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Financial Literacy Classes


Marathon, FL (July 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.


Tuesday, July 25 2017:

A class is scheduled in Marathon at the Power Squadron Building, located:

5211 Loggerhead, across the street from St. Columba Church.

Class runs from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Materials are furnished.


“Money Matters” and 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 also open to anyone.  Additional classes with different topics will be scheduled in Marathon and also Key West.

For more information and free registration, please contact Loretta Geotis at or call 305-797-1704.


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 government to work together to address community needs. For more information, visit our website: or call (305) 735-1929.  Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED.

Seafood Festival Application

Original Marathon Florida Seafood

Festival Vendor Application is ready

2018 Seafood Festival Vendor Application is ready for vendors! Got to the Website, under the tab at the top “Vendors” click on it and finally the application is there.

Spaces will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Return vendors may receive first right of refusal for previous booth space, however, not guaranteed.

Sponsored by the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce and the Organized Fishermen of Florida.

2018 Seafood Festival Vendor App

Original Marathon Seafood Festival Application

 2nd largest FL Keys event with over 20,000 attendees & growing every year.

In addition premier event for great/fresh seafood and entertainment in the Florida Keys. Bring the whole family for two days and enjoy great cuisine, entertainment, and also fun!

Caribbean Street Fair

Call For Sponsors and Vendors

Caribbean Street Fair

The annual Hemingway Days Caribbean Street Fair, presented by Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA) – and sponsored by Margaritaville Resort and Marina, Pepe’s Cafe, Make It Official, and Aqua, Key West, will take place on Duval Street from 10:00 AM until 10 PM Saturday, July 22 –with the famed avenue closed to vehicular traffic and open to fun.  Street Fair sponsors and vendors needed; for food, drink, arts and crafts. We encourage you to fill out and send in application now. This event which transforms Duval Street into a lively open-air marketplace for pedestrians.  So for vendor and sponsor information call or text Mary at 305–304-0578.

Caribbean Street Fair 2017

Dolphin Tournament

11th Annual Mother’s Day Dolphin Tournament

Join Habitat for Humanity for their Mother’s Day Dolphin Tournament!

Dolphin Tournament



“Fishing for a Cause” 11th Annual Mother’s Day Dolphin Tournament – May 12-13th 2017

The Marathon Boat Yard along with Yamaha, who were this year’s tournament naming sponsor, were in attendance with the anglers, captains, mates, sponsors and also volunteers at the Captain’s Meeting hosted by Key Colony Inn. In total, 100 registered anglers set out to the water in 32 boats. Anglers from Marathon as well as Cudjoe Key to Homestead and as far away as Texas, Georgia and New York gathered to compete in this one day Dolphin shootout. Fishing commenced at 7:30 am on Saturday, May 13th and ended at 3:30pm.

While Anglers weighed their heaviest dolphin catch at Curly’s Coffee and Marina in Marathon, large crowds gathered to enjoy the excitement. The Saturday night Awards Banquet turned into a veritable party at Key Colony Inn with prize money and trophies for the winners; wonderful door prizes and also auction items to attendees. Therefore it was a huge success, raising $55,000 for Habitat Middle Keys which will be used directly toward the build of 4 new affordable homes which are expected to be complete by June this year. In Conclusion these homes will be purchased by hard working families in Marathon at a 0% interest loan.

This year we hosted our first ever Lady Angler Category which was a huge hit!!!
1st Place Lady Angler Darcie Arahill 21.6 lb.
2nd Place Lady Angler Nancy Owens 16.4 lb.
3rd Place Lady Angler Chrisy Meyer 15.8 lb.
1st Place Junior Angler J.C. Carlson 14.6 lb.
1st Weekend Warrior Bruce Boring 36.6 lb.
2nd Weekend Warrior Larry Mills 25.4 lb.
3rd Wkend Warrior Steve Gorcheck 22.8 lb.
1st Place Pro Digger Rodamer 35.2lb
2nd Place Pro Kevin McKeon 18.8 lb.
3rd Place Pro Thomas Torez 17.2 lb.

40th Marathon Seafood Festival A Success!

WOW! What a wonderful weekend we had at our 40th Marathon Seafood Festival. A big thanks to all involved. We had nearly 500 volunteers, 220+ vendors, an estimated 22,000+ visitors, and a beautiful weekend of fun and SEAFOOD. Speaking of seafood we went through nearly 625 pounds of stone crab, 1,300 pounds of mahi, 400 pounds of butter….that’s right I said BUTTER, 1000 lbs lobster, and 155 kegs of beer! If there’s one thing we know about our attendees, it’s that you like to eat and drink! Being the 40th year this year, we added a few new things including supplying some fun yard games like Giant Jenga and some cornhole sets. We also added a fun photo booth and Instagram photo contest. Our winner of the photo contest this year was Suzanne Ferguson from Palmetto Bay, Florida. We have sent her a goodie bag of this years shirt, hat, and mug. If you forgot to pick up yours at the festival come on by our office, we still have some for sale. As always our entertainment did fantastic, one of our returning favorites was Amber Leigh.

