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Stay Adventurous: MARATHON

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Welcome New Member: Florida Keys Reel Adventure



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!





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Welcome New Members: Lime Tree Bay Resort


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.

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