FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Fort Myers Boat Show is still gearing up, and organizers are pumped up about the event's turnout so far.
According to show manager John Good, the first day showed attendance numbers up 27 percent.
It's a welcome sight for him and participating boat dealers.
"With the economy being the way it's been, it's been tough. Everyone's been struggling," Good said. "For whatever reason, this year, there's been an entirely different mood down here."
Tom Hansen, with the Boat House, has been a part of the event for more than twenty years, and estimates about 10% of his yearly sales come from the 4-day event.
"The customers get to come in. We get to talk to them, showcase the product, and they may buy a boat from us a year later, or at the show," Hansen said.
The Fort Myers Fall Boat Show features hundreds of watercraft, ranging from less than $1,000 to several million dollars. Attendees can also check out boating accessories.
The show is held at Harborside Event Center and runs through 6 p.m. Friday.
It runs from 10-6 p.m. Saturday and 10-5 p.m. Sunday.
For more details, visit the event's website.