Soirée Success

Networking, food and fun

The 64th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) kicked off with the annual Superyacht Soirée hosted by Mayor Dean Trantalis and sponsored by Lifestyle Media Group, the parent company of SFBW. More than 500 international and regional dignitaries, tastemakers and marine industry professionals enjoyed the backdrop of Fort Lauderdale’s beautiful Intracoastal and stunning superyachts. Guests were welcomed by a lively Bahamian Junkanoo Band, courtesy of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, which is one of the boat show’s sponsors. Keeping the energy level amped, a live DJ within the Superyacht Village and a live band waterside played throughout the night. Some of South Florida’s most sought-after restaurants served up chef-curated bites. Featured restaurants included ETARU, Olive & Sea, Timpano’s Las Olas, YOT and Canyon, each serving a signature dish.

The presenting sponsor of the soiree was developer Kushner Cos., which has a major project at 200 W. Broward Blvd. Other sponsors were Informa Markets, which produces the show, the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, which owns the boat show, Pier 66 Sixty-Six Resort, construction company David Mancini & Sons. Inc., attorney Stephanie Toothaker’s Toothaker.org, Audi Fort Lauderdale and Aquazeal, a luxury yacht charter company.

The show, one of the biggest economic engines in South Florida, drew more than 100,000 visitors and showcased more than 1,000 vessels.

According to data from marine industry leader Brunswick Corp., FLIBS had exceptionally strong sales and share gains for many of Brunswick’s brands, including Mercury Marine.

“The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show continues to be a pivotal element of our city’s identity and economic vitality,” Trantalis said. “FLIBS remains a driving force in our city, and we’re thrilled to witness its return with unparalleled enthusiasm.”

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.