Boat show sees rise in attendance
The Palm Beach International Boat Show, held in March along Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, is a mainstay of the global yachting community, attracting high-level boat buyers, charter clients and sport fishing enthusiasts.
Chuck Collins, executive director of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, which owns the show, announced a 7.5 percent increase in gate attendance at the 2018 show. Boating enthusiasts also had more to see, with the number of new and used boats for sale up 6 percent.
The show also offered sport fishing seminars, as well as youth fishing clinics staged by the nonprofit Hook the Future. Through a partnership with Bennett Auto, the event raised $35,000 for Sheridan House Ministries and the Palm Beach County Fishing Foundation.
Leader of the Year — Alfonso Fanjul, board chairman and CEO of Florida Crystals Corp., will receive the 2018 Leader of the Year Award from the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches at a breakfast meeting April 25 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
Alfonso Fanjul and Pepe Fanjul,