Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

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

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After Hours Winter Wonderland

Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce Monthly Chamber After Hours

We had such a great turnout with this Beautiful Winter Wonderland. Delicious food, good times, Toys for tots, Mr. & Mrs. Clause!

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

Porky’s Bayside Luncheon

Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

Hosted by Porky’s Bayside of Marathon

 

We are known for our good food and friendly island atmosphere. Our unique location has hosted famous Keys visitors and celebrities since the 1950’s, including such notables as Ernest Hemmingway, Jimmy Hoffa and Elizabeth Taylor.

Originally known as “Bill Thompson’s Villas and Marina”, it was the place to be. We know that it still is!

Our BBQ is smoked daily on premises and we offer fresh local seafood. Share a bit of what the Keys used to be.

Relax and Enjoy.
Thanks from Your Hosts,
Magda and Sean

SBA Bridge & Disaster Loans

SBA BRIDGE & DISASTER LOANS

Florida SBDC at Florida Keys Community College, along with your Marathon Chamber of Commerce is currently coordinating the Emergency Bridge Loan Program funded by the State of Florida for small businesses.

These are loans intended for operating capital; $50,000 max, six month term, and also no-interest. Application deadline is October 31st. We are also assisting clients with SBA Disaster Loan Applications. Those loans max out at 2 million for both damage to property and economic injury. If you need help for your small business, please register with us via the link below. No cost of our one-on-one consulting. Our program is funded by the SBA, the State of Florida, and Florida Keys Community College. To register please click on the following link; we serve all businesses in our region from Key Largo to Key West.

SBDC Website

Daniel Samess
ceo@floridakeysmarathon.com / 305-849-9688
Kelly Penwell (SBDC Regional Director)
kelly.penwell@floridasbdc.org

OTHER IMPORTANT INFO:
• FEMA Disaster Assistance • SBA Disaster Assistance • SBA Disaster Loan Programs Available
SBA & FEMA Disaster Recovery Center: Open daily from 8:00AM – 8:00PM
Marathon Community Park
3911 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050

SBA BRC (Business Recovery Center; now open in Marathon): Open daily from 9AM – 6PM
Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce
12222 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, FL 33050
• Also contact our local banks (First State Bank, Keys Federal Credit Union, BB&T, Iberia, Centennial, etc.) about personal loans being offered to help you recover and rebuild, many are offering great programs in the wake of Irma.

FREE EVENT:

Legal Help for FEMA registration, Insurance Claims, and also More…

When: Saturday, Oct. 7th from 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Where: Lighthouse Grille Restaurant (behind the Hyatt Place, Marathon)

Disaster

Luncheon with Sushi Yes Please!

Marathon Chamber of Commerce Luncheon at Castaways

Speakers: Rick Freeburg and Wendy Gentes of Fishermen’s Community Hospital.

With A beautiful boat of sushi, there was also tacos, salad, and also more!

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About the Restaurant

The Castaway was originally built in 1951. Known for many years as a place to get beer and also shrimp steamed in beer.  After all, in 1951 there were many shrimp boats parked a stones throw from the restaurant. If you never met a shrimper, you probably don’t know, but them boys can drink some beer.

In 1999 John and Arlene sailed into Marathon, Florida ending a voyage that began in Los Angeles.  Hence they bought the restaurant and began a new adventure. Oh yeah, they also got married that year, quit their jobs, sailed the boat and also moved to the fabulous Florida Keys.

Now 16 years later (John looks it but Arlene doesn’t) The Castaway is busy again but with an expanded menu featuring all the S’s.  Seafood, Steaks, Sushi, and of course Spirits and as of today now serving 52 BEERS ON TAP.  In addition to seating indoor there is outdoor on the water seating. Service includes lunch and also dinner 7 days a week.

If you are hungry, or thirsty or want to talk to a Captain about fishing, stop in and see us.   We are located at MM48, at the end of 15th St, Oceanside in Marathon.  Reservations are always accepted and also can be made by calling us at 305-743-6247.

Sushi is delicious!

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.

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

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!

 

Vintage Weekend Wonders

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

History of Diving Museum presents Vintage Weekend Wonders, Aug. 12-13

Vintage dive event also includes barbecue, lagoon cleanup, and free photo restoration

Islamorada, FL – The History of Diving Museum will hold Vintage Weekend Wonders, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12-13, where visitors can experience a classic diving experience reminiscent of the 1960s TV Show, “Sea Hunt,” and also preserve their own classic photos.

Saturday’s activities, at Lookout Lodge, begin at 1 p.m. include a dive in vintage gear using old Mike Nelson style double hose regulators. There will also be a barbecue and viewing of “Sea Hunt” episodes. Attendees can capture the moment by making digital souvenir postcards with Vivid-Pix Land & Sea software, learn about ways to preserve and conserve our planet with the NAUI Green Diver Initiative and also participate in a lagoon cleanup.

