Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

Supporting, advocating, and promoting our local business-members in the heart of the Florida Keys!

SBA Relocates & Deadline

SBA Relocates Business Recovery Center in Big Pine Key;

Closes the Business Recovery Center in East Palatka

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced as the Business Recovery Center (BRC) from Big Pine Community Park Relocates, 31009 Atlantis Drive to the location below and also will remain open until further notice.

Monroe County (Mobile BRC)

Old Bank of America Building Parking Lot

30572 Overseas Hwy, 33043

Big Pine Key, FL 33043

Opens: Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 9 a.m.

Hours:   Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

SBA representatives in the Center can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and also assist businesses in completing the SBA application.

 

 

SBA Deadline for Florida Private NonProfit Organizations

To Apply for Physical Damage Disaster Loans is Nov. 20

 

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding eligible Private NonProfit (PNP) organizations in Florida of the Nov. 20 deadline to submit disaster loan applications for physical damages caused by Hurricane Irma from Sept. 4 through Oct. 18, 2017.

Please note that the deadline for disaster assistance (physical damage) for individual and also businesses has been extended to Nov. 24, 2017.

The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is Nov. 20, 2017.  The deadline to submit economic injury applications is June 21, 2018.

Porky’s Bayside Luncheon

Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

Hosted by Porky’s Bayside of Marathon

 

We are known for our good food and friendly island atmosphere. Our unique location has hosted famous Keys visitors and celebrities since the 1950’s, including such notables as Ernest Hemmingway, Jimmy Hoffa and Elizabeth Taylor.

Originally known as “Bill Thompson’s Villas and Marina”, it was the place to be. We know that it still is!

Our BBQ is smoked daily on premises and we offer fresh local seafood. Share a bit of what the Keys used to be.

Relax and Enjoy.
Thanks from Your Hosts,
Magda and Sean

Support Hurricane Irma Relief

Media Contact:

Kate Bauer-Jones, President / CEO

kbauerjones@keysunitedway.org

305-735-1929

 

For Immediate Release

October 19, 2017

United Way of the Florida Keys Provides Nearly $400,000 to Support Hurricane Irma Relief
Due to the generous contributions of friends and supporters around the nation, UWFK is currently investing $397,700 in direct aid for hurricane recovery efforts throughout Monroe County.

In the weeks immediately following the storm, UWFK has distributed over $20,000 in direct aid in the form of store gift cards and cleaning supplies and tools. $52,700 in emergency “mini-grants” were also disbursed to eight local, established partner nonprofits directly serving individuals and families impacted by the storm. Additionally, $45,000 was dedicated towards hotel rooms to assist residents in the Upper Keys without housing due to Irma related damages to their homes.

This week, UWFK will allocate another $80,000 in additional “mini-grants” to sixteen previously vetted partner agencies, including Florida Keys Outreach Coalition, Burton Memorial Church, Southernmost Boys & Girls Clubs, KAIR, Star of the Sea Mission Outreach, and also many others. Further, an application for an additional $100,000 worth of funding is open to any human service nonprofit engaged in hurricane recovery and rebuilding efforts at www.keysunitedway.org/uwfk-mini-grants-hurricane-irma-relief. There is also a link to the application on the UWFK homepage.

Board of Directors

The UWFK Board of Directors has committed another $100,000 for direct aid and case management to assist families and individuals struggling with the effects of the storm, in managed in partnership with local organizations including Catholic Charities, KAIR, and FKOC.

With support from generous friends and neighbors, UWFK is helping rebuild our community. The rebuilding effort will focus beyond the immediate impact to serve mid and long-term recovery needs in the Keys. This is part of United Way’s ongoing work to support community rebuilding; a role played after first responders’ work is done.

Local United Way of the Florida Keys funding for nonprofit partnerships and our work serving Keys residents comes from donations accepted year-round. If you would like to make a donation, you can access our online giving portal by clicking the “Donate” button at www.keysunitedway.org. Thank you for helping us be the leader in community caring!

About United Way of the Florida Keys:

United Way of the Florida Keys is an independent, local 501(c)(3) organization that has been supporting the Keys community for more than 30 years. UWFK supports strong working families and funds nonprofits that provide critical services to Keys residents. Money raised in the Keys stays in the Keys.

United Way also plays a unique role in convening businesses, nonprofits and government to work together to address community needs. For more information, visit our website: www.keysunitedway.org or call (305) 735-1929.  Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED.  

FEDERAL REEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE

DEO Press Releases

FEDERAL REEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR DISASTER VICTIMS

Sep 14, 2017

Assistance is available for residents and also businesses in declared counties.

TALLAHASSEE, FLA.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is available to Florida businesses and residents whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a result of Hurricane Irma.

