Boat show hoping to use part of convention center during renovations

 

hsampson@MiamiHerald.com

The producer of the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show is exploring the possibility of using available parts of the Miami Beach Convention Center during anticipated renovations in 2016 and 2017.

A spokeswoman for the National Marine Manufacturers Association, which produces the annual Presidents’ Day weekend show, said Thursday that the group is seeking other locations in Miami and Miami Beach to accommodate parts of the show that will need to leave the convention center.

“Creating a new and improved Miami Beach Convention Center means we have an opportunity to plan for a new and improved Miami International Boat Show,” show manager Cathy Rick-Joule said in a statement. “We have a lot of exciting options as to how we’ll layout the boat show in 2016 and 2017 and that’s a good place to be.”

The $500 million renovation project at the convention center is expected to start in December of 2015 and last two years.

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