Miami International Boat Show permits get green light from Miami-Dade County

MIAMI — The Miami International Boat Show has received approval of its Miami-Dade Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER) Class 1 Special Events permit from the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners. The key environmental permit approval comes shortly after the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a state-required environmental permit to the boat show on Dec. 11, 2015.

The issuance of the permit demonstrates that the boat show – including its docks, water taxi routes, use of the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin and all on-water construction and operations – meets county environmental standards and requirements.

Likewise, the DEP’s approval signals that the show is in compliance with all Florida environmental standards and will be held to them by state regulators.

The Miami International Boat Show is typically held at the Miami Beach Convention Center; however, a new show location is required as the convention center undergoes a two-year renovation. The show will be held Feb. 11-15, 2016 at Miami Marina Stadium Park and Basin with vessels on display on land and in the water. 

The permit approvals follows a poll of 800 registered Miami-Dade County voters that demonstrated strong, countywide support for the show’s continued presence in Miami, as well as its move to Marine Stadium.

“Approval of these two permits not only reinforces our long-standing commitment to working closely with all environmental agencies to ensure we meet requirements and continue respecting the environment, but it also allows us to preserve thousands of Miami-Dade jobs and millions of dollars in economic activity for the State of Florida,” said NMMA President, Thom Dammrich. “We are proud to continue our promise to be good neighbors at our new home at Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin for what will be a celebration of the Miami boating lifestyle.”

The boatshow must secure permits from numerous regulatory agencies in order to take place. It expects to hear from the Army Corps of Engineers regarding its final environmental permit for the in-water portion of the show in the coming weeks.

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