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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

Free Financial Classes

For Immediate Release August 15, 2017

 

UNITED WAY OF THE FLORIDA KEYS OFFERS FREE FINANCIAL LITERACY CLASSES  

 

Marathon, FL (August 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.

 

Two classes are scheduled in Key Largo in September:

Wednesday, September 13 – 10:00 a.m.

Center for Independent Living * 103400 Overseas Highway, Suite 243

 

Thursday, September 14 – 6:00 p.m.

Key Largo Public Library * 101485 Overseas Highway, next to K-Mart

Classes run approximately one hour and 15 minutes and  also materials are furnished.

 

“Money Matters” 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 open to anyone.  In addition, additional classes, including different topics, will be scheduled in the upcoming months.

Please call to register, 305-797-1704 or email:  vita@keysunitedway.org.

 

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 also government to work together to address community needs. In conclusion, more information, visit our website:

www.keysunitedway.org or call (305) 735-1929.  Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED.

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!

 

Turnkey Opens 11 New Offices

TURNKEY OPENS 11 NEW OFFICES

Turnkey Third-Largest National Vacation Rental Management Company Continues Growth,

Offers Industry-Low Rates for Management Services 

AUSTIN, TX (August 9, 2017) –  TurnKey Vacation Rentals, the third-largest vacation rental management company in the United States, has opened 11 new offices over the past several months to provide professional management services in the fast-growing vacation rental industry.

The technology-enabled company, supported by its local in-market teams, also announces it delivers its services for vacation rental owners at an 18 percent commission, much lower than traditional property managers.

TurnKey’s expansion includes these new markets: Florida Keys, Fort Myers and Naples, Fla., Asheville, N.C.; Hilton Head, S.C.; Winter Park, Colo., Central Oregon Coast; Maui and Oahu, Hawaii; and Central Coast and Monterey Bay, Calif.

The following hospitality and property management experts have joined the TurnKey team:

  • Julie Pond, General Manager, Florida Keys

    Julie Pond Turnkey

    Julie Pond Turnkey

  • Andrea Locke, General Manager, Fort Myers and Naples
  • Nate Thompson, Asheville
  • Cindee Schirmer, General Manager, Hilton Head
  • Alicia Lesmann, General Manager, Winter Park
  • Brian Butler, General Manager, Central Oregon Coast
  • Michael Van Liew, General Manager, Maui and Oahu
  • Kathy Kelly, General Manager, Central Coast of California
  • Wes Walker, General Manager, Monterey Bay

“TurnKey continues to add offices in popular travel destinations to help owners of vacation rental homes generate more income, take care of their homes, and save time and money while also ensuring guests have a superior experience,” says TurnKey CEO T.J. Clark. “Our service is built on our high-tech and high-touch offerings – our technologies allow us to deliver better property management very cost effectively, while our general managers and local teams provide personal, high-touch service.”

Offering a better return on investment to owners, TurnKey charges 18 percent commission, while traditional property managers charge 25 percent to 50 percent commission.

By leveraging technology, TurnKey offers significant value to owners, including an Owner Dashboard that provides real-time financial information such as past and future revenue, payments, taxes, and expenses. TurnKey also provides technology that tracks maintenance and cleaning visits, professional property listings with comprehensive photos and detailed descriptions of amenities, extensive marketing of vacation rental homes on more than 50 rental websites, and local staff and licensed vendors to handle maintenance and professional cleaning.

TurnKey currently manages more than 2,300 vacation rental homes in more than 40 markets. Established in 2013 by vacation rental, travel and online company veterans, TurnKey employs more than 350 people.

About TurnKey Vacation Rentals

Austin, Texas-based TurnKey, the third-largest, full-service vacation rental property management company in the United States. They market and manage premier vacation rentals in more than 40 markets. Founded in 2012, TurnKey strives to make the experience of booking and staying at a short-term rental better than that of a hotel, providing a consistent, high-end experience for guests. By leveraging tech-enabled services and local support teams, the company provides superior service and more income at lower cost for homeowners. The company is led by Executive Chairman John Banczak (HomeAway, BedandBreakfast.com, Hotwire) and also CEO T.J. Clark (Hotwire, IAC, Limos.com). One of the fastest-growing start-up companies in Austin, TurnKey has raised $41 million in funding and has experienced 100+ percent year-over-year growth since its launch.

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CB Schmitt’s Michele Cook

Welcome New Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce Member

MICHELE COOK

Michele began her career as a Certified Public Accountant working in both public and private practice where she focused on taxes. Needing a change, she left her position as partner in a small firm in north Florida. She followed her passion for real estate in 2003 when she became a state certified real estate appraiser. First working in the Jacksonville Beach area and then in the Vero Beach area. Her love of real estate and her passion for the Florida Keys led her to purchase and also manage several small rental properties in Marathon beginning in 2011. Recently she moved to Marathon full time in December 2016 and joined Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate in January of this year as a real estate sales associate.

 Realtor, CPA, Appraiser
11050 Overseas Highway
Marathon, FL 33050
(305) 783-8342
michelecook@cbschmitt.com
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Marathon Lutheran School

Marathon Lutheran School Enrolling Now

Aftercare Tuition Scholarships Funded by United Way of the Florida Keys

Marathon, FL. Marathon Lutheran School is excited to now offer tuition scholarships. Due to the need for after school care for Marathon families.

