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Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show returns at full capacity for first time since 2019

The 62nd annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show kicked off on Wednesday, and the show is back to its full capacity after a scaled-back boat show took place in 2020 due to COVID-19.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The 62nd annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show kicked off on Wednesday, and the show is back to its full capacity after a scaled-back boat show took place in 2020 due to COVID-19.

The boat show, which brings in $1.3 billion annually, was scaled back in 2020 with limited capacity and COVID-19 precautions. This year, event organizers and city leaders are happy it’s back in all of its glory with about 700 boats on display on Wednesday.

“Another glorious day in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, right?” said City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis at the event.

Fort Lauderdale's famous boat show returns at full capacity

On Wednesday, boat show attendees agreed with the mayor at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, and were visually enthusiastic to see the return of the full-scale event.

“This is our super bowl,” said attendee Chip Lamarca.

The boat industry is responsible for around 8,000 area jobs, so, it’s no wonder this return to normalcy brings a sigh of relief to the community.

“We produced a show last year, but lost a lot of money,” explained boat show organizer Andrew Doole of Informa. “This year, hopefully, we’re back in the black. Something we had to do for the industry last year is make this show happen... it was probably 40 percent of what it was years past.”

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show runs from Wednesday until Sunday.

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Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show returns

About the Authors:

Saira Anwer joined the Local 10 News team in July 2018. Saira is two-time Emmy-nominated reporter and comes to South Florida from Madison, Wisconsin, where she was working as a reporter and anchor.

Janine Stanwood joined Local 10 News in February 2004 as an assignment editor. She is now a general assignment reporter. Before moving to South Florida from her Washington home, Janine was the senior legislative correspondent for a United States senator on Capitol Hill.