Annual Palm Beach International Boat Show ends at 6 p.m. Sunday

Show features more than 1,000 boats
Posted at 4:14 PM, Mar 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-26 16:17:39-04

A weekend of big boats and big crowds is wrapping up in downtown West Palm Beach. The 32nd annual Palm Beach International Boat Show ends Sunday at 6 p.m.

This year the four-day event featured more than $1.2 billion in yachts, fishing boats and marine accessories.

The show attracts serious buyers, enthusiasts, and dreamers from all across the world. 

“We actually moved down here about nine-months ago, so we have to get a boat,” said Stan Valencis, who is looking to purchase a fishing boat.

“You live in Florida, you have to own a boat. I heard it’s a law,” he joked.

With several yachts more than 100 feet long, others just like to see how luxurious the boats can be.

“It’s a beautiful day, it’s South Florida and the boats are incredible. You have to dream a little,” added former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, who visits the show every year.

Organizers said the show pumps more than $80 million into the local economy.

Parts of Flagler Drive in downtown will remain closed next week as crews dismantle the show.  

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