Tag Archives: Florida

Florida extends Hurricane Ian salvage help deadline

Acknowledging the significant challenge facing many recreational boat owners who are unable to pay salvage costs for their Hurricane Ian- wrecked vessels, or who may still be assessing the extent of the damage, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) extended its Hurricane Ian waiver program through the end of 2022. The waivers, which require boat owners to release ...

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BoatUS urges preparation for Florida storm

Hurricane Ian will likely go down in history as causing the most damage to recreational boats, ever. Now, a late-season storm, Subtropical Storm Nicole, is knocking on Florida’s east coast, and the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is asking, “Is anyone listening?” “Ian devastated Florida’s recreational boating community for two reasons: the storm’s severity combined with no ...

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Industry members continue hurricane relief efforts

Following the devastation of Hurricane Ian, the marine industry has offered its support to those affected across Florida in an effort to assist the community in returning to some sense of normalcy. The Mercury Racing division of Brunswick Corp has launched a fund-matching and fundraising Hurricane Ian Relief program to support the Cape Coral and Fort Myers, Florida communities. The ...

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2022 Palm Beach show reports $1B economic impact

The 2022 Palm Beach International Boat Show took the yachting and boating industry by storm, generating over $1 billion for the State of Florida. The event, which took place March 24-27 along Flagler Drive’s waterfront, was a testament to the continued demand for the latest boating and yachting products that have been highly sought after since 2020. “We are beyond ...

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MIASF to host annual Plywood Regatta

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The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) is on track to host its 25th Annual Plywood Regatta at the end of April. With the mission of ‘building boating’s future…today!’, this annual event invites students to build sea-worthy vessels out of simple tools and supplies and then race their creations in a series of heats to determine an overall champion. Scheduled to take ...

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Suntex officially assumes control of Las Olas Marina

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Suntex Marina Investors, LLC (Suntex) announced that Suntex has taken occupancy of the Las Olas Marina in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Suntex will now commence its plans to develop the marina and transform it into a world-class marine facility. Las Olas Marina is a centerpiece of the world-renowned Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and Suntex looks forward to Las Olas Marina becoming ...

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Nautical Ventures unveils plans for new flagship location

Nautical Ventures Group has announced it has purchased property at 1400 S. Federal Highway (U.S. 1) in the heart of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. According to Roger Moore, CEO of Nautical Ventures Group, “This site was previously a BMW dealership, so the existing infrastructure and site plan allowed for a natural transition to bring over our unique boat dealership model.”  Nautical ...

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Changes at Florida’s Whiticar Boat Works and Shearwater Marine

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Customers of Whiticar Boat Works in Stuart, Florida recently received this letter from the owners. Dear valued customers and friends, For nearly seventy-five years, Whiticar Boat Works has been a part of marine life in Stuart, Florida. Our family-established and family-run business incorporated in 1959 by our fathers, Curt Whiticar and John Dragseth, has a rich history in the boating ...

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Palm Beach Boat Show postpones new dates

The 35th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show (PBIBS) - set for May 14 -17 along Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach - has been postponed until further notice. The decision came after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' executive order issuing a statewide stay-at-home directive through at least April 30.“We fully support the decision as the health and safety of our visitors, ...

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MIASF organizes 43rd annual waterway cleanup

On March 7, 2020, approximately 1,200 volunteers participated in the 43rd Broward County Waterway Cleanup, the county’s largest and longest-running environmental event. The event is presented by the Florida Inland Navigation District (F.I.N.D.) and National Marine Suppliers and organized by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF). The 2020 cleanup event resulted in the collection of nearly 25 tons ...

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