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Welcome New Member: Pilates In Paradise

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New Member Marathon Cinema!

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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.

New Member: The New Home Spot

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Stay Adventurous: MARATHON

Check out Stay Adventurous’ Craig Zabransky’s recent blog and podcast on our very own Islands Of Marathon. 
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Commerce Corner

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Welcome New Member: Florida Keys Reel Adventure

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AVIATION DAY 2015

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. www.colorfulplaces.com/destinations/florida/the-keys/

 

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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!

*****CHEERS*****

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Welcome New Members: EZ Waves

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