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

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