NMMA in legal trouble over boat show relocation

April 2015 News Web Exclusive

Remember a couple weeks ago when the NMMA canceled their big boat show in Chicago? Well, it turns out that's not the only trouble they're having lately. They recently decided to move the Miami International Boat Show to the Miami Marine Stadium in 2016. It had previously been scheduled to take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, but that building is undergoing renovations, hence the need to move the show. Well, the town where the convention center is located isn't very happy about the decision. Or rather, the town's residents are the ones upset about it. The village of Key Biscayne is suing the National Marine Manufacturers Association. The complaint cites the NMMA's refusal to disclose public plans and records having to do with the show. Specifically: "The Village has requested that NMMA produce public records related to the license agreement, but NMMA has expressly refused to do so."

The NMMA responded, saying, "The Miami International Boat Show remains committed to being a good neighbor to Key Biscayne. It is NMMA’s job to preserve the $600 million economic impact the boat show brings to the Miami community each year — something NMMA takes very seriously. NMMA is moving forward with planning the boat show, and is confident it will be held at Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin in 2016 and beyond."

This is apparently just one more thing on a long list of troubles the boat show has had in its journey to fruition. NMMA president Thom Dammrich said, "The city is committed to hosting the show at the venue on a long-term basis, beyond 2016. Are things changing week to week? Of course, and things are going to keep changing until it’s done. We knew that from the outset."

(h/t to Trade Only Today for the original article)

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