We are having our wrap up meeting this week to get some final numbers and can’t wait to update you on the donations and money raised for our local community. For now I’ll send you off with a few photos from the event and we will SEA you next year March 11 & 12th 2016.


Aviation Day

Florida Keys Marathon International Airport

November 21, 2015 9am-5pm

Take Flight

From the myth of Icarus flying too close to the sun to the 15th century drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci’s flying machines, mankind has always been fascinated with the idea of flight. And while aviation in the modern era has made flying an everyday occurrence, there is still the wonder of how tons of metal are able to break free from the chains of gravity and soar high above the clouds.

If the mechanics of flight intrigue you and you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the sunny Florida Keys, don’t miss the upcoming Aviation Day at Florida Keys Marathon International Airport this Saturday, November 21st, 2015. Presented by the Middle Keys Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), this much-anticipated annual event showcases a range of impressive aviation hardware. Spend the day getting up close and personal with World War II military aircraft (War Birds) as well as modern military planes and drones, plus home-built and light sport aircraft, planes in government service including aeromedical rescue, law enforcement and Coast Guard, and even the Keys’ vital mosquito control.

History buffs will especially enjoy the EAA’s on-site aviation museum. Located at the east end of the airport, the museum houses some of the most treasured aviation artifacts in the Florida Keys, including pieces from WWII.

Admission and parking are free for this day-long event that runs from 9am to 5pm. Hot dogs, hamburgers and refreshments will also be served up for purchase, so don’t miss out on the chance to indulge your fascination with flight!

Florida Keys Marathon Airport is located at 9400 Overseas Highway bayside.

Article written by Paul Lambrakis-Bluegreen Corporation. Check out their blog for more exciting Florida Keys vacation planning tips.



Florida Keys Beer & Bubbly Fest December 2015

I wanted to share an article on our upcoming Beer & Bubbly fest from our dear friend and chamber member, Jim Saturday-Senior Communications Editor at Bluegreen Corporation.  Check out their blog for more details on visiting the Florida Keys

September 4th, 2015

If you live in, plan to visit, or vacation in the Middle Keys over the December holidays, you can get a four-day jump on New Year’s Eve celebrations while everyone else is still sweeping up gift wrap.

The Florida Keys Craft Beer & Bubbly Festival in Marathon is a free outdoor food, drink and live music event of the first order. It might be a little early to usher in the New Year—it’s Sunday, December 27, noon to 7 p.m. at Marathon Community Park—so let’s instead say that it ushers in the intent to usher in the New Year.  

And unlike almost any New Year’s Eve party of the same magnitude, there’s no cover charge at this popular Keys festival. You’ll be able to buy all the beer, wine and champagne you want by the glass. But admission to the park, on the Atlantic side of Overseas Highway at Mile Marker 49, is free. You do have the option to buy a VIP ticket, which provides value if you’re sticking around awhile.

VIP ticketholders to the Florida Keys Craft Beer and Bubbly Festival get a variety of exclusive benefits for their $75 investment—which goes to the Marathon Chamber of Commerce’s Scholarship Program and Marathon Rotary Club. The benefits include free entry in the VIP tent where there’s all-you-can-eat VIP food menu, no limits on free beer, wine and champagne, and comfortable furniture with stage views; four coupons for free beers outside the VIP tent; and more.

The Florida Keys Craft Beer and Bubbly Festival might be bookended by Christmas and New Year’s, so it might not necessarily be the biggest party of your week. But that doesn’t mean it still isn’t one of the biggest parties of the year.  Find more details at the festival’s website. Also like their Facebook page. 

Thanks for your write up on our upcoming 2nd annual Beer & Bubbly Festival Jim. We sure hope to see everyone there, we will be sure to have an ice cold beer waiting for YOU!





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

BAH At The Turtle Hospital

We absolutely love our monthly after hours, and this month’s definitely did not disappoint. The Turtle Hospital hosted BAH this month and it was fantastic. With Food & Drink from Lighthouse Grill & First State Bank, everything was delicious. We had a wonderful 50/50 raffle, with lots of prizes to give away too. Perfect weather, lovely live music, and a large crowd of over 200 people. We love our members, our city, and community! Please see below for further information on The Turtle Hospital and how they help, and how YOU can help!

“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.” –

Here are some photos to share from the successful event:

BAH At Dolphin Research Center

This has to be one of our biggest after hours yet! What a phenomenal turnout, thank you so much to DRC for hosting.  Also a big thanks to Centennial Bank for the delicious food and cold refreshments. We had a lot of fun watching the dolphin show and interacting with our members!

Dolphin Research Center was founded as a nonprofit corporation in 1984 by Jayne Shannon-Rodriguez and Armando “Mandy” Rodriguez. Their goal was to ensure the dolphins had a home here for life, and in doing so to establish a unique education and research facility.

The Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions presently living here provide a range of personalities and backgrounds. Over half of our family was born at the Center, while the other members have either come from other facilities or were rescued, rehabilitated and deemed unreleasable back into the wild by the Government and now have a forever home at Dolphin Research Center.


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