NMMA sued over Miami boat show

The village of Key Biscayne, Fla., has sued the National Marine Manufacturers Association, accusing the association of violating open records laws, the South Florida Business Journal reported.

According to the paper, the complaint alleges that NMMA withheld documents from Key Biscayne that could reveal a licensing agreement with the city of Miami to continue planning for next year’s Miami International Boat Show at Miami Marine Stadium.

The village had earlier filed suit against the city of Miami over its plan to rehabilitate the area around the stadium for the show. Key Biscayne officials are concerned about the traffic impact of the boat show and other events on village streets.

The show has to move from its traditional site at the Miami Beach Convention Center due to construction there during 2016 and 2017.

NMMA issued the following statement in response to the lawsuit:

“The City of Key Biscayne filed a lawsuit late last week against NMMA, alleging that NMMA violated Florida’s open government public records law by withholding documents from the City of Key Biscayne and Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Law in relation to a licensing agreement with the City of Miami. NMMA will be responding to the claims in the lawsuit, and the Miami International Boat Show remains committed to being a good neighbor to Key Biscayne. It is NMMA’s job to preserve the $600 million economic impact the boat show brings to the Miami community each year — something NMMA takes very seriously. NMMA is moving forward with planning the boat show, and is confident it will be held at Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin in 2016 and beyond.”

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