Okeechobee Road closure won’t disrupt convention, tourism leaders say

All Aboard Florida‘s planned closure of Okeechobee Boulevard should not impact convention-goers set to descend on the Palm Beach County Convention Center next week, tourism leaders said Thursday.

Members of the county’s Tourist Development Council expressed concern last month that the road work could bad for business at the nearby convention center and urged All Aboard to delay the closure.

But after meeting with city officials, tourism leaders said Thursday that the work should not disturb the convention.

More than 1,400 convention-goers are expected will be in town Tuesday to attend the American Helicopter Society International’s annual forum and technology display.

“We have had good conversations,” Glenn Jergensen, executive director of the county’s Tourist Development Council said Thursday.

Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO of Discover The Palm Beaches, said his organization has worked closely with the city to plan detour routes to help move people from hotels located east of the construction site to the convention center on the western side of the train tracks.

“Everybody is on board,” Pesquera said. “I think all-in-all, given the unfortunate thing that it happened during the same time as the convention, hopefully things will go smoothly…Everybody is now well informed.”

All Aboard’s rail work is set to close Okeechobee Boulevard at the Florida East Coast Railway tracks for four days, beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday and ending at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.