Dear Marathon Chamber of Commerce Members:

As yet another summer comes to an end, and the fall begins; I can’t help to think about what we have accomplished this year, and what lies ahead.  We have had another record-breaking season, seafood festival, and yes even summer (occupancy, average daily rates, and via bed tax collections)!  Your Marathon Chamber continues to grow and remain a healthy, and active organization dedicated you supporting your needs and success.  We have revamped our Relocate To The Florida Keys website (, offered discounts to members for online social media classes via FKCC, awarded $10,000 in scholarships to Marathon students, and much more.  Looking ahead is also exciting, as we will have two new resorts opening up within the next three to seven months (Faro Blanco Hyatt, Marriott Courtyard).  New customs and immigration services at Marathon International Airport via our Port of Entry in early 2015, and the old Ramada Inn will begin its redevelopment in 2015; and hopefully even more good things to come in the immediate and near future.

This month, you, our valued member will make a 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, which culminates at our Awards Banquet on Oct. 24th at Hawks Cay Resort (save the date please).  Prizes include a luxury vacation of your choice or $2,000.00 cash, $100.00 gift certificates to great restaurants, 2-night stay (plus spa) at Hawks Cay Resort, Marathon Aquarium Encounters experiences, and more.  Tickets are only $25.00 each and benefit our scholarship program; only 600 tickets max will be sold, and with over 8 prizes your odds are very good to win!  Please be sure to contact us anytime to get your tickets before they run out.

Lastly, please be sure to email me any questions for candidates running for local office as our Candidate Forum will take place on Oct. 6th.  We are covering just about every local and county race (Judges, Marathon City Council, County Commission, Mosquito Control, School Board, and US Congress); your input and questions are important to us so please email, fax, drop off, or mail them into me.

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


Daniel Samess, M.S.

Chief Executive Officer

Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

12222 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050

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


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