BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, INC.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA - On April 2, 1513, a Spanish conquistador, Juan Ponce de León, is acknowledged as being the first European to discover Florida and claiming the land for the Spanish crown. He named the new land La Florida, Spanish for The Flower. It is the earliest European settlement. It would eventually fall into the hands of the United States, making it the twenty-seventh state on March 3, 1845.
In this day and age, Florida is the "Yachting Capital of the World," and home to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Fort Lauderdale, Florida will host the 52nd edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show November 1 - 5. The in-water boat show features over $1 billion dollars worth of boats, including, catamarans, express cruisers, jet boats, motor yachts, sportsfishers, sailing yachts, and canoes, alluring an international crowd of buyers. This year, the “Queen of the Show,” will be on display, and is a 257-foot vessel manufactured by Lurssen, a German company, featuring eight staterooms, an elevator, and a helipad for superiority.
The industry's elite ship builders and partners, such as Robb Report, Smallwood's Yachtwear, Elite Traveler, Guy Harvey, and the International Game Fish Association, draw high net worth individuals from around the world to shop in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the most extravagant yachts. There will be over 1,500 boats on display, and over 1,200 exhibitors from over 20 countries, seminars, and boating skill classes for attendees to participate in during their visit to the largest in-water boat show in the world. The show clearly welcomes the global boating community, which covers over 3 million square feet of exhibition space, providing a transportation network of water-taxis, and land shuttles for guests to reach seven different locations. Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2017 show tickets can be purchased online at www.FLIB.com.
Shawn W. Anderson