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TBH Construction

Introducing the New Chamber Member: TBH Construction

TBH Construction works with all types of general contracting, from small to large jobs. Established in 2001, the company specializes in general building, drywall, stucco, siding, and total remodels. Owner Tom Harmon says their key to success is quality and service.

Right now in this time of need, after Hurricane Irma, Contractors are in high demand. We thank you all for coming to the keys and helping us Rebuild #Keysstrong

TBH Construction

Marathon Chamber

Hello 2018

GOOD RIDDANCE 2017

I hope you all had a great Holiday and New Year’s, here is to 2018! Usually in my January letter I discuss how great the previous year was, our accomplishments,
etc. After Irma, it’s (admittedly so) difficult to do this. However, now that we are passed the worst of it; we can focus on the finish
line, and yes I can see the light ahead! Finish line meaning getting the rest of the debris picked up and hauled away, getting locals back into
their homes, and seeing businesses and resorts that are still down due to damages back up and running. Our focus has to be a strong finish
so we can push forward and step into the light. It will take discipline, patience, and persistence.

 

Discipline, patience, and persistence:

• Discipline: understanding that this high-season and summer will not yield revenues like years past. So we must budget accordingly; please know this doesn’t mean making cuts that will hurt your business, productivity, and quality. Think “efficiency” rather than just reductions. Think of lean, smart, and innovative ways to keep things afloat and running. On a personal level it may mean postponing that big vacation or addition to your home till next year; or the purchase of luxury items that are “wants” and not “needs.”
• Patience: things will improve and get better. “The new normal” as locals refer to post Irma will eventually revert back to just normal. Once our islands are back and looking great, all businesses up and running, and all services available for visitors and locals; we will get back to “normal.” But have patience, don’t rush the process in ways that may cause unintended consequences. Remain persistent, tenacious and what not, but have patience.
• Persistence: speaking of, be persistent and tenacious. Work hard, don’t give up or give in. We are a tight-knit community so please reach out for assistance or help. Your Marathon Chamber is here for you no matter what! Contact me anytime, please! There are other great and free resources out there for you as well and we/I am happy to connect you to any of them (financial, and/or business guidance, counseling, marketing/advertising/PR, etc.). One of my favorite attributes Keys business owners have is stubbornness. Use this in an effective, efficient, and positive manner to get through the home stretch of Irma’s recovery.

2018 begins:

As 2018 begins we again have high goals and standards to ensure that we are best serving you and our other 575+ business members. We have again budgeted to award $10,000 in continuing education scholarships to Marathon Chamber members as well as to host a number of educational seminars to help further expand your knowledge, skills, and abilities. We will also award our Business Beautification Grants again in 2018 so please keep a watchful eye out for this and other programs so you can take full advantage of your membership with us.

Thank you again for being a member of The Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce in 2017, we look forward to again serving you in 2018. If you have any questions about your membership renewal invoice please call us anytime. Want to know more about what the Marathon Chamber can do for you and your business? Please call us to set up an orientation/member benefits meeting; we will travel to your place of business if need be. Our mission is to serve you; and also I look forward to doing just that yet again in 2018.

Hears to a healthy, safe, and fruitful 2018!

Daniel Samess

Daniel Samess, M.S. • Chief Executive Officer • Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce • 12222 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050 • W: (305) 743-5417 / F: (305) 289-0183
email: ceo@floridakeysmarathon.comMarathon Chamberwww.RelocateToTheFloridaKeys.comwww.MarathonSeafoodFestival.com

INSURANCE CLAIM INFORMATION

The Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

As we have done and will continue to do; your Marathon Chamber
of Commerce aims to connect, inform, and empower our members
to services and information to assist you and your business post Irma.
The event below is one we recommend you attend and share with
your colleagues, friends, and neighbors.
Thank you,
Daniel Samess
CEO, Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce
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INSURANCE CLAIM INFORMATIONAL SEMINAR/EVENT

For Immediate Release:
Your local law firm (and fellow Marathon Chamber of Commerce member) of
Campbell & Malafy joined by their associates at Weisbrod, Matteis & Copley of
Washington, DC will be hosting an informational meeting to discuss issues
related to business and individual hurricane related insurance claims.
Date: Thursday, December 7th
Time: 5:30PM – 7:00PM
Place: Lighthouse Grille Restaurant, Captains Room (behind The Hyatt Place in
Marathon)
1994 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050
Food and refreshments will be provided.
Please join us.
Seating and room capacity is limited to about 75 people, first come first serve
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WAS YOUR PROPERTY DAMAGED IN THE HURRICANE?
IS YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY TREATING YOU FAIRLY?

If you feel that your property damages are greater than what your insurance
company is willing to pay, you may need the services of a local law firm. Our
firm is prepared to help you with your hurricane insurance claim.
Contact our firm for a free consultation, we will not charge you a fee or costs
unless you get a recovery, our local law firm will partner with other firms to ensure
that you receive proper representation.
LAW OFFICES OF CAMPBELL & MALAFY
10887 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
Tel: 1-305-743-2492
rmalafy@msn.com

Marathon Chamber of Commerce

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

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