Boat Show turning into bullies?
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), which operates the Boat Show is not caving and claims that the boat show, which is planned for February 11-15, 2016, is "risking the loss of $600 million in economic activity and 55,000 middle-class Florida jobs." Sounds a bit elitist.
NMMA says that "most guests will park offsite and take shuttles or water taxis to the site; water taxis alone can serve 25,000 guests daily. Only 3,800 prepaid vehicles will park on Virginia Key."
Key Biscyane says, “The Boat Show and City of Miami have yet to submit a traffic plan, despite repeated public requests from the Village.” They are concerned about having a single entrance and exit into the area.
The Miami Open tennis tournament has 13,000 guests a day and they claim it is a nightmare for the Key for those two weeks. The Boat Show claims that up to 40,000 people a day will attend the boat show.
I always felt the tennis stadium was a scam, taking up valuable land on Key Biscayne (yes, I know it was a dump before that, but it was a quiet, desolate dump). The tennis stadium could have been anywhere in the county and people would attend the events. It didn't need to be in a fragile wetlands spot.
With the Coconut Grove Arts Festival nearby and beach goers (and the Seaquarium), that could be a major concern regarding traffic.
Marlins Park has been suggested as an alternative for the Boat Show.
“If we don’t present the Miami International Boat Show at Marine Stadium, there won’t be a Miami International Boat Show in 2016,” Rick-Joule said. “It would really be a tragedy for blue collar workers throughout the area,” said Cathy Rick-Joule, NMMA Vice President for Boat Shows. She fails to say that there is a 74 year history of the Boat Show being in Miami-Dade County and they surely sell millions of dollars worth of boats and yachts here, so for them to leave the county would be totally foolish on their part.
This reminds me of when the Home Depot pushed their way into Coconut Grove and then threatened to close Milam's out spite. There will be a joint session Tuesday, June 16, at 10 am at the Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus’s Chapman Conference Center as part of a mediation process aimed at reaching a compromise. Commissioner Sarnoff will be present at the meeting, it will be interesting to see his take on this as his claim to fame is the Home Depot issue.
The neighbors on Key Biscayne basically don't want anyone to bother them, they don't like people on the causeway, they don't like the tennis tournament, the beach visitors over the weekends and anyone else who doesn't live there.
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