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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.

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.

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

 

Schooner Wharf Battle of the Bars

Press Release

Schooner Wharf Bar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The 24th Annual Schooner Wharf Battle of the Bars raised $19,202 for local charities Southernmost Boys and Girls Club and the Bahama Village Music Program. The overall total is now $338,954 raised by this high-spirited charity event.

Dan Dombroski, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club, said, “We’re honored to be part of this year’s Battle of the Bars. Simply put, if it wasn’t for support of the Schooner Wharf, all the volunteers and team members, the Boys and Girls Club could not do what we do best–change the lives of children. The support of this event is overwhelming and to witness the sheer spirit of giving is humbling. Events like the Battle of the Bars are the catalysts of change in our community. So, thank you all for allowing us to continue to make a positive change in the lives of children in our community.

Katchen Duncan, Executive Director of the Bahama Village Music Program, added, “The Battle was so fun! Loved all the costumes and team enthusiasm! Thanks for supporting Bahama Village Music Program! This town has some amazing and generous people, and it was so great to spend the day with everyone!”

Twenty-five teams

Twenty-five teams from Keys bars and restaurants were pumped up to win and waged a fierce competition. Excitement was high as the 7-person teams ran the obstacle course, poured and served a margarita, recycled bottles, rolled and tapped a keg, and drank beer.

Bourbon St. Pub’s “Bourbon Boozers” took home the championship title for the second year in a row, along with a trophy, gift certificates and bragging rights, with a final round time of 2 minutes, 5 seconds. Team “Sons of Hamarky” from Hog’s Breath captured second place, and third place went to Outback Steakhouse’s “Boozin’ Onions”.

Also for the third year in a row, The Deepest Pockets award (the team that contributes the most money) went to Salute! On the Beach’s “Beach Bums”. Catered Affairs of Key West’s “Wedding Warriors” was awarded second place, Danger Charters’ “Manscapers” took third place, and Dante’s “Horny Devils” took fourth.

Most Outrageous Team Costume

The coveted Most Outrageous Team Costume went to Sebago Watersports with their “All You Need is Kiss” (multiple costume changes) and second place went to Southernmost Beach Cafe’s “SoMo Savages”. Eleven Honorable Mentions for Costume were awarded to 801 Bourbon’s “So is This a Gay Bar?”, Catered Affairs of Key West’s “The Wedding Warriors”, Cork & Stogie’s “Cork & Stogie”, Cowboy Bill’s “You Better Redneckognize”, Danger Charters’ “Manscapers”, Dante’s “Horny Devils”, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar’s “Lucy’s Lushes”, My New Joint’s “Joint Squad”, The Salty Angler’s “Smokin’ Mad Dashers”, Schooner Wharf Bar’s “Special Events”, and Square Grouper’s Green Machine”.

“Everyone was extremely generous, all in the spirit of giving to two great causes,” said Evalena Worthington, event organizer. “The energy level and excitement to win the bragging rights were amazing. All the teams as well as the spectators were extremely giving, and the creative costumes made it an even more fun and festive day.”

Stay tuned for next year’s Battle date. For more information, please call (305) 292-3302 or visit Schoonerwharf.com or Facebook.

 

Final Times:

Bar/Restaurant                        Team Name                             Time              

Bourbon St. Pub         Bourbon Boozers                    00:02:05

Hog’s Breach               Sons of Hamarky                    00:02:17

Outback Steakhouse   Boozin’ Onions                       00:02:19

 

Competitors:

BAR                                                   TEAM NAME

801 Bourbon                                       So Is This a Gay Bar?

Blue Mojito Bar                                  Southernmost Park

Bourbon St. Pub                                 Bourbon Boozers

Catered Affairs of Key West             Wedding Warriors

Cork & Stogie                                     Cork & Stogie

Cowboy Bill’s                                     You Better Redneckognize

Danger Charters                                  Manscapers

Dante’s                                                            Horny Devils

Gas Monkey Bar & Grill                     Drunken Monkeys

Hogfish Bar & Grill                            Stock Rock Hogs

Hog’s Breath Saloon                           Sons of Hamarky

Island Dogs                                         Raw Dogs

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar                 Lucy’s Lushes

M/V Moonshine                                  Team Moonshine

My New Joint                                     Joint Squad

Outback Steakhouse                           Boozin’ Onions

Red Fish Blue Fish                             Los Green Goes

Salty Angler                                        Smokin’ Mad Dashers

Salute! On the Beach                          Beach Bums

Schooner Wharf Bar                           Special Events

Sebago Watersports                            All You Need Is Kiss

Shimp Daddy’s                                   Shimp Daddy Shrimps

Southernmost Beach Café                  SoMo Savages

Square Grouper Bar & Grill                Green Machine

Willie T’s                                             Bad News Beers

Free Financial Classes

For Immediate Release August 15, 2017

 

UNITED WAY OF THE FLORIDA KEYS OFFERS FREE FINANCIAL LITERACY CLASSES  

 

Marathon, FL (August 11, 2017) – United Way of the Florida Keys is offering FREE Financial Literacy classes to anyone interested in improving their budgeting and also money management skills.

 

Two classes are scheduled in Key Largo in September:

Wednesday, September 13 – 10:00 a.m.

Center for Independent Living * 103400 Overseas Highway, Suite 243

 

Thursday, September 14 – 6:00 p.m.

