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COVID – 19 Updates

The best place to stay up to date for Monroe County about COVID – 19 is: www.monroecountyem.com/1169/COVID-19-Coronavirus

United Way of the Florida Keys

Exciting News

Today we are announcing that United Way of the Florida Keys will be merging with United Way of Collier County, bringing us together as United Way of Collier and the Keys. Beginning in April, this unification will allow us to increase our operational efficiency, reduce duplicated internal processes and gain capacity. This will mean donations will go even further towards serving struggling families in the Keys and strengthening our community.

Our current UWFK programs and Community Investment allocations to partner agencies serving the Keys community will continue….support from Monroe County will still serve Monroe County.

Implementation efforts have already begun. Leaders from Monroe and Collier will serve on the new United Way of Collier and the Keys board, ensuring representation from both areas. Local Advisory Boards will also be created with current UWFK board members as a crucial component to identify needs and spearhead local community investment including recommendations for funding and fundraising efforts. Staff will continue to work from our existing office, as I will still oversee Monroe County efforts.

We appreciate your support of UWFK and hope you will join us in our focus on the future; our combined efforts can and will change even more lives of hard-working, paycheck to paycheck Keys residents. More details will be released soon and we will continue to be transparent through this process with online updates. A press release with additional information is attached or available online. If you have any questions, please reach out directly at (305) 735-1929.

United Way of the Florida Keys
PO Box 2143 
Key West, FL 33045

305-735-1929 

www.KeysUnitedWay.org

Mosaics & More Corp.

Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting for Mosaics & More Corp.

Please join us for a Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting for MOSAICS & MORE CORP! September 20th starting at 4:30 pm, the cutting will be at 6 pm. Appearances by Luis Gonzalez and John Bartus!

August Newsletter

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Diving With a Purpose

Vintage Weekend Wonders

Vintage Weekend Wonders

The Story of Man’s Quest to Explore Under the Sea

82990 Overseas Hwy – MM 83, Islamorada, FL  33036

Phone 305-664-9737

info@DivingMuseum.org

Website

For immediate release:

Celebrate History of Diving Museum’s newest Featured Exhibit: Diving With a Purpose: Restoring Our Oceans, Preserving Our Heritage! All are welcome for the opening ceremony, ribbon cutting and also presentations on Sunday, June 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

The community is invited to join History of Diving Museum and partnering organizations, Diving With a Purpose (DWP) and the National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABS), for the opening of the new Featured Exhibit, Restoring Our Oceans, Preserving Our Heritage! The evening will include a chance to meander through the exhibit, a ribbon cutting reception, and also presentations. We will serve light refreshments.

This amazing exhibit looks at underwater archaeology and how it has been used to understand the cultural and historical significance and stories behind shipwrecks and also more.   Diving With a Purpose is a non-profit focused on the African-American component of these stories. The underwater sites on display range from sailing vessels to slave ships to the Tuskegee Airmen of WWII.

Sunday evening activities include two enlightening speakers. NASA engineer Erik Densen will speak on his involvement with the DWP organization from its beginnings in 2004 plus the various projects they have worked on with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, National Park Service, NOAA, and also others that helped put this exhibit together. The second speaker is archaeologist, Dr. Justin Dunnavant who has also worked closely with DWP and the research associated with African American history in relation to the archaeological sites.

Exhibit on display

The exhibit will be on display through December 31, 2019, with an abundance of events and also special presentations. Some include:

Dive Into History Weekend (June 15-16) with a Saturday morning event at the Museum and an afternoon divea and also marine scavenger hunt at Captain Slate’s Scuba Adventure

FREE admission for dads on Father’s Day

Celebrating PADI Women Dive Day on July 20 with a morning presentation at the Museum from Keys local Karuna Eberl (director) as she discusses her award-winning documentary “The Guerrero Project” covering the 1827 slave ship that sank off the Florida coast. Also, the afternoon includes a Heritage Awareness dive with Sailfish Scuba in Key Largo.

Special presentations and dive trips will continue throughout 2019, so stay up-to-date on social media and at DivingMuseum.org/Featured-Exhibit.

The History of Diving Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Islamorada (MM83), open daily from 10-5. It’s a must see for anyone traveling along the Overseas Highway. Divers and also non-divers alike are astonished by over 4,000 years of “man’s quest to explore under the sea.”

The Museum Store has a plethora of gifts for everyone! Become a Member and also support special programming today.

Irma Recovery Update

Hurricane Irma Recovery Status Update

Greetings Recovery Stakeholders below is a Hurricane Irma Recovery Status Update.

Recovery Update Highlights:

  • Rebuild Florida registration REOPENS!
  • Invitation to Bid for Contractors Announced (Deadline May 9, 2019)
  • Upcoming Business and Tourism Recovery Workshop (June 3, 2019)
  • Business Recovery Survey available now to all Business Owners: Business Recovery Survey (Deadline May 27, 2019)

Hope to see you all at the June 3, 2019 Business and also Tourism Meeting in Marathon.

History of Diving Museum Immerse Yourself!

History of Diving Museum Immerse Yourself! series presents Searching for Escort Destroyer, ORP Kujawiak, with the maritime archaeologist, Chris Kraska on November 21, 2018. 

Before you dive into some pumpkin pie, join HDM as we dive into the Mediterranean Sea in search of a lost WWII naval ship!  November’s Immerse Yourself speaker, Chris Kraska will take guests on the search to find the Polish naval ship his father was stationed on.

