Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

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

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Welcome New Member: Amy Gertz, LLC– Mental Health Services

11th Annual Mother’s Day Dolphin Tournament

May CEO Corner

Scholarships, Grants, and such!

Now that we are past tax season (unless you filed an extension of course), we can focus on our spring and summer seasons. As you
know Marathon is no longer just a winter destination, but a year round one. In fact our summers (April-July) have become so strong
we typically average about 75% occupancy in our Middle Keys resorts, hotels, and campgrounds! After all it is the best time for
fishing, diving, and all else that brings us in the water. BUT, aside from the great weather and busy summer your Marathon Chamber
remains steadfast in serving you, our valued business-member. In fact we have two programs that are designed to help, support, and benefit you!
1) Currently we are accepting applications for our annual Continuing Education Scholarships, where the Chamber Board of Directors will award up to $10,000.00 in
scholarships to chamber-members who wish to further their skills, abilities, and education; which in turn will allow their business to further improve and thrive. Applications went out
about a month ago and are due May 5th (see application inside newsletter).
2) Also, our 2017 Business Beautification Grant applications recently went out; once again your Marathon Chamber Board will award up to ten (10), $2,000.00
matching grants to help business-members improve the visual appearance of their buildings/facilities.
We are proud to offer these two great programs to you, our valued business-member. By improving business-members abilities through education, and by improving the appearance of
our businesses; your Marathon Chamber aims to raise the status, appeal, and performance of your business so all our businesses can reach new heights!
Have a great May everyone; please be sure to contact us for any business assistance, needs, and any advice/help you may need. Our doors are always open and no request is out of bounds.

Most Respectfully,

Daniel Samess, CEO

Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

(305) 743-5417

Welcome New Member: AAA LIMO


Welcome Members: Huntress Sportfishing


Welcome New Member: Tropical Limousine


New Member Marathon Cinema!


Commerce Corner


Turtle Release!



Meet Aaron. Aaron was rescued in March out of a marina in Key Largo’s Angler’s Club where a boat captain found him floating.  Aaron was emaciated and covered in epibiota.  A rehabilitation specialist picked Aaron up in the turtle ambulance and took Aaron to the Turtle Hospital for treatment.  Radiographs revealed Aaron suffered from an intestinal impaction and lab tests showed Aaron had a heavy load of internal parasites.  Aaron’s treatment plan included broad spectrum antibiotics, anti-parasitic medications, lactulose, vitamins, and a healthy diet of squid and fish.

He has gained over 20 pounds, swims well, and free of internal parasites.

Aaron was released back into the ocean Friday July 17th, at 10:30 from Sombrero Beach. He was fitted with a small transmitter, so you can track his route online at  Here are some photos below that we captured of the release.


It was a very wonderful things to experience and a very large crowd came by to see Aaron off. We want to thank The Turtle Hospital for all their hard work and giving these turtles a second chance at life! Please read below or see their website for more information or to book a tour.

The Turtle Hospital

The Turtle Hospital opened its doors 1986 with four main goals: 1) rehab injured sea turtles and return them to their natural habitat, 2) educate the public through outreach programs and visit local schools, 3) conduct and assist with research aiding to sea turtles (in conjunction with state universities), and 4) work toward environmental legislation making the beaches and water safe and clean for sea turtles.

The Turtle Hospital (Hidden Harbor Marine Environmental Project, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation. The Hidden Harbor Motel provides the space and buildings needed to house and care for the sea turtles. The Turtle Hospital offers Guided Educational Experiences to the public daily 7 days a week. Please call 305-743-2552 for further information and reservations.

The Turtle Hospital contains up-to-date equipment needed to perform a variety of surgeries on different species and sizes of sea turtles. More than half of this equipment has been donated by local hospitals and doctors, and some equipment has been donated by environmentally- friendly organizations and individuals.


A variety of turtle ailments are treated at the Turtle Hospital including flipper amputations caused by fishing line and trap rope entanglements, shell damage caused by boat collisions, and intestinal impactions caused by ingestion of foreign materials such as plastic bags, balloons, fishing line and/or hooks. The most common surgery performed is the removal of debilitating viral tumors, called Fibropapilloma, that affect over 50% of the sea turtles in the Keys and around the world.


The Turtle Hospital and the University of Georgia College of Vet Medicine have been doing cooperative research into the causes of fibropapilloma, the devastating viral tumors which affect sea turtles. This is currently the only known disease affecting wild animals on a global basis. The virus has been successfully transmitted (proving that it is infectious) and current research concentrates on isolating the cause.


The Turtle Hospital has successfully treated and released over 1500 Sea Turtles since its founding in 1986. The turtles are released in a variety of ways and at different locations depending on species. Greens are takento a spot 20 miles north of Marathon in the Florida Bay. Loggerheads are usually released at a local beach or launched off a boat into the gulf or ocean. Kemp’s Ridleys are taken 70 miles west of Key West out to the coral reefs of the Dry Tortugas. Public releases will be announced in the blog and on our social media pages.

Information above is from

Congratulations Beautification Program Participants

Congratulations to the recipients of our Annual Beautification program. The Marathon Chamber provides members with the opportunity to improve the external appearance of their properties. After an application and selection process, and completion of improvements, participants receive a $1,500.00 grant toward their expenses. In addition, several of our members offer discounts on their supplies & services to the participants. Thank you and Congratulations to all who participated!

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