Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

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

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Performance Food Group


Performance Food Group delivers more than 150,000 food and related products to customers across the United States, but that’s not all. We build lasting relationships with our customers, doing everything we can to ensure success.



PFG is the parent company to Performance Foodservice, Vistar and also PFG Customized. Each division meets the needs of a unique group of customers and continues to evolve as the industry grows and changes. As a group, we can meet almost any foodservice need, spanning independent restaurants, national chains, vending, concessions, and also more.

One Year After Irma

One Year After Irma

As we come upon the one-year anniversary of Irma, I can’t help but reflect on all that has and is happening.  From tragedy, to rebuilding and repairing, to recovering, and some normalcy; we have truly come a long way. Most of our hotel rooms are now back online, including Hawks Cay, along with some new rooms at The Hampton Inn. We lost a few businesses but gained a few new ones (Isla Bella Resort, Keys Dance Academy, Hampton Inn, etc.), most residents are back in their primary homes but some have moved and relocated. Our hospital took a walloping but is open and serving our community and looking to completely rebuild.  We have new workforce housing units approved and looking to start construction within one-two years, and our canals are being cleaned (kudos to our City of Marathon).

In the meantime your Marathon Chamber continues to remain a healthy, and active organization dedicated you supporting your needs and success.  Since Irma we have been working with our County and City on economic development and recovery initiatives, held countless seminars and events to connect businesses to services, and have stayed the course on our annual programs such as donating $5,000 in scholarships to MHS seniors earlier this year; $10,000 to Marathon Chamber members for continuing education scholarships, $5,000 in scholarships towards Middle Keys students in the Take Stock in Children program, and also our annual Business Beautification Grant Program where we award up to ten (10), $2,000 beautification grants to business-members.


We are also about to host a business seminar focusing on Digital & Social Marketing for your Business. Please contact us to sign up, as a member you receive a discounted rate.  I am very excited about this class as participants will learn how to put your brand/business in front of customers, no matter where they are looking, using digital advertising strategies.  I hope you can attend, please contact us ASAP to secure your space.


Later this month you, our valued member will make another very important decision. Electing seven (7) new members to the Marathon Chamber Board of Directors.  You will receive your ballots any day now, so please be sure to vote!  The Board is dedicated to representing our business-members, as well as setting the overall direction of your Marathon Chamber of Commerce; therefore your vote definitely counts and determines the leaders you wish to have representing you.


You will also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for our annual BIG RAFFLE CONTEST. It culminates at our Awards Banquet on Oct. 5th at (the newly opened) Hawks Cay Resort (save the date please).  Prizes include a luxury vacation of your choice or $2,000.00 cash, a 2-night stay at Isla Bella Beach Resort plus a $100 resort credit (for spa, dining, etc.), and multiple $100.00 gift certificates to great local restaurants.  Tickets are only $25.00 each and benefit our scholarship program; only 500 tickets max will be sold.  Please be sure to contact us anytime to get your tickets before they run out.

Have a great September everyone; please be sure to contact us for any business assistance, needs, etc.  Our doors are always open and no request is out of bounds. While we will never forget Irma I look forward to a fresh start and a strong finish to 2018!



Chief Executive Officer

Daniel Samess, M.S.

Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

12222 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050

W: (305) 743-5417 / F: (305) 289-0183


Isla Bella Beach Resort

Re-imagine vacation traditions.

A beautiful new contemporary 199-guestroom, 24-acre luxury resort in the heart of the Florida Keys, Isla Bella is perfectly nestled on one of the most stunning locations in the region. Opening Early 2019.

Guests travel a tropical winding road away from the world and into a private sanctuary. A Florida Keys beach resort with five pools, multiple dining options, sandy beach, spa and fitness center, conference center, and more on-site activities than you can imagine.

More than a resort, a destination.

The resort is exquisite, with delightful touches you didn’t know you wanted, like bocce ball, fire pits, and hammocks. From backcountry kayaking to world-class sportfishing, you’ll find more activities at your fingertips than anywhere else in the Florida Keys.

A vacation to

What’s your palate in the mood for? Wood-fired, handmade Neapolitan pizza and a traditional Keys seafood menu at IL Postino. Oceanfront tropical cocktails and sushi or poolside burgers and also freshly caught fish. Pull up a stool at the bar, dine in the restaurant, or at the beach.

The best kind of work.

Our beautiful Florida Keys location is the best place to work hard and also play harder. With our 4,000 square foot Hibiscus Conference Center, we can accommodate a wide range of groups and events, from 25 to 300 people.

A match made in heaven.

The perfect setting for your perfect day. Breezy swaying palms, calm turquoise waters. You couldn’t ask for a more beautiful backdrop. With a destination like this, the honeymoon has already started.

Indulge your mind, body & spirit.

Isla Bella will make you feel a world away, especially when you visit IL Mare Spa and also Fitness Center in the comfort of our relaxing treatment rooms.

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Pushing the Envelope

For immediate release: August 14, 2018

History of Diving Museum – “Pushing the Envelope” A Look At Peiople, 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 7pm, 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 PhD(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 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 to find out more or email 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       |


Welcome New Member Brown Distributing Company!

Welcome New Member Keys Dance Academy!

July Marathon Chamber Business After Hours!

Marathon Chamber Business After Hours at Keys Federal July 11th

Members and Guests gathered together for refreshments and snacks from Island Irie Eats in front of Keys Federal in Marathon, Fl.  Keys Federal was celebrating being named NAFCU’s 2018 Credit Union of the Year!

Welcome New Member Hampton Inn at Marathon

            They are the newest hotel to open up in Marathon, FL in the heart of the middle keys. Their hotel is unique and none like any other. It features complimentary WiFi and hot breakfast daily, fitness center, onsite restaurant, resort style pool with hot tub, well appointed accommodations, business center, market and much more!  If you are into water sports they have those too! Operated by a 3rd party but you can do just about anything on the water! Across the street from the hotel is a public boat launch.

  13351 Overseas Highway
Marathon, Florida
   Call (305) 359-3040

Here are a few pictures from their opening day!


Welcome New Member!

Welcome New Member!

Welcome New Member Crown Merchants!

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