MIASF President: Miami Boat Show maintains strong South Florida economy

On Thursday, an opinion editorial authored by Marine Industries Association of South Florida President, Phil Purcell, was published in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, adding another organization to the list of supporters loudly voicing the significance of the Boat Show to ensure their sentiments make their way to elected officials. Purcell says, "The true economic benefit of the show is not just the approximately $500 million impact it has for five days, but the year-round impact it has on all businesses that exhibit. Community businesses benefit greatly as well when the industry's workforce spends its wages at local grocery stores, day cares, car dealers, dentists and countless other businesses in the community." 

Purcell also notes, "The Miami International Boat Show in February also benefits the Florida Yacht Brokers Association's Yacht Miami Beach show on Collins Avenue, which takes place at the same time. These shows support an $11.5 billion marine industry that employs 136,000 people in the region and pays wages that are 28 percent higher than the state average of $46,566."

Click here to read Purcell's OpEd in the Sun-Sentinel, published on Thursday, December 10, 2015.