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Future Home For Miami Yacht Show To Better Showcase Luxury Yacht Charter Vessels

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Wow, this news couldn’t come at a better time…

After navigating the congested roads and waterways of Miami Beach the past 4 days at the 2018 Miami Yacht Show, we’re thrilled to announce the show will relocate to the mainland – near downtown Miami, for the 2019 installment of the annual event!

Pending state and federal permits, the show will relocate to the Resorts World property (formerly the headquarters of the Miami Herald newspaper), just north of downtown Miami next to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and the Sea Isle Marina.

Sunset photo of dock of superyachts at Miami Yacht Show



The show is managed and co-owned by Informa and IYBA, the International Yacht Brokers Association (our company President, Jana Sheeder is a member of IYBA). The event runs concurrently with the Miami International Boat Show, which is owned and operated by the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

This year, as in years past, our biggest challenge in inspecting the luxury yacht charter vessels participating in the show is the lack of timely access.  Some yachts are docked along the Indian Creek waterway, in front of the iconic Eden Roc and Fontainebleau hotels.  Scenic?  Yes.  Accessible?  Hardly… There’s only one road running north to south (Collins Avenue) and it can easily take 1 hour to traverse the mile-long row of yachts docked along Collins Avenue.

Further adding to the time constraints, the largest yachts (like 213 foot Codecasa superyacht Double Down, and 180 foot Heesen yacht Quite Essential) can’t fit at Indian Creek, so they are moored at the Island Gardens marina on Watson Island – about 5 miles away.   Traffic congestion and a woeful lack of parking near the show locations exacerbates the access problems.

At 1-800 Yacht Charters, President Jana Sheeder and her team mitigates these problems by moving between the locations by boat.  It helps – but still involves a loss of time traveling between locations, as low bridges force us to cruise a long circuit between Collins Avenue and Watson Island.  Yes, it’s faster than traveling by car, but still far from ideal…

Other transportation options:
-Shuttle buses, but their schedules are irregular
-Bicycles for rent, but not ideal when with clients
-Skateboards, but those were used by crewmembers to zip back and forth between nearby hotels (too far to skateboard between marinas)
-Uber and Lyft – a good option, but inconvenient when only going a block or so

^ Resorts World LLC Miami Yacht Show location ^

The new site on the mainland offers ease of access, ample parking, and Miami’s rapid transit Metrorail and Metromover trains.  This is prime waterfront property – located between the Venetian and MacArthur Causeways.  Whereas the Collins Avenue location had minimal space for on-land exhibits, the new location will include exhibition space for compatible luxury products such as:

  • Exotic cars and vehicles like Bentley – Bugatti – Rolls Royce – Maserati – Tesla
  • Private aircraft like Gulfstream – Bombardier Global -Dassault Falcon – Embraer Lineage
  • Helicopters like Sikorsky Executive – Bell – Leonardo
  • Fashions like Gucci – Louboutin – Chanel – Hermes – Balenciaga – Louis Vuitton – Prada
  • Sun products like Shiseido – L’Occitane au Bresil – Equitance
  • Art by artists like Britto – Chihuly – Xavier Veilhan

Photograph of Miami Yacht Show future site - green grass with seawall in downtown Miami with highrises in the background



Most importantly for our team, water taxi transportation will connect the primary show site to Islands Gardens superyacht marina on Watson Island, where some of the largest charter yachts in the world will be berthed.  Even cruising at 5 knots in a watertaxi should take no more than 5 minutes to shuttle between these two locations.

The new yacht show venue also has the added benefit of proximity to the Miami International Boat Show (MIBS) at the Miami Marine Stadium on Virginia Key (Key Biscayne).

Great things to do in Miami when you come to the Miami Yacht Show:

  • Bayside Marketplace – downtown Miami.  Shopping, eating, drinking, listening to music, tapas, cigars, trendy shops, waterside views
  • Miami Design District – Trendy arts district
  • Wynwood Walls – Just 10 minutes from Downtown Miami. Art galleries. Walls of artistic graffiti. Artwalks. Photography studios
  • Multiple brewing companies – Sample craft beers and visit breweries throughout downtown Miami area
  • Foodie Culinary Tour – Take a culinary tour of the various restaurants throughout South Beach and the Miami Arts District.
  • Waterway Tour – Star Island celebrity homes tour by boat, Monument Island, Port of Miami cruiseships

[Side note – did we mention dozens of great international-fare restaurants located in downtown Miami?]

We’re extremely excited about the future of the Miami Yacht Show.  With better parking, greater access to the charter yachts, luxury product vendors and restaurants, the 2019 show is an event not to be missed!

