The third annual Emerald Coast Boat and Lifestyle Show has now wrapped up.
It was the largest year yet, with more than 500 boats valued at over $40 million on display at Aaron Bessant Park.
Local vendors showed off their fishing, commercial, and recreational boats and gave them a chance to show they are still here after Hurricane Michael.
Organizers say this is a great way for the community to come together and begin the healing process.
“Because they’re dealing with so many things, just walking around the boat show feels normal and maybe they’re able to get back a little bit to some of what they really want to do. Or the fact that, ‘Hey, I am ready to get back on the water. I’m ready to get back into boating. I’ve finally been able to get some things taken care of,'” said Jim Cox, host of the Emerald Coast Boat & Lifestyle Show.
Coordinators say the boat show provides the ideal environment for people to replace boats they might have lost during Hurricane Michael.