The annual boat show begins March 26 and runs through March 29 along Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach.
As the new strain of coronavirus continues to spread, the upcoming Palm Beach International Boat Show and Superyacht Show will go on, at least for now, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.
"At this time there are no plans to cancel, postpone or move the shows," said a spokeswoman for Informa U.S. Boat Shows, the event’s organizer.
The annual show begins March 26 and runs through March 29 along Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach.
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Last year the event drew 53,000 attendees, according to the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County.
Top health expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said people can avoid getting the coronavirus by washing their hands and avoiding large crowds where people may be sneezing or coughing.
The Miami Herald reported Wednesday that the Ultra Music Festival, set to take place in Miami from March 20-22, had been postponed, possibly for a year. Last year the annual outdoor electronic musical festival drew more than 100,000 attendees from around the world.
Three cases of the COVID-19 have been reported in the Tampa Bay area.
Currently, Palm Beach County has no confirmed cases of coronavirus, but officials have not been very forthcoming. "The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County cannot comment on current epidemiological investigations," Alex Shaw, the spokesman for the office, told the Palm Beach Post on Wednesday.
A boat show spokeswoman said show organizers continue to follow information "and monitor the latest developments" regarding the coronavirus. This includes staying in close contact with state and local health departments, governments and the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, she said.
Organizers will have extra hand-sanitizing stations available and additional cleaning crews as well, the spokeswoman said.
This year’s Palm Beach boat show promises to be grander than in years past.
New this year is the SuperYacht Show Palm Beach, an invitation-only show at nearby Flagler Museum running March 26-28. Organizers said as many as a dozen megayachts from 180 to 300 feet will be on display.
Also coming is the first U.S. show by a leading superyacht group. The Large Yacht Brokers Association, or LYBRA, will hold its first U.S. show in West Palm Beach at Rybovich Marina in West Palm Beach from March 26-29.
About 30 vessels will be featured, said Raphael Sauleau, president of LYBRA and chief executive of Fraser, the world’s leading yacht brokerage.
A LYBRA spokeswoman said on Monday that the show still is set to take place and would be canceled only if U.S. authorities required it.
The boat shows are set to take place as pressure is mounting to cancel one of the nation’s largest events this month: South by Southwest, the annual Austin music, film tech festival set for March 13-March 22.
SXSW drew more than 417,000 attendees last year. Twitter, Facebook, Intel and TikTok have pulled out of the event this year due to COVID-19.
More than 35,000 people have signed a petition to cancel SXSW, but the show still is set to take place. Organizers say they will have extra disinfectant products for attendees.
Meanwhile, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said people should consider avoiding large events to limit the spread of the disease in the state. Washington state is reeling from nine deaths and 27 confirmed cases attributed to the virus.