Donation is $15 for museum members and $25 for non-members. Since space is limited, register now for your dive time. Therefore walk-ins will be welcome as space allows.

Sunday’s events, at the History of Diving Museum at Mile Marker 83 on US-1 in Islamorada on the Bay Side, start at 11 a.m. with tutorials on do-it-yourself photo restoration, using Vivid-Pix RESTORE software. Attendees can bring up to 12 photo prints or slides, an SD card or a USB drive, and also Vivid-Pix experts will restore your faded or discolored photos for free! Revive family photos and wedding portraits in seconds. Record and also share your military experiences or travel escapades in vivid color, black & white, or sepia tone movies. Learn how to enhance those old underwater slides to beautiful tropical colors. The Museum will also have guided tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to highlight new exhibit updates.

Sponsors for the event include NAUI Green Diver Initiative, Captain Slate’s Scuba Adventures, Vivid-Pix, Lookout Lodge Resort and also Commercial Diver Services of Florida.

About History of Diving Museum

The History of Diving Museum (www.divingmuseum.org) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to the international story of man’s quest to explore under the sea. It also celebrates the special role that South Florida and the Florida Keys played in this story. HDM hosts a FREE Immerse Yourself educational outreach presentation on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7 pm.

The museum is located at Mile Marker 83 on US-1 in Islamorada on the Bay Side. The museum exhibits and store are pet friendly and open daily from 10 am-5 pm.

24th Annual Battle of the Bars

Don’t miss the 24th Annual Battle of the Bars!

Hilarity for Charity!

 

Worlds will collide in Key West at high noon on Sunday, Aug. 6th, and all are invited to watch the spectacular showdown.

Schooner Wharf Bar will host the 24th Annual Battle of the Bars, starting at noon at the foot of William Street.

            Despite the fierce competition for trophies and a year of bragging rights, the battle is all in the name of charity and has raised $319,752 to date for local non-profits.

“It’s been 24 years, but the enthusiasm, excitement and generosity from the teams is still amazing and ongoing,” said Schooner Wharf owner Evalena Worthington, who drew the very first battle lines behind her bar more than two decades ago.

Benefit The Boys & Girls Club of the Keys Area

Proceeds from this year’s Battle will benefit The Boys & Girls Club of the Keys Area, whose mission is to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens in a safe place to learn and grow; and Bahama Village Music Program, which provides free musical education and instruction to children aged 6 to 16 in our community. The program creates a great sense of community spirit and pride, fosters important mentor relationships and enhances students’ self-esteem.

Teams of seven “soldiers” from local bars and also restaurants compete in a hilarious relay race that tests their skills on the front lines of Schooner Wharf Bar.

The race involves an obstacle course that challenges battle veterans and new recruits to mix and serve a perfect margarita, sort recyclables, tap a keg, pour seven draft beers, carry the tray across a balance beam, and then chug a beer with the team until each member can place the glass upside down atop their head.

Teams with the fastest times advance to the next round. The other teams are encouraged to bribe the judges to buy their way into the next round of competition.

Longtime competitors Bourbon St. Pub are in rigorous training. Capt. Joey Schroeder said, “We set up a makeshift course, including walking over a small plank holding a tray of drinks and chugging.

If someone chokes, he’s off the team.” One of their secrets: “We carb up with French fries — we eat a bunch of fries and then we can drink more. The salt from the fries helps us drink the beer fast.”

He added, “I just want to challenge anyone who thinks they can beat the professional ‘Bourbon Boozers’. It took us 20 years to get it right,” (they took 1st Place in 2014), “but now we’ve got the formula, so bring it on — we are the professional boozers and we’re going for another win!”

In addition to the coveted team trophy for the victors, prizes are also awarded for Most Outrageous Team Costume. Many teams come in themed and also creative costumes. Last year, 801 Bourbon took home the award with their Flintstones characters.

Deepest Pockets

The Deepest Pockets award goes to the team that contributes the most money for the charities. Salute! On the Beach took it home last year, as well as capturing 2nd fastest.

Tony Gilletly, Salute!’s team captain, said, “We are the ‘Beach Bums’! Beach Bums came in 2nd last year, but as much as we want to win overall fastest. We challenge everyone to try to beat us at winning the “Deepest Pockets” award. We love contributing and  also giving back to Key West. As a team we love to be part of having fun, getting together and drinking, but our main motivator is giving back.”

Captain Schroeder added, “We look forward to the Battle every year. All the bars love to get together to raise money for two great causes.”

Registration starts at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 6th and the Battle Cry is sounded at noon. So don’t miss the heated – and hilarious – competition. Come and cheer on your favorite team from your favorite watering hole. It’s all for fun for two great causes!

Teams can still enter: call 305 292-3773. For general info., visit Schoonerwb.com or call 305-292-3302.

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