef Competition, boat raffle, and individual donations collected during FLIBS. The 37-bunk converted ship can accommodate volunteer medical, construction, and debris removal professionals that will be needed for the long-term recovery of the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands.

Broward County, the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau are excited to announce the expansion of the Convention Center and the addition of a new headquarters hotel. The 600,000 sq.-ft. Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center will almost double in size once the project is completed. The expansion plan includes:

·         An extension of the main Exhibit Hall by 150,000 sq. ft. to create 350,000 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space

·         A new 65,000 sq.-ft. ballroom facing the Intracoastal Waterway

·         An additional 50,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space to accommodate multiple events or convenient break-out sessions

·         Multiple upgrades including forward-thinking technologies, innovative dining concepts, versatile pre-function space and modern décor that   complements Greater Fort Lauderdale’s waterfront destination

·         Convenient skywalks connecting the event space, headquarters hotel, and parking structure

The proposed 29-story, Broward County-owned headquarters hotel will be managed by Omni Hotels & Resorts. The hotel will include more than 73,000 sq. ft. of meeting space as well as an 11,000 sq.-ft. spa and fitness center. It will be prominently positioned along the destination’s famed Intracoastal Waterway with a scenic view of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Convention Center expansion and headquarters hotel projects, both of which will be LEED Gold-certified, will be the centerpiece of a Convention Center district enhancement project, which will include outdoor event space, exceptional restaurants, premier shopping, exciting arts and cultural attractions and more. For more information and expansion updates, visit