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Miami Boat Show Move to Key Biscayne Contentious, Unresolved

“While the Miami International Boat Show is certainly a favorite among both residents and visitors, its plan to relocate to Virginia Key is a move that if allowed to proceed, would cause major traffic congestion throughout the Brickell corridor and irreparable harm to one of Miami’s most beloved recreational and environmental gems.”

The words above are from Mayor Mayra Pena Lindsay, Village of Key Biscayne, on the issue of the Boat Show coming to Key Biscayne. The Village sued the City of Miami over its plan to move it there next year, consequently, the two entities entered into mediation. An agreement was in final draft, however, it was ultimately not accepted by the Village and the two sides have come to an impasse.

Commissioner Marc Sarnoff led the City in this matter and has provided a copy of what was agreed to at the final mediation session, here. The Commissioner said “We hope that Key Biscayne will come back to the table and accept what they agreed to, but that is up to them.”

In addition to potential environmental harm and major traffic tie-ups and, Village of Key Biscayne residents fear that the City’s agreement opens the door for programming of events all year long at the site besides just the Boat Show. They say that a public process is needed for commercial use of public waterfront land.

Those in favor of seeing the Miami International Boat Show relocate to Virginia Key—necessary due to the Miami Beach Convention Center’s major renovation—argue it’s a huge economic boon to Miami.

In an effort to air the pros and cons of the matter, BHA has is providing the perspective of the Village of Key Biscayne as written by Major Lindsay, and the perspective of the Boat Show organization, from Cathy Rick-Joule, VP of National Marine Manufacturers Association, the organization putting on the show.

Stay Away from Virginia Key/Biscayne by Village of Key Biscayne Mayor

Moving the Boat Show to Virginia Key by National Marine Manufacturers Association