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www.midkeysmarine.com Those who are fortunate enough to live and work in the Keys realize the importance of protecting our greatest assets – the community and environment. For more than 24 years, the Middle Keys Marine Association (MKMA) has been a partner both on land and in the tranquil waters surrounding the Florida Keys. Composed of a diverse collection of marine tradesmen and skilled artisans, MKMA has become a leading supporter of community and civic events and continually offers scholarships to the students of Monroe County. For more information on choosing the right service for your vessel, please look for within this publication, or simply pick up a copy of MKMA’s “Guide to Florida Keys Marine Services, a Boater’s Guide to Professional Marine Services in the Keys.” Available at member facilities and information kiosks throughout the Keys. MEMBER OF

Our Mission

The Middle Keys Marine Association’s objectives are to advance the education of those engaged in the marine industry, to promote prosperity within the industry, to convey to our membership and the public reliable information on matters concerning marine interests, to solicit from our membership problems or issues facing the industry, to promote the general interests of the marine industry and to protect and/or improve conditions related to the marine industries, waterways and related facilities.

Unifying an Industry since 1994 Our Membership

All Keys Diesel Repair, Inc. Artic-Temp, Inc. Bottoms & Props Captain for Hire Coastal Docks, LLC Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce Hawks Cay Resort & Marina Key Colony Beach Marina Keys Boat Works, Inc. Keys Fisheries Market & Marina Keys Rigging, Inc. Lazy Days South Marathon Auto & Marine Services Marathon Diesel Repair & Service Marathon Marina Marathon Prop, LLC Marathon Yacht Club March Hare Marine Services Napa Auto Parts of Marathon Overseas Outfitters Pancho’s Fuel Dock Porky’s Bayside Restaurant & Marina SALT Service, Inc. Sea\\Tow Islamorada/Marathon Shelter Bay Marine, Inc. Shoreline Signs by Renee South Seas Rigging Southeast Marine Construction Sunset Grille & Raw Bar The Island Fish Company The Weekly Newspapers TowBoat U.S. – Marathon

Honorary Members

Florida Keys Community College Serial Design Group


Marathon City Council

CONTENTS

• Mayor Michelle Coldiron • Vice Mayor John Bartus • Council Member Steve Cook • Council Member Mark Senmartin • Council Member Dan Zieg • City Manager Chuck Lindsey • Chief of Police Capt. Don Hiller • Fire Chief John Johnson

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Three Dinghy Options

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State of the Harbor

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ON THE COVER: Morgan Mizner took this photo of Boot Key Harbor with a drone a few weeks after Hurricane Irma hit the Keys. He used a Drone (DJI Phantom 4 Pro) to capture the image. He lives in Texas and was in the Keys to help a family member with home repairs. “It was a bit late in the season, but I got some nice pictures of the Milky Way and harbor.”

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About this issue Many people and organizations were instrumental in making the 2016/2017 Boot Key Cruiser’s Guide a success. The staff at The Weekly Newspapers would like to thank Sean Cannon and the entire staff at the Marathon City Marina, the Middle Keys Marine Association, the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce, the City of Marathon and the Cruisers Net.

Safety

Jason Koler | jason@keysweekly.com CONTENT&DESIGN Sara Matthis | sara@keysweekly.com Javier Reyes | javier@keysweekly.com

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About City Marina

SALES&MARKETING Lesley Aaron | lesley@keysweekly.com Anneke Patterson | anneke@keysweekly.com

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Giving Back

Travis Cready | travis@keysweekly.com John Bartus Designs 9709 Overseas Highway, Marathon, Florida 33050 phone: 305.743.0844 fax: 305.743.0866 www.keysweekly.com

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WHERