4,500 Attend Boat Show at Lovers Key


The cold weather last weekend did not keep boat lovers inside as thousands attended the 7th Annual Lovers Key Boat Show and Seafood Fest. Show Director Mark Generales tells Beach Talk Radio News that despite Saturday’s frigid temperatures it was the best single day attendance in 7 years.

Generales said the mix of vendors, boats, food and the relaxed non-commercial environment all contributed to the success of the 2022 show. “Each year we seek to improve everyone’s experience – from our great exhibitors to all the wonderful folks that come out for a day at the Show. 2022 was a resounding success and now we turn our attention to improvements for 2023! And 100% of funds we netted will go to great charitable causes.”

Bob Lombardo from the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs is a co-organizer of the event. “In spite of the cold weather, we had a great turnout from the community. The vendors and Boat Dealers all commented on the quality of the attendees and their great sales results. We will be upping our game with the food aspect of the show next year to have more variety, quality and good price points. With our variety of vendors, boat companies, food and beverage offerings, we want to have something for everyone.”

This event includes over 65 vendors and featured nautical exhibitors selling crafts, clothing, art work, fishing and cruising equipment, nautical gear and other items for the boating and Florida lifestyle, as well as the boat dealers.

Jo Atkinson from Muddy Mary’s Bloody Mary Mud was a vendor this year. “ This is our first time at this show and we will definitely be back and want to reserve this space for next year!”

David Suss from Apparel 4U has doubled his space each year selling Huk sportswear “ I wouldn’t miss this show and always tell other vendors how great it is. I get a lot of repeat business”

Mike Murphy from Marina Mikes said, “We always sell a lot of boats at this show”

Kyle Mills from Bay Marine added, “This is a great show. Sign me up for next year”

Proceeds from the event will benefit Lovers Key State Park, and the Bonita Springs Rotary Club. The two non-profits will utilize the proceeds from the event to help feed, clothe and educate thousands of local school children in the community and to assist Lovers Key State park in the ongoing effort to finish the final exhibits in the brand new $5 million Welcome and Discovery Center.



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