On Friday, the Executive Committee of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau announced in a letter to Miami International Boat Show Director, Cathy Rick-Joule, its unanimous consent to support the Miami Boat Show in its efforts to relocate to Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin. The GMCVB is another organization added to the growing list of Miami-Dade companies and groups adding their support to the Miami Boat Show, reinforcing the importance of the Show to the local community. Click here to read the GMCVB letter to Rick-Joule. The support comes ahead of a meeting on Tuesday of the Miami-Dade County Commission, where it will vote on one of the Boat Show's environmental permits for the in-water portion of the Show.
Beyond industry organizations and local business support, last week, the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and seven other Miami-Dade companies andlabor unions announced results from an independent poll they commissioned showing broad support for the show from Miami-Dade residents. An overwhelming 87% of registered Miami-Dade County voters expressed their support for the Show to continue its 74-year legacy in the community. Additionally, a decisive majority – 51% vs 23% – favor moving the Boat Show from Miami Beach to Virginia Key, a move that has been prompted by major renovation work at the Show’s longtime home, the Miami Beach Convention Center. Furthermore, when asked if they supported the move despite the Village of Key Biscayne’s widely-documented objections, poll respondents remained firm, supporting the move by a solid 46% to 31% margin. Click here to read about the poll.