Fort Lauderdale boat show opens to crowds

The 55th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show opened Thursday to glorious weather and curious crowds.

Spectators lined the area around the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel, one of seven show sites.

Organizers expect larger crowds this year for a show that has grown in size and prominence. Online ticket sales have been strong. Attendance is forecast at 100,000 over five days.

About 1,500 boats will be on display through Monday. Increased boat sales locally and nationally are fanning exhibitors’ enthusiasm for the show.

The weather forecast calls for temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s, with clear or partly cloudy skies throughout the show.


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