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SWFMIA Spring Boat Show Moving To Bonita Springs.


Fort Myers, FL  –  The  Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association has relocated its 25th Annual Spring Boat Show, to the Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track in Bonita Springs, March 6th -9th.

“After more than twenty years at the Lee Civic Center in North Ft. Myers it was time for a change and we could not be more excited about this new venue,” commented John Good, Boat Show Manager.  “It moves our show into the heart of a fast growing population base of Southwest Florida Boaters and gives us a great geographical spread for our three annual shows.  We now have a show in Bonita Springs, our Fort Myers Boat Show, downtown in November, and our Charlotte County Boat Show in January in Port Charlotte.”

The Greyhound Track is located on Bonita Beach Road between I-75 and U.S. 41.  The site offers all the space needed for boat and accessory displays in one area and there is more than ample on-site parking.  “We do not see a downside to this location,” says Good.  “It’s convenient, very easy to find and all displays will be in a large paved parking area.”

Nearly all the area’s major dealers will be on hand with hundreds of boats on display.  The show will feature a wide variety of booth displays with all kinds of marine accessories, and services.  Port Charlotte’s “Fishin’ Frank” and his crew of experienced and entertaining guides will conduct fishing seminars all four days of the show.  Frank’s new fishing simulator will give show visitors a chance to experience the excitement of fighting everything from bass to billfish.

This is a great opportunity to see, compare and buy boats and accessories.  Boat shows are always so appealing to the public because you can shop without driving all over Southwest Florida.  But more than that, if you are new to the area or thinking about getting into boating, the show is a great learning experience.  What do you want to do on the water?  What kind of boat fits your budget?  What about financing and insurance?  What kind of accessories do you need?  How about a boat lift?  How can I learn about safe boat operation?   Where are fun places to go on a boat?  You can answer all those questions at the show.

We’re even bringing our Caloosa Café & Pub that is such a hit at our November Show, featuring great food and all kinds of drinks.  And, of course, the Greyhound Track and Poker Room will be in full operation throughout the show.

Show hours are 10AM-6PM, Thursday – Saturday and 10AM – 5PM on Sunday.  Admission is $8.00 (kids under 16 are free with paid adult admission).  Parking is free.  The Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track is located at 10601 Bonita Beach Road SE Bonita Springs, FL  34135.

For more information about the show and about boating in Southwest Florida,  visit or contact:   The Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association.  239-656-7083.  [email protected].