The Tampa Boat Show Postponed in Preparation for Hurricane Irma


The Tampa Boat Show, which was originally scheduled for this weekend (September 8-10) at the Tampa Convention Center, has been postponed to October 13-15 due to inclement weather from Hurricane Irma. This announcement comes after the National Hurricane Center confirmed that the storm is now a Category 5 hurricane, and weather radars place south Florida within the storm’s projected path.


Convention-goers who have already pre-purchased tickets for the Tampa Boat Show can redeem them during the newly scheduled dates. This convention, which is expected to draw in 15,000 attendees, will feature both on-the-water and off the water attraction including over 500 boat displays, 180+ exhibits, and educational seminars. Last Tuesday wooden docks were installed at the Convention Center boating docks in preparation for the Tampa Boat Show. These docks will be removed by the end of this week and reinstalled in time for the October show. 


As for Hurricane Irma’s impact on Tampa, experts urge residents to start making a plan now and to stay up to date on the storm's progress. Just yesterday, Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for all Florida counties in response to the storm’s intensification.


Anyone who has pre-purchased tickets for the Tampa Boat Show but cannot attend the October 13-15 show, can contact Debbie Harewood at, to request a refund.


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For additional information, please contact:

Ashley Bauman, Marketing & Communications Director

(813) 274-8262




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