Sometime this afternoon, Stu Jones and his staff from the Florida Powerboat Club will move into their exhibit at the Miami International Boat Show. And from Feb. 16 through 20, the FPC booth will be humming with activity, especially on Friday with club members stopping by to pick up their VIP credentials for the club’s Miami Boat Show Party that night at Monty’s On South Beach/Monty’s Marina.
But as it has for more than 20 years, the real work for Jones and his team starts after the show has closed. Come Thursday, Feb. 23, approximately 35 go-fast V-bottoms, catamarans and center consoles in the 50-boat Miami Boat Show Poker Run fleet will head from Biscayne Bay to the Faro Blanco Resort and Yacht Club in Marathon, Fla. (Another 15 or so boats will depart on Friday.)
This will be second the time in as many years that the club has chosen the Faro Blanco property as its final destination, but truth be told the move from the Post Card Inn (the former Holiday Isle resort) on Islamorada was a longtime coming.