Strong economic signs fan optimism as 58th Fort Lauderdale …

Fort Lauderdale’s annual marine ‘Super Bowl’ sails back into town Wednesday and early indicators from exhibitors and organizers point to another stellar run for the five-day extravaganza.

Helping to fuel the wave of optimism for the 58th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is an already strong year of boat sales, rising consumer confidence and an upbeat economic outlook.

“We’re expecting a strong selling show,” said Andrew Doole, vice president and general manager of Informa Exhibitions, the event’s producer. “Sales coming into the show are good. We’ve had to change some boats around because boats are sold before they’ve even gotten here.”

More than 100,000 enthusiasts from around the globe are expected to attend the show, which is said to pack a bigger economic punch in the tri-county region than the National Football League’s signature game when it’s been held in South Florida.

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