Fort Lauderdale boat show opens with plenty of boats, sun and security

Plenty of boats, sun and positive vibes marked the opening of the 58th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Wednesday as visitors ogled and toured the miles of glistening yachts, boats and water toys.

There was plenty of security, too, which was more pronounced than in past years with the addition of walk-through screening detectors and ID checks at the show’s Bahia Mar Yachting Center main entrance.

The ramped up security was planned before this week’s deadly terror attack in New York that killed at least eight people, boat show officials said.

“Security is on everyone’s minds,” said Phil Purcell, president and CEO of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, the Fort Lauderdale trade group that owns the show. “You’re seeing some stepped up things [and] there are things you don’t see. The whole thing is not to change the experience when you come into the show; it’s just to make it a seamless event and keep the attendees safe.”

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