Due to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) ongoing work in Freeport, the New York Sportfishing Federation has announced that the 31st Annual Forum & Auction (Freeport Show) slated for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 15th, 16th, and 17th has been postponed.

According to New York Sportfishing Federation president, Jim Hutchinson, postponement is the best course of action at this time. “Everyone knows this as the Freeport Show, we can’t just move the show from our home at the Freeport Recreation Center, it’s not the right thing to do at this point,” Hutchinson said, adding “the FEMA center in Freeport is a one-stop shop for local homeowners, renters and business folks to get disaster relief assistance as quickly as possible, that’s the most important consideration right now.”

The New York Sportfishing Federation has been hosting the three-day forum and auction in Freeport for over two decades, and the decision to postpone the event rather than move it elsewhere was not an easy one to make. “It was a tough call, but the Board of Directors agreed that this is the Freeport Show and needs to be in Freeport this year especially as our South Shore anglers look to get their lives back in order after Sandy,” Hutchinson added.

No new dates have been offered at this time, but the New York Sportfishing Federation board is still hoping to find another option for sometime in 2013. For more information as it becomes available, visit www.nysf.org – to have your contact information added to their database, go to the CONTACT page and send an email request to be included in future emailed updates.

On Tuesday, February 12th starting promptly at 7 p.m., the New York Sportfishing Federation board will meet for their regular monthly meeting (second Tuesday of every month at the Bob Sweeney Sportfishing Education Center at Cedar Beach Marina, Ocean Parkway in Babylon. The board is inviting club delegates to take part in the meeting for an update on the show and New York Sportfishing Federation activities in 2013.

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