Key Largo Public Library * 101485 Overseas Highway, next to K-Mart

Classes run approximately one hour and 15 minutes and  also materials are furnished.

 

“Money Matters” includes instruction on how to:

  • Identify ways to increase income
  • Decrease spending
  • Track spending habits
  • Prepare a personal spending plan/budget to help balance monthly income and also expenses
  • List and prioritize financial goals to help you reach them
  • Identify budgeting tools that help you manage your bills
  • Create a personal workable and also realistic plan for your specific circumstances

Class is absolutely FREE and is open to anyone.  In addition, additional classes, including different topics, will be scheduled in the upcoming months.

Please call to register, 305-797-1704 or email:  vita@keysunitedway.org.

 

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 also funds nonprofits that provide critical services to Keys residents. Therefore money raised in the Keys stays in the Keys.

United Way also plays a unique role in convening businesses, nonprofits and also government to work together to address community needs. In conclusion, more information, visit our website:

www.keysunitedway.org or call (305) 735-1929.  Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED.

Marathon Community Theatre

Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours

August 9th 2017. Hosted by Marathon Community Theatre, with sponsors Porkys, Plaza Grill, Brutus Seafood, and Hurricane Bar & Grill.

Become A Member Today: How to Redeem Member Benefits 

Once you have clicked on the show or shows you wish to attend, selected you seats, and decided how you wish to receive your ticket (print or will call at the box office), you will be directed to the payment page. At the bottom left of the page, you will see a box that says “Redeem Benefits”. Click that box and the next page will ask for your email that you provided to MCT and your name. Once completed, you will receive the membership price.    

FREE DANCE CLASSES WITH MEMBERSHIP

Want to tone up? Lose a few inches? Who says you need a gym? Come to FREE dance classes at MCT. Move your body while you learn something new. Never done it before? It’s a great time to start. Summer classes are just for fun – there’s no show coming up to prepare for, no choreography to learn. Dance classes are FREE to MCT members. What a deal, and what a great way to

your summer!

 

Turnkey Opens 11 New Offices

TURNKEY OPENS 11 NEW OFFICES

Turnkey Third-Largest National Vacation Rental Management Company Continues Growth,

Offers Industry-Low Rates for Management Services 

AUSTIN, TX (August 9, 2017) –  TurnKey Vacation Rentals, the third-largest vacation rental management company in the United States, has opened 11 new offices over the past several months to provide professional management services in the fast-growing vacation rental industry.

The technology-enabled company, supported by its local in-market teams, also announces it delivers its services for vacation rental owners at an 18 percent commission, much lower than traditional property managers.

TurnKey’s expansion includes these new markets: Florida Keys, Fort Myers and Naples, Fla., Asheville, N.C.; Hilton Head, S.C.; Winter Park, Colo., Central Oregon Coast; Maui and Oahu, Hawaii; and Central Coast and Monterey Bay, Calif.

The following hospitality and property management experts have joined the TurnKey team:

  • Julie Pond, General Manager, Florida Keys

    Julie Pond Turnkey

    Julie Pond Turnkey

  • Andrea Locke, General Manager, Fort Myers and Naples
  • Nate Thompson, Asheville
  • Cindee Schirmer, General Manager, Hilton Head
  • Alicia Lesmann, General Manager, Winter Park
  • Brian Butler, General Manager, Central Oregon Coast
  • Michael Van Liew, General Manager, Maui and Oahu
  • Kathy Kelly, General Manager, Central Coast of California
  • Wes Walker, General Manager, Monterey Bay

“TurnKey continues to add offices in popular travel destinations to help owners of vacation rental homes generate more income, take care of their homes, and save time and money while also ensuring guests have a superior experience,” says TurnKey CEO T.J. Clark. “Our service is built on our high-tech and high-touch offerings – our technologies allow us to deliver better property management very cost effectively, while our general managers and local teams provide personal, high-touch service.”

Offering a better return on investment to owners, TurnKey charges 18 percent commission, while traditional property managers charge 25 percent to 50 percent commission.

By leveraging technology, TurnKey offers significant value to owners, including an Owner Dashboard that provides real-time financial information such as past and future revenue, payments, taxes, and expenses. TurnKey also provides technology that tracks maintenance and cleaning visits, professional property listings with comprehensive photos and detailed descriptions of amenities, extensive marketing of vacation rental homes on more than 50 rental websites, and local staff and licensed vendors to handle maintenance and professional cleaning.

TurnKey currently manages more than 2,300 vacation rental homes in more than 40 markets. Established in 2013 by vacation rental, travel and online company veterans, TurnKey employs more than 350 people.

About TurnKey Vacation Rentals

Austin, Texas-based TurnKey, the third-largest, full-service vacation rental property management company in the United States. They market and manage premier vacation rentals in more than 40 markets. Founded in 2012, TurnKey strives to make the experience of booking and staying at a short-term rental better than that of a hotel, providing a consistent, high-end experience for guests. By leveraging tech-enabled services and local support teams, the company provides superior service and more income at lower cost for homeowners. The company is led by Executive Chairman John Banczak (HomeAway, BedandBreakfast.com, Hotwire) and also CEO T.J. Clark (Hotwire, IAC, Limos.com). One of the fastest-growing start-up companies in Austin, TurnKey has raised $41 million in funding and has experienced 100+ percent year-over-year growth since its launch.

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