Locations for Declared Disaster

President Donald J. Trump officially granted a major disaster declaration request due to Hurricane IRMA. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is currently accepting applications for DUA from residents and businesses in Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, DeSoto, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Orange, Okeechobee, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, and also Volusia counties.

Individuals affected in these designated-disaster areas must file DUA applications by October 16, 2017.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to those who:

  • Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment;
  • Are not able to work or perform services because of physical damage of destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster;
  • Can establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their principal source of income;
  • Do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits from any state;
  • Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster; or
  • Became the breadwinner or major supporter of a household because of the death of the head of household.

Applications

Applications filed after the deadline will be considered untimely and DUA benefits may be denied unless the individual provides good cause. Applicants must submit their Social Security number, check stubs and also documentation to support the claim that they were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred. Additional documentation may be required. To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the date the DUA application is filed.

DUA

DUA is available from weeks of unemployment beginning September 10, 2017 until ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­March 17, 2018, as long as the individual’s unemployment continues to be a result of the disaster. To file a DUA claim go to www.floridajobs.org/or call 1-800-385-3920. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time to assist claimants. For DUA claims information, call 1-800-204-2418 and also choose option 2 to speak to a customer service representative.

SBA Bridge & Disaster Loans

SBA BRIDGE & DISASTER LOANS

Florida SBDC at Florida Keys Community College, along with your Marathon Chamber of Commerce is currently coordinating the Emergency Bridge Loan Program funded by the State of Florida for small businesses.

These are loans intended for operating capital; $50,000 max, six month term, and also no-interest. Application deadline is October 31st. We are also assisting clients with SBA Disaster Loan Applications. Those loans max out at 2 million for both damage to property and economic injury. If you need help for your small business, please register with us via the link below. No cost of our one-on-one consulting. Our program is funded by the SBA, the State of Florida, and Florida Keys Community College. To register please click on the following link; we serve all businesses in our region from Key Largo to Key West.

SBDC Website

Daniel Samess
ceo@floridakeysmarathon.com / 305-849-9688
Kelly Penwell (SBDC Regional Director)
kelly.penwell@floridasbdc.org

OTHER IMPORTANT INFO:
• FEMA Disaster Assistance • SBA Disaster Assistance • SBA Disaster Loan Programs Available
SBA & FEMA Disaster Recovery Center: Open daily from 8:00AM – 8:00PM
Marathon Community Park
3911 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050

SBA BRC (Business Recovery Center; now open in Marathon): Open daily from 9AM – 6PM
Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce
12222 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
• Also contact our local banks (First State Bank, Keys Federal Credit Union, BB&T, Iberia, Centennial, etc.) about personal loans being offered to help you recover and rebuild, many are offering great programs in the wake of Irma.

FREE EVENT:

Legal Help for FEMA registration, Insurance Claims, and also More…

When: Saturday, Oct. 7th from 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Where: Lighthouse Grille Restaurant (behind the Hyatt Place, Marathon)

Disaster

October & Hurricane Irma

CEO’S CORNER

Chamber Members, Friends, Colleagues: 

I pray this finds you, your loved ones, friends, and also colleagues in good health post Irma!  It will be a difficult path and time ahead, but I have the utmost confidence in our City, businesses, Tourist Development Council, and YOU that we will rebuild and recover; and probably quicker than most will anticipate.

Please know your Marathon Chamber and also Board of Directors are here to help and assist as needed! Currently we are focusing on connecting you all to disaster loans and also resources. Also planning on hosting a workshop (stay tuned on date and location) with people to help/assist with SBA and FEMA benefits and insurances.  We look forward to helping our community recover one step at a time, while moving day by day!

Irma Disaster help

Important links & info:

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For more info on joining the Marathon Chamber, or know someone who needs to join, please call/email us at (305) 743-5417 / CEO@floridakeysmarathon.com.  

Remember to call/email your Marathon Chamber for all your business or travel needs, and also anything Marathon!  We take great pride in providing quality services to our business-members as well as our visitors.

The Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce & Board of Directors are committed to promoting and informing our businesses as well as our great destination!
Sincerely,
Daniel Samess, M.S.
(305) 743-5417
ceo@floridakeysmarathon.com
www.FloridaKeysMarathon.com
www.RelocateToTheFloridaKeys.com
Seafood Festival

Luncheon with Sushi Yes Please!

Marathon Chamber of Commerce Luncheon at Castaways

Speakers: Rick Freeburg and Wendy Gentes of Fishermen’s Community Hospital.

With A beautiful boat of sushi, there was also tacos, salad, and also more!

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About the Restaurant

The Castaway was originally built in 1951. Known for many years as a place to get beer and also shrimp steamed in beer.  After all, in 1951 there were many shrimp boats parked a stones throw from the restaurant. If you never met a shrimper, you probably don’t know, but them boys can drink some beer.

