Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

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

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Marathon Chamber of Commerce Community Support

We here at the Marathon Chamber of Commerce are so happy to be a part of our amazing community. It’s through our wonderful members and supporters that allow us to donate and support our local charities and organizations.

KAIR thank you letter st. columba thank you letter

Islands of Marathon Events

TAS February calendar art & music festival cabana breezes mardi gras COM family fun fest 2 DAS Harlem Basketball FL Keys Sailing women's class fly on the ford airplane health & wellness program living healthy program Marathon Boat Yard Free Fishing Seminar National Pig Days

Pigeon Key Art Festival

pigeon key art fest 2

January CEO Corner

2015, you’re here already?!

 I hope you all had a great Holiday and New Year!  We had a great inaugural Florida Keys Craft Beer & Bubbly Fest, thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, supporters, and our event partner, The Fishermen’s Community Hospital Foundation.  We hope you all had the opportunity to get out there and partake in our newest event, and of course that you were able to sample some libations while having a great experience.

2015 has some great things in store for us, so let’s list them out:

1)      New look to our Chamber Connection Newsletter; we will also be going digital so please be sure to let us know if you would still prefer to receive your monthly Chamber Connection Newsletters via mail as a hard copy

2)      Hyatt Place at Faro Blanco Resort and Lighthouse Grille is open for business.  This will have a huge economic impact on you all, our local business-members, as well as our overall community.  We thank the Spottswood family, Steven Robbins, the resort’s GM, and his team for doing an amazing job in getting open so quickly while offering a quality product for visitors and locals.

3)      Marriott Courtyard Resort; scheduled to open around April of 2015, will provide yet another brand new name brand resort for our visitors.  Don’t forget, they will also have a restaurant on site for visitors and locals alike to patronize.

4)      Marathon Airport Port of Entry (Customs/Immigration) will also open around April of 2015. Allowing for locals and visitors to travel internationally to and from Marathon Airport, by air or by sea!  This new, exciting service, of which your Marathon Chamber Board donated $25,000 towards; will have a huge economic effect on our businesses and community, now and for many years to come.

5)      Adult/Professional Educational Opportunities for you, our valued members. Your Marathon Chamber plans on offering a plethora of educational seminars for you and your staff this year. Topics will include: Customer Service, Leadership & Management, Conflict Resolution tactics for staff, colleagues, and customers, and more..

6)      Holiday Decorating Grants; where your Marathon Chamber will award fifteen (15) of our business-members each $150.00 to cover costs to purchase and set up holiday lights and decorations, so our Middle keys/Marathon community can look its best during the holidays in 2015!

7)      Our annual Business Beautification Grant Program will be back for its fifth year, where we will award ten (10), $1,500.00 grants for selected business-members who will be improving their façade.

Thank you again for being a member of The Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce in 2014, and we hope you will stay with us in 2015.  If you have any questions about your membership renewal invoice please call us anytime. Want to know more about what the Marathon Chamber can do for you and your business? Please call us to set up an orientation/member benefits meeting; we will travel to your place of business if need be.

Here’s to a healthy, safe, and fruitful 2015!

Most Respectfully,

Daniel Samess, CEO

Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

(305) 743-5417

Holiday Season Events

The Christmas and New Year Holidays are upon us! There are so many things to do here in our little island paradise! Our Marathon Chamber is proud to provide you with upcoming event information. You can choose from meeting Santa, holiday lighting parties, shopping, driving through town and touring the lights, rummage sales, holiday buffets, Craft Beer & Bubbly Fest, and New Year’s Eve Parties! We love to celebrate Christmas island style with lots of holiday lights, outdoor & beach side parties, and delicious food from our wonderful restaurants! We hope you will join us for some or all of our wonderful events!

Beer & Bubbly logo FB Music Vidoe FestCabana Breeze NYE party Celtic Festival 2015 COM December Movie in the park Cookies with Santa Food for thought holiday faire KCB holiday boat parade

BKH christmas boat parade

Crane Point Astronomy Class

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Astronomy Tonight  is an educational program for lifelong learners ages 21 and older.  This program consists of a series of three modules with four sessions of three-hour classes each.  These modules will take participants through a basic understanding of how the study of Astronomy began to joining those that are now looking for habitable planets in other systems far away.  Each week participants will not only be a part of a class but will enjoy a hands-on activity related to the weekly topic.  Participants will be able to continue learning through forum and chat room opportunities.

The final session of the module will include an interactive session under the stars.  Participants will be able to put what has been learned into practice by helping others to enjoy the universe.  The first module begins on January 27th .

