The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every week on BoatingIndustry.com.
1. Miami mayor floats $45 million plan to restore Marine Stadium
In the latest effort to restore Miami Marine Stadium, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado is supporting a $45 million bond campaign, the Miami Herald reports.
The park and basin surrounding the stadium, shuttered since 1992, is the home of the Miami International Boat Show. Show organizers have said they hope to someday incorporate a restored stadium into the show.
The $45 million proposal is the latest backed by the mayor. Previous plans, as well as the boat show's presence on the site, have been the subject of multiple lawsuits and protests.
2. Marlins pitcher had cocaine, alcohol in system
Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez had taken cocaine and drank alcohol before the boat crash that killed him and two others last month, ABC 10 reported.
It's not clear who was driving the boat at the time, the station reported, but autopsies show that all three men had alcohol in their system, and one of the other two men also had taken cocaine.
The three men were in the pitcher's 32-foot SeaVee when it struck a jetty Sept. 25 off Miami Beach.
3. Registration open for USA Pavilion at Colombia Nautica
NMMA has opened up registration for the USA Pavilion at the 2017 Colombia Nautica International Boat Show. The show is April 27-30 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. The pavilion is expected to sell out, NMMA said.
4. New Jersey drought affecting fishing, boating
The worst drought in the state in 15 years has hurt fishing, boating and hunting in New Jersey this fall, The Record reported.
Many smaller ponds around the state have dried up and shallower water in lakes and rivers are hurting the ability for fish to get the oxygen they need, local officials said.
5. 10 ways to make Facebook your most powerful event-promotion tool
Events are one of the most important marketing tactics for boat dealers, but promoting them is the key to getting the best results. Here are 10 ways to make Facebook your most powerful event-promotion tool from Marketing Profs.