A merger and a move downtown

The upcoming Miami International Boat Show will now take place at several new downtown locales as it absorbs two formerly separate on-water events.

Unchanged is the time slot on President Day weekend, running from Wednesday Feb. 16 to Sunday, Feb. 20. The event also returns to a revamped Miami Beach Convention Center.

Events now merged under the same umbrella include the Miami Yacht Show and SuperYacht Miami. Show producers Informa Markets hope that roughly 100,000 visitors from around the globe will visit the expanded event now that international travel restrictions due to COVID have been lifted.

Objections from some were heard over the move downtown due to the potential for boat traffic accidents involving manatees, which are already suffering from a depleted food supply.

Instead of issuing the ban requested by the Division of Environmental Resources Management, Miami Dade commissioners approved a cap allowing no more than 150 slips to be designated for sea trials.

Here’s where the action takes place:

Miami Beach Convention Center: The newly renovated venue will feature boats up to 49 feet, engine manufacturers, marine accessories, electronics and retail pavilions.

Pride Park: Here’s where you’ll find “experiential boating lifestyle activations,” entertainment, international cuisine, educational seminars and a marine accessory pavilion.

One Herald Plaza: Expect powerboats, motor yachts 30- to 125 feet, yacht tenders, engines, marine accessories and more retail pavilions.

Sea Isle Marina: Where potential buyers will find over 150 sea trial vessels, additional new and brokerage boats and engine manufacturers.

Museum Park Marina: Sailboats, catamarans and sailing accessories.

IGY Yacht Haven Grande at Island Gardens: SuperYacht Miami featuring the show’s largest, luxurious superyachts.

A one-day general admission ticket costs $40 for adults, $15 for kids. Prime time preview is $60 for adults.

For more info visit: www.miamiboatshow.com.