Chris’ father was a seaman in the Polish Navy and served aboard several ships in combat. It included the escort destroyer ORP Kujawiak.  While running missions off the coast of Malta during Operation Harpoon in June 1942, the Kujawiak heard a distress call from another vessel. When the Kujawiak went to assist, it too struck an underwater mine and sank to its demise. For decades the ship’s exact location in the Mediterranean was unknown. In 2014, Chris was part of a multi-national team of divers and archaeologists in conjunction with the University of Malta. That located his father’s ship. Over the next few years, they returned to the site, making several dives to map the wreckage and document the condition. In 2017, the team raised the ship’s bell for conservation and also a display at the Maritime Museum of Malta.

Marine Archaeologist

Chris is a marine archaeologist, divemaster and underwater photographer with hundreds of dives in warm waters as well as on Lake Erie.  He is a member of numerous maritime archaeology organizations as well as the Explorers Club and Royal Geographical Society.  His archaeological work has taken him around the world, including excavation on the wreck believed to be the “Lake Serpent” in Lake Erie.  Chris splits his time between Florida and Ohio with his wife Laurie.

The History of Diving Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is opened 7 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm. Divers and non-divers alike are amazed by over 4,000 years of “man’s quest to explore under the sea”. Check out DivingMuseum.org to find out about speakers, upcoming events, group discounts, or private tours. The facility is also available for private meetings and events. Email us to find out more:  programs@divingmuseum.org

Immerse Yourself! Series

The Immerse Yourself! Series, ongoing on the third Wednesday of every month since opening in 2005, is a FREE presentation open to the public. Museum members can call ahead to reserve a seat. Not a member? We invite you to join and help support educational outreach like the Immerse Yourself! series and also other special programming. Join today and make a difference!

Speaker Chris Kraska  with recovered Kujawiak bell

ORP Kujawiak

 

 

Pushing the Envelope

For immediate release: August 14, 2018

History of Diving Museum – “Pushing the Envelope” A Look At People, Projects & Technologies Behind the Technical Diving Revolution (1987-1997) Featured Exhibit on display through 2018

The Opening Ceremony kicked off with guests enjoying light refreshments in the Abyss before meandering through the timeline of technical diving. The exhibit features a rich collection of “who’s who” as displayed through photographs, articles, charts, tech diving gear, and more.  Presentations began with exhibit curator, Michael Menduno. He explained that the project was put together for the TEKDiveUSA conference. It also has grown over the years into an international collection. He provided an introduction to the history of tech diving and how the Florida Keys play an important role in its continuing development.

Other speakers included local legend Dick Rutkowski, founder of Hyperbarics International and also Capt. Billy Deans who founded the first tek dive shop, Key West Divers.  Nick Jenny from PADI’s TecRec division and also Robert Manuel Carmichael of Global Underwater Explorers spoke about how technical diving.  They also spoke about the use of rebreathers is becoming more mainstream and being used recreationally.

Immerse Yourself

The exhibit will be on display through December 31, 2018, and sets the stage for several upcoming rebreather and also tech diving oriented events at HDM.  On Wednesday, September 19th at 7 pm, Lamar Hires will be the Museum’s Immerse Yourself! speaker. He will take listeners through the rebreather evolution and also how it has become what it is today. Later that week, on September 22 and 23, join retired U.S. Navy Saturation Diving Officer Joe Dituri Ph.D. (c) as he speaks on technical and saturation diving from the surface to the deep abyss including scientific missions to 600 meters using a one-atmosphere suit. The presentation will be followed by a double-dip dive on the Spiegel Grove.

In order to understand how we’ve come so far in diving technology, we are going back in time for Vintage Dive Days!  The weekend of September 29 and 30, join HDM as they team up with NAUI Worldwide to provide divers in Key West and Key Largo the chance to use double hose regulators underwater.  Visit our website at DivingMuseum.org and our social media outlets to learn more about upcoming events and also register for your spot!

“Pushing the Envelope” Featured Exhibit

“Pushing the Envelope” Featured Exhibit complements the History of Diving Museum’s core collection of rebreathers and also interpretive which date back to the late 1800s. The permanent collection items on display continue from early development through military use and also on to WWII, expand into the beginning of technical diving.

The History of Diving Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Islamorada (MM83). It’s a must see for anyone traveling along the Overseas Highway. Divers and non-divers alike are astonished by over 4,000 years of “man’s quest to explore under the sea.” Become a Member and also support special programming. Check out DivingMuseum.org to find out more or email programs@divingmuseum.org for details.

 

Speaker Capt. Billy Deans & curator Mike Meduno

Vintage Days

Visitors enjoying “Pushing the Envelope”

 

The History of Diving Museum

The Story of Man’s Quest to Explore Under the Sea

82990 Overseas Hwy – MM 83

Islamorada, FL  33036

Phone 305-664-9737 Fax 305-664-9736

Director@DivingMuseum.org       |       www.DivingMuseum.org

 

Keen Studio

Welcome New Marathon Chamber Member!

Keen Studio!

Keen is comprised of a select group of artists, designers, musicians, illustrators and developers—constantly pushing boundaries and questioning the status quo. A tighter-knit group of creatives there never was. We’re a small studio with big capabilities—and we like it that way.

Our main studio is on the West Side of Grand Rapids, MI in an old 1950s service station.

We also have satellite offices in South Florida and Chicago – allowing us to service our clients better. If you’d like to arrange an appointment, please contact us, we’d love to meet up.

Keen Commerce Corner

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Twins Cleaning

Welcome New Member! Twins Cleaning Services

Twins Cleaning Commerce Corner

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