Tag Archives: Florida

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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Boating and Fishing communities celebrate approval of Biscayne fisheries management plan

Last week, after decades of debate, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved the Biscayne National Park (BNP) Fisheries Management Plan. NMMA and much of the recreational boating and fishing community advocated in favor of the plan, which is aimed at increasing the size and abundance of targeted species within the Park by 20%. The plan enters into ...

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Daytona Boat Show reports high attendance, strong sales for 2020

The 2020 Daytona Boat Show recently wrapped up its 18th annual January three-day event at the Daytona International Speedway which featured 14 boat dealers, and showcased more than 58 different brands. The show, hosted by the Marine Industry Association of Central Florida, featured over 200 vessels, including personal watercraft, pontoons, jet boats and cruisers. Attendance was reported as exceptional by the dealers in attendance. “[The ...

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Correct Craft hosts Florida State Representative

Just before Thanksgiving, Florida State Representative David Smith (District 28) visited Correct Craft’s headquarters in Orlando, providing him with the opportunity to learn about the manufacturer’s business and the boating industry’s broader economic impact. NMMA members, like Correct Craft, have hosted more than 30 elected officials at their facilities in 2019, which are invaluable advocacy engagements that the association strongly ...

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Florida industry reps convene for second advocacy summit

Last week, NMMA held its second Florida advocacy fly-in, serving as a critical component of the association’s strategic plan to bolster advocacy efforts in key states and regions. Eighteen stakeholders participated in the event, where they attended issue briefing sessions and met directly with key legislators and decisionmakers on pressing policy issues facing the recreational boating industry. The November advocacy ...

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