Class Schedule and Topics:

January 27 – History & Overview of Astronomy

February 3 – Observing the Night Sky – Binoculars and Telescopes

February 10 – Understanding our Solar System – The Sun and the Planets

February 14 – Solar Observations

Students will receive a planisphere to aid in location and identification of constellations and other cosmic objects and build a simple telescope that will aid in the understanding of the use of optics in viewing our universe.

Cost is $100.00 for registration prior to January 9, 2015.  Cost after January 9 is $125.00.

To register, call 305-743-8889, 305-394-0975 or email .

Classes are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will be held in the Cracker House located at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center.  Entrance to Cracker House is located on the right-of-way near the center of the property.  Look for the sign.

For Crane Point information, call 305-743-3900.


Congratulations Beautification Program Participants

Congratulations to the recipients of our Annual Beautification program. The Marathon Chamber provides members with the opportunity to improve the external appearance of their properties. After an application and selection process, and completion of improvements, participants receive a $1,500.00 grant toward their expenses. In addition, several of our members offer discounts on their supplies & services to the participants. Thank you and Congratulations to all who participated!


December CEO Corner


Happy Holidays to you, our valued member! The New Year is around the corner, so is high-season; which I know all our businesses are excited about.  It felt like the off-season (if we can still call it that) flew by this year.  Not sure about you, but I definitely feel there were no breaks in the action.  But that is also why I love not only my job but your Marathon Chamber of Commerce.  We are always working for you, and seeking new, exciting ways to add value to your membership, and what our impact is on our businesses and community.

Last month you heard me mention our newest event, the Florida Keys Craft Beer & Bubbly Fest.  Well, it is almost here; and we are very excited about our new event.  We are still in need for volunteers, so if you are interested in helping us out for a few hours we would greatly appreciate it.  Our volunteers will receive a complimentary drink ticket for any beer, wine, or bubbly of your choice.  It’s also a lot of fun and all for a great cause.  All event proceeds go to the Chamber’s Scholarship Fund and Fishermen’s Community Hospital’s Foundation.  To volunteer please call or email Rhonda (305-743-5417 / and she will get you set up.

If you are interested in purchasing access to our VIP tent please also contact us to secure your space today.  VIP’s receive complimentary food, beer, wine, and bubbly as well as other goodies; VIP tickets are only $60.00/each.  Lastly, just please be sure to stop by Marathon Community Park on December 27th for our event, have some cuisine from any one of the eight food trucks that will be onsite, try some of the 23+ craft beers, wines, and bubblies we will be serving.  Do some shopping, and listen to our live entertainment throughout the day. For more info please find us on Facebook, or type in

Congratulations again to our newly elected Marathon City Council members; as well as those who ran to be on City Council.  Not an easy endeavor to say the least, and we appreciate everyone’s efforts.  We look forward to working with Chris Bull, Bill Kelly, and Dan Zieg over the next two years, in addition to Councilman Mark Senmartin and Rich Keating.  Looks like a great group that will have some great opportunities to take our City of Marathon to new heights!

The Marathon Chamber Board of Directors, staff, and I are all committed to working for and with you and your staff.  Please be sure to get involved in our beneficial programs; ask questions, and let your Marathon Chamber work for you.  Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s later this month; be safe in your travels, and see you all at the Florida Keys Craft Beer & Bubbly Fest on December 27th from 11am-7pm at Marathon Community Park!

Most Respectfully,

Daniel Samess, CEO

Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

(305) 743-5417

Senior Fitness Class

KCB Senior Fitnesss

Operation Christmas Child

A small gift can make a large difference.
Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced love and care
through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child (OCC). Samaritan’s Purse works
with local groups to deliver the gifts to children all over the world.

OCC was begun by Bob Pierce and continued by Franklin Graham, the son of Rev. Billy Graham.

Please check out the following websites for more information on this charitable organization, and find out how to pack a shoebox gift!

The Middle Keys drop-off center for shoe box gifts is The Marathon Church of God located at

800 74th Street Ocean, halfway down the street in the heart of the neighborhood.
Collection week is November 17th -23th.
Collection Center hours are as follows:
Operation Christmas Child
Marathon Church of God
2014 Collection Center hours:

Mon – Nov 17:  3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Tues – Nov 18:  3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Wed – Nov 19:  4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Thur – Nov 20: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Fri – Nov 21: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sat – Nov 22: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sun – Nov 23: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

305-743-6307 Church & Parsonage

305-304-7118 Meghan


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