July 16, 2020

To the Club’s Membership, Seminar Attendees, Sponsors, Speakers and Stakeholders:

With the ability to keep to normal traditions being continuously challenged by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and after careful consultation with stakeholders, the Seminar Committee of the Fort Lauderdale Mariners’ Club has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Seminar titled: “May the Force Majeure Be With You”, scheduled for October 26-27, 2020 at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. The cancellation includes the Club’s annual Golf Tournament that is held in conjunction with the Seminar.

The Seminar Committee wants to thank the following sponsors for their dedication, support and understanding in agreeing to support the 2020 Seminar under these trying circumstances:

Cooper Capital
Cranfill Summer & Hartzog, LLP
Envista Forensics
Farrell Smith O’Connell LLP
Great American Insurance Company
Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, LLP
McAlpin Conroy P.A.
MG+M The Law Firm
Safe Waters Insurance
SEA Limited

While the Fort Lauderdale Mariners’ Club Seminar is a celebrated tradition that our membership, sponsors and speakers look forward to each year to learn from one another, shake hands and strengthen a network of marine insurance professional connections, we trust you will understand that we hold the safety, health and well-being of all that attend as our top priority. The evolving circumstances created an unacceptable risk.

Next Steps:

We will not be hosting any in-person activities at the hotel. If you have already booked your hotel room and have not already cancelled your travel arrangements, please do so directly, unless you are intending to be in Fort Lauderdale for other reasons.

If you have already paid your registration as an attendee, you may seek a refund by sending an email to [email protected] or you may roll your registration over to 2021. The cost of registration may increase in 2021, so your rolling over your registration for 2020 will lock in your 2021 registration at the lower price.

If you are a sponsor, you will be contacted shortly to have your sponsorship refunded or rolled over for 2021.

If you have further questions, please contact AMI at [email protected], otherwise more information will be posted on the Seminar website and on social media in the days and weeks ahead.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and unwavering commitment to the field of marine insurance and the Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club.  We are already looking forward to 2021 and can’t wait to meet with our friends, colleagues and business associates after the current crisis has passed.

Fair Winds and Following Seas,

Michelle Otero Valdés, B.C.S.
Seminar Chair 2020
Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club



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