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If Fort Lauderdale show seems late, wait until 2015

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Does it seem like the show is later this year? It is, but it will get even later.


The show has always been the last weekend of October starting on Thursday, said Carlos Vidueira. He is executive director of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF), which owns the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show.


Thanks to the way the calendar falls, it’s Oct. 31. But beginning in 2015, the show will purposefully begin the first weekend in November.


“Our intention is to move the show back a week to get it out of the rainy season,” Vidueira said.


Although this year’s show is expected to have nice weather, the previous two years were impacted by “back-to-back bad weather.”


To that end, MIASF has come to an agreement with Show Management, producers of the show, to begin opening the show a week later, which would be Nov. 5 in 2015.


Because the show impacts such a large number of people, MIASF considered several other factors before making a change.


“The Monaco show was definitely a consideration,” Vidueira said. “They had contacted us because they want to push back a week to extend the tourist season in Monaco.”


The Antigua Charter Show was considered, too, but Vidueira said there would still be time to get to the island’s show the first week in December.


Only the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Holland is negatively affected, he said.


“They can’t change the date of their show and there is more of a squeeze between the shows,” he said.


Dorie Cox is associate editor of Triton Today; dorie@the-triton.com. Editor Lucy Chabot Reed contributed to this report.


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