In 1999 John and Arlene sailed into Marathon, Florida ending a voyage that began in Los Angeles.  Hence they bought the restaurant and began a new adventure. Oh yeah, they also got married that year, quit their jobs, sailed the boat and also moved to the fabulous Florida Keys.

Now 16 years later (John looks it but Arlene doesn’t) The Castaway is busy again but with an expanded menu featuring all the S’s.  Seafood, Steaks, Sushi, and of course Spirits and as of today now serving 52 BEERS ON TAP.  In addition to seating indoor there is outdoor on the water seating. Service includes lunch and also dinner 7 days a week.

If you are hungry, or thirsty or want to talk to a Captain about fishing, stop in and see us.   We are located at MM48, at the end of 15th St, Oceanside in Marathon.  Reservations are always accepted and also can be made by calling us at 305-743-6247.

Sushi is delicious!

Spiegel Grove

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Spiegel Grove Fish ID Seminar and Fish Survey Dive

ISLAMORADA, August 23, 2017 – On Sunday September 3rd, join the History of Diving Museum and REEF for a specialized Fish ID Seminar @ 10:00 AM, in addition followed by a double dip dive on the Spiegel Grove to conduct Fish Survey dives. Carlos and Allison Estape, History of Diving Museum members and also fish identification experts will be conducting the seminar focusing on species found on the Spiegel Grove.

Registration is just $15, and also easy to do online. Proceeds going to support the Spiegel Grove Exhibit, and also Educational Outreach. Once registered HDM will direct you to local participating dive centers to book your boat spot, additional boat fees apply.

Last chance to see the Spiegel Grove Exhibit

The History of Diving Museum special exhibit honoring the USS Spiegel Grove closes Labor Day—Monday, September 4th.  The exhibit features artifacts highlighting those who served on this great ship, missions it participated in, the efforts preparing her for sinking and also the environmental impact she’s had on the area. Learn about how the Name Plaques of Lifetime Medallion holders helped support the artificial reef effort. The HDM Museum Store has Individual and also Keepsake Commemorative Medallion sets available for purchase. Help support this exhibit and also get your medallions today!

The History of Diving Museum is located at 82990 Overseas Highway – MM 83 and also  is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to “The Story of Man’s Quest to Explore Under the Sea”. Help support educational outreach by becoming an event sponsor or Museum Member today.

For more information visit www.DivingMuseum.org or contact Lisa Mongelia, Executive Director at 305-664-9737 or via email: director@divingmuseum.org. Like us on Facebook, and also follow us on Twitter

Brought to you in part by Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Key Largo Chamber of Commerce and also the Upper Keys Artificial Reef Foundation.

Marathon Community Theatre Auditions

MARATHON COMMUNITY THEATRE AUDITIONS FOR THE NEW SEASON

Marathon, FL (August 21, 2017)

Auditions for the 2017-2018 season at Marathon Community Theatre (MCT). Located at 5101 Overseas Highway in Marathon.

Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10 beginning at 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for the first show, Leading Ladies, a comedy written by Ken Ludwig.

Auditions for the remaining three main-stage productions, Noises Off, South Pacific and Making God Laugh, will be held on Saturday, September 16 and also Sunday, September 17.  Dance and vocal auditions for South Pacific begin at 9 a.m.. Script reading auditions for all shows begin at 12:30 p.m.

Leading Ladies is casting five men and three women.  Noises Off is looking for six men and four women, the wackier the better.  South Pacific will cast 19 men, 13 women, and also two children under age 11.  Making God Laugh seeks three men and two women.

For further instructions and audition packets, visit www.marathontheater.org or stop by the box office at 5101 Overseas Highway to pick up materials.

The packets contain all information including rehearsal schedules and also performance dates.

Auditioning is fun and especially if you bring a friend along to audition with you.  Marathon Community Theatre box office is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Furthermore call for more information about Marathon Community Theatre or to become a member or volunteer.

Business office at 305-743-0408 or the Box office at 305-743-0994.

5101 Overseas Highway * Marathon, FL 33050

Business Office: 305-743-0408 – Box Office:  305-743-0994 – www.marathontheater.org

Auditions

Fishbone Bait & Tackle

Welcome New Chamber Member: Fishbone Bait & Tackle

Come see Fishbone Bait and Tackle for all your fishing needs.
They have some beautiful live shrimp

Lobster gear Super Sale
Bully nets
Led lights
Lobster Kits
Snares
Flags
Hotels
Mask and snorkel kits

Fish guides for all your Florida fun make sure you have all the correct fishing information.

Fishbone bait and Tackle can help you with everything from renting a rod, reel too sunblock or whatever you may need for your big adventure.
2244 Overseas Hwy
Marathon FL 33050

 

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