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It’s Random Acts of Kindness Week  #RAKWeek – Spread the Kindness

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The week of February 14-20 is your chance to ramp up the idea of “being kind” as the world celebrates Random Act of Kindness Week, 2016.  Let’s extend Random Acts of Kindness Week!!!

Logo with animated dog under umbrella that says Random Acts of Kindness Week


Created by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, the week-long event is a way for all of us to “…step up your acts of kindness, be loud with your generosity, and commit to being a better person throughout the year. We believe kindness is a daily practice, but this is a week to celebrate and inspire others to join you.”

There are soooo many things we can do, and sooo many ways to get involved.  All it takes is a bit of time — and a big heart!

A few ideas for you:

  • Smile at or wave to a stranger
  • Hand a cold drink to a police officer directing traffic
  • Compliment a parent on how well-behaved his/her child is
  • Defend someone who’s being unfairly bashed on the internet
  • Put your phone away when you’re at dinner or having a conversation
  • Compliment an employee to his/her boss
  • Donate that bag of clothing items that you really didn’t want to part with yet…
  • Let a person with just a few items check out in front of you at the store
  • Write a thank you note on paper – the snail mail kind – and send it!
  • Give an unexpected gratuity to an employee who’s gone above and beyond for you
  • Write a nice comment on a random blog
  • Say thank you to a postal carrier
  • Give a tip to a janitor because the cleanliness is appreciated and made your day
  • Buy an extra umbrella and give it to someone in need when it’s raining
  • Do something nice and remain anonymous!
  • Buy lemonade from kids’ lemonade stands – and compliment them (always)
  • Change your phone’s alert ringtone to Temple Bells, and every time the bell chimes, state something for which you are grateful (Jana Sheeder calls these bells, “Gratitude Bells“)

Here’s a real-life example from yesterday:

We were inspecting private yacht charter vessels at the inaugural Superyacht Miami Show, when I noticed our company President, Jana Sheeder, bent over picking something up on the docks.  A few minutes later, I saw her do it again.  I asked her what she was doing, and she proceeded to lay a handful of objects out on the dock for us to see.  It was small items of debris – a used book of matches, some plastic, a metal bolt, and more. “Any of these objects could end up in the water, possibly harming the marine environment or adding to our problems with plastic pollution at sea.  It only took a couple of moments to stop and pick these items up and try to make a difference.

Miscellaneous trash items found on dock of yacht marina laid out on the top of a metal dock box

Suddenly, I found myself looking down as I walked along the dock, hoping I too could “chip in” and do my small part…   Generosity and kindness are contagious, and it feels so good to do random things for others and for our community!

Need a little more motivation to jump feet-first into Random Act of Kindness Week?  Sign the online “Kindness Pledge,” and you’ll be on your way to inspire others to do their part in making a kinder world for everyone.

SIGN the pledge here:

We’d love to hear your suggestions of Random Acts of Kindness. Please leave them in the comments section for others to follow your lead in kind acts!

Have a kinder, generous week everyone…  Thank you for making a difference and for being the change with us!

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What is Presidents’ Day, and Why Do We Care?

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Logo with American flag in background and Abe Lincoln and George Washington silhouettes sitting atop of logo

For many of us, the observance of Presidents’ Day in the United States goes pretty much unnoticed. We view it as a day off from work, and a day many newspapers run special “President’s Day Sales!”

Have you ever stopped to think about this important day of recognition, and what it means?

Each year, President’s Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February. It was established in 1885 in recognition of the first President of the United State of America –  George Washington.  Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents.

A quick scan of the internet shows some people feel disdain about our Presidents, past and present.  I did a Google search under the keywords, “Is Presidents’ Day Important?”  Some chains in forums and chat rooms were a litany of vitriol and cynicism.  That’s too bad.

I think many of us miss the point of why this day should be significant. For me, it is less a celebration of the actual people who became US Presidents, and more the recognition of a basic freedom we hold as Americans – the right to freely choose and elect our leaders.

Whether you like or dislike a particular President’s actions and policies, we as free citizens publicly and openly choose our Presidents (and all of our elected officials).  This is a sacred right we hold as Americans – one that brave men and women in our armed forces are willing to lay down their lives to protect.

This Presidents’ Day, I’ll probably do what I usually do – attend the final day of the Miami Boat Show, inspecting private luxury yacht charter vessels to present to our clients for their 2016 vacations.  I will, however, pause for a moment, and give a nod to our Presidents for their service to our country, and of course, I’ll be wearing my American Flag pin over my heart as a reminder…

More importantly, I’ll reflect on the more than 200 years of opportunities that we as United States citizens have gathered openly, and without fear, to freely cast our ballots and elect a President to lead our nation.  We are so fortunate to live in these great United States.


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