Fort Lauderdale Boat Show Opens to Crowds
The 55th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show opened Thursday to what organizers expect will be largest attendance ever. Online ticket sales before the show were up 12 percent from last year, and more than 100,000 people were forecast over the five-day run at seven sites, organizers said. Parking lots near the show areas were rapidly filling up at prices up to $70 for the day. “It’s the biggest Thursday i’ve ever seen,” said Marielle Sologuren, a spokeswoman for Show Management, which produces the extravaganza. The show is owned by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida. “I’ve never seen so many people on the docks” for a Thursday, typically “an industry day” before the rush
of consumer crowds on the weekend, Sologuren said. About 1,500 boats will be on display through Monday. Increased boat sales locally and nationally are fanning exhibitors’ enthusiasm for the show. The weather forecast calls for temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s, with clear or partly cloudy skies throughout the show.