Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

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Information is Power

We have all heard the term, “information is power.”  Because the more we know, the better we can understand, solve problems, overcome adversity, and accomplish goals. Your Marathon Chamber values this sentiment, as not only is education one of the pillars of your Marathon Chamber, but it’s also part of your and our success.

Your Marathon Chamber Board recently approved $10,000.00 in continuing education grants to current business-members.  In total, we were able to fund eighteen (18) business-members so they can engage in continuing education opportunities to further their knowledge, skills, and abilities.  All which will have a positive effect and ROI in our community.

Your Chamber also awarded seven (7), $1,000.00 scholarships to Marathon High School seniors to help pay for their college/trade school tuition, books, etc.  Lastly, at our May luncheon, we again donated $5,000.00 to our local (Middle Keys) Take Stock in Children program.  In total we will have awarded $22,000.00 in educational-related grants in 2019; something the Board of Directors and I are so very proud of.  Actually, since 2010 your Marathon Chamber Board has awarded and donated over $120,000.00 in educational scholarships and grants.  Once again we are so honored to be able to provide our members and local students with such funding and to connect them to their desired educational opportunities.

Changing gears a bit

Changing gears a bit; we are excited to announce that our annual Membership Drive will take place this entire month of June.  Please be sure to tell your friends, other businesses, etc. about this program. We have some great incentives for new members to join during the membership drive. Free radio ads, newspaper ads, special discounts on other services, and many more items that will all help your business succeed.  After all, it is due to our growth in membership (and your membership) that we are able and continue to fund such educational endeavors.  Members who refer businesses that end up joining in June will be entered into a raffle to win some great local gift certificates!

Have a great June everyone; please be sure to contact us for any business assistance, needs, and also any advice/help you may need.  Our doors are always open and no request is out of bounds.

August

 

Most Respectfully,

CEO Daniel Samess

Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

(305) 743-5417

ceo@floridakeysmarathon.com

www.FloridaKeysMarathon.com

www.RelocateToTheFloridaKeys.com

www.MarathonSeafoodFestival.com

Island Girl Charters

Welcome, New Member

Island Girl Charters

Fishing the Florida Keys

Get hooked on lobster, fishing, snorkeling, sunset cruises with Island Girl Charters, Marathon.

ABOUT US: HOW I GOT HERE

I have always loved the water as I grew up in Biloxi, Ms. and Ft Walton Beach, Florida. I started fishing with my brother n law when I was 6 years old. We started out on a pier then advanced to offshore on our own boat.

I have been visiting the Florida Keys since I was a teenager and it quickly became my favorite place. About 15 years ago I decided I wanted to try something new. LOBSTERING.  I began looking at YOUTUBE videos and I knew I had to try this so I booked a trip. I had my boat, my GPS, my net, and my tickle stick and my first mate Kevin. NOW, WHAT? Many locals gave us advice such as “go about 3 miles out and you can’t miss them” or “pull Kevin behind the boat with a ski rope while snorkeling, you will find them” So I pulled Kevin behind the boat at 3 knots for HOURS and HOURS for 5 days straight. We didn’t find them. On the 6th day, we found our first hole. We named it Rex Hole (after my dog) we caught a few lobsters there and even speared a grouper.

I soon began planning my next trip

Kevin and I stayed on a small rocky Island known as Pretty Joe Rock. I snorkeled around and around the island trying to catch lobster. I caught a few. We finally decided to take a charter and that was the game changer. Suddenly we were looking at holes full of lobster and also learned how to find the spots ourselves.

The next trip was a fantastic month, we caught lots of lobster. Since then we have acquired 3000 GPS locations for fish and lobster.

Loving to lobster so much, I wanted to share the experience with whoever would join us. I just love it when a friend or relative would surface with a huge smile catching their first lobster. I decided I wanted to do this even more so I got my captains license and masters and opened Island Girl Charters LLC.  

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Seafood Festival Application

Original Marathon Florida Seafood

Festival Vendor Application is ready

2018 Seafood Festival Vendor Application is ready for vendors! Got to the Website, under the tab at the top “Vendors” click on it and finally the application is there.

Spaces will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Return vendors may receive first right of refusal for previous booth space, however, not guaranteed.

Sponsored by the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce and the Organized Fishermen of Florida.

2018 Seafood Festival Vendor App

Original Marathon Seafood Festival Application

 2nd largest FL Keys event with over 20,000 attendees & growing every year.

In addition premier event for great/fresh seafood and entertainment in the Florida Keys. Bring the whole family for two days and enjoy great cuisine, entertainment, and also fun!

New Member: Key Shot Photography

Welcome New Chamber Member: Key Shot Photography

Key Shot Photography’s Bruce and Sylvie Stoll, FL Keys professional photographers, will capture the most important moments of your life! Destination weddings Fl Keys, sunset, beach, boat weddings, family portraits, vow renewals, engagement, maternity, graduation and also special events. Therefore If you want amazing images that speak, have emotions in a relaxed, fun and friendly atmosphere; we are the perfect choice for you.

Photo journalistic mix with a touch of traditional. We approach every photo shoot with creativity and sensitivity and strive to capture all the subtle details of your events. We cover the Islands of Marathon, Key colony beach, Islamorada, Big Pine Key, Key Largo and also Key West. All your images/shots  on a private online gallery for you to view, share and purchase great quality prints and also products at reasonable prices.

Let them Capture Your Love!

About:

Two photographers madly in love that have made Tropical Wedding Photography their Passion. We want you to relax and enjoy every moment as we capture the day of your dreams in this beautiful tropical paradise. Bruce’s love and years of experience on the Florida Keys waters and in the natural beauty of our islands truly shows in his work. Sylvie has 20 years of experience in fashion design, and also a special way of highlighting the natural beauty of her subjects.

Having two photographers shooting from two different perspectives allows us to create a unique, beautiful, one of a kind story of your wedding day. Residents of the Florida Keys for almost over 30 years. We can answer any questions you have about our islands and point you in all of the right directions. We look forward to working with you to capture your special moment in a way that will take your breath away.

KeyShotPhotography

Key Shot Photography
Professional Photography
Est. 2010
Key Shot Photography
Key Colony Beach, Florida
305-481-5551
www.keyshotphotography.com
Keyshotphotography@gmail.com