Children in grades K through 5 can get transportation from Switlik Elementary School to Marathon Lutheran School (across from San Pablo and behind the Napa Auto Parts Building) where they will receive homework help, outside playtime, craft and cooking opportunities, nature study activities, and lots of loving care.  The after school program at Marathon Lutheran School is open until 5:30 PM Monday through Friday.  This care is provided on early dismissal days, as well as most school holidays. An Early Childhood Center for children ages 1-5 is also at this location.

United Way of the Florida Keys is funding the scholarship program with $5,000 in grant money to the school.  This will help offset the cost of aftercare to families. Also so they may have a safe environment to spend the afternoon while parents are finishing their work day.

More information about this program, including enrollment information and scholarship applications, may be obtained by calling Marathon Lutheran School at 305-735-4762 or emailing MarathonLutheran@gmail.com.

Lutheran School Now Enrolling

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.

August 2017 CEO Letter

Dear Marathon Chamber of Commerce Member

While lobster mini-season keeps our hotel rooms, restaurants, and businesses busy; we are all glad when it’s over! We have a lot of exciting initiatives going on over the next few months, since we aim to keep you, our valued business-member in-the-know here is what we are working on.

Seminar #2 on Cyber Security has been cancelled.

First, we have the second of three business-seminars set for this month. As you know education is a huge part of what your Marathon Chamber does. We understand the value of education, and how improving our skills and abilities can lead to improved business performance, profitability, and also longevity. Our Aug. 14th seminar focuses on Cyber Security for Small Businesses. No business is immune to online hackers and criminals seeking to steal your, and/or your customers’ information and data. Plus your liability insurances will not cover any losses from cyber security breaches. We hope you will attend to learn how to better protect yourself, your customers, and your business. Please sign up for this month’s seminar, you will not be disappointed (flyer included in this month’s newsletter).

Annual Chamber Board of Director Elections

August is also when we begin preparations for our annual Chamber Board of Director elections. If you are interested in running for a seat on the Marathon Chamber Board of Directors, please email or contact me to receive an application (also see flyer insert). Elections take place in early September and this year we have six (6) open seats on the Board. This is a great way to help lead the overall direction of your Marathon Chamber and help to have a real impact on our business community.

BIG Raffle Contest

Finally, this month signifies the beginning of our annual BIG Raffle Contest. Winners will be drawn at our annual Awards Banquet on Friday, Oct. 6th at Hawks Cay Resort (please save the date). Again we are offering a vacation package for two (winner can choose from 4 vacation options) as our grand prize ($3,000+ value), or if a vacation is not your cup of tea, the grand prize winner can choose a cash prize of $2,000.00. Other prizes include a stay at Hawks Cay Resort with spa for two, as well as $100 restaurant gift certificates, a staycation in Key West, and more. See flyer insert for more info please. As always tickets are only $25.00/each and we will only sell a max of 500 tickets. Proceeds help to fund our annual Academic and Continuing Education Scholarships to Marathon students and also our business-members.

Have a great August everyone; please be sure to get your raffle tickets and to sign up for our Aug. 14th business-seminar; and be safe out there getting those delicious Florida Lobsters after full season opens up August 6th!

Most Respectfully,

Daniel Samess, CEO

Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

(305) 743-5417

ceo@floridakeysmarathon.com

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August

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Become A Foster Parent

Raise Hope & Foster Dreams

Wesley House Family Services is actively seeking nurturing families interested in providing a loving home to children who are in the foster care system. Please join us for an Information Session on Tuesday, 8/22 @ 6pm in Key West

Foster Family Information Session
Tuesday, 8/22/17  6-7pm

Wesley House Family Services

1304 Truman Ave, Conference Room 1

Key West

To RSVP please Contact: Megan Burgess, Foster Care Licensing Coordinator at 305.809.5020

Or by email at megan.burgess@wesleyhouse.org

Become a Foster Parent

KEYS TOURISM ADVISORY

KEYS TOURISM ADVISORY    July 31, 2017 • 10:00 a.m.

News and Information from the Monroe County Tourist Development Council

Special Filming Event Scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 1

A film production company is planning to shoot portions of a new television commercial Tuesday, Aug. 1, which is to likely result in brief traffic delays that day between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The Enthusiast Network, Inc. is to have support of Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies to help control and direct traffic between mile marker (MM) 65.5 and also 50.8, according to production officials. No lane closures are scheduled.

Aerial and also ground-level driving footage is planned to be shot for Lamborghini car company.

Motorists planning to use the Overseas Highway during the film production window should allow extra travel time to arrive at their destinations.

Filming is subject to change due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

KEYS TOURISM ADVISORY    July 31, 2017 • 8:00 a.m.

News and Information from the Monroe County Tourist Development Council

Road Work to Continue at Key West’s Triangle 

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will continue work at the “Triangle,” where US 1 meets North Roosevelt Blvd. at the entrance of Key West, according to FDOT public information personnel.

Scheduled to be some night time lane closures between 9 p.m. and also 6 a.m., in order to remove existing concrete and place new sidewalks for the relocated crosswalk.

The outer lane, outbound will be the first to be closed at night. Later, the outer inbound lane will be affected.

This project is expected to improve the traffic flow for the turn lanes, and includes the installation of a new traffic control cabinet, pedestrian signals, milling and asphalting, concrete modifications on the island and new roadway striping.

Therefore work is expected to take up to 2 months.

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