Show Will Revive
Marine Stadium Site
Edited by Ann Dermody
The Miami International Boat Show, formerly held at he Miami Beach Convention Center, is moving to the Miami Marine Stadium Park on Virginia Key. The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), which organizes the show, calls the 2016
venue the show’s “island home.” Strictly Sail Miami will be held
at its traditional location at Miamarina Bayside.
The new location comes with the challenge of getting the
expected 100,000 visitors out to the island. Seven water-
taxi pickup locations and 13 shuttle-bus pickup spots are avail-
able for getting to Virginia Key. Central water-taxi pickup
zones have been designated for down-
town and beach-area hotels, and shuttles
will be running from such locations as
Marlins Park, American Airlines Arena,
and Metro Rail stations. Shuttles and
water taxis will run at 15-minute intervals.
Check the show website for the locations.
Note that although there are now
more than 10,000 parking spaces available, the parking lots are spread around
the city. Attendees should check the show’s website beforehand
and have a clear plan. Parking is also available for pre-purchase
on Virginia Key, from $35 to $50 per day. (If you’re parking
on Virginia Key, the Rickenbacker Causeway collects a $1.75
toll electronically.) There are approximately 4,000 parking
spaces on Virginia Key for exhibitors, vendors, and guests.
— MELANIE NEALE
The Miami International Boat Show runs February 11 through 15
( www.miamiboatshow.com). BoatU.S. members can visit
www.BoatUS.com/Tickets to pre-purchase discount tickets.
Visit BoatU.S. in Tent C, booth number C467.
Long-term plans for
the Miami International Boat Show
include fully renovating the Miami
Park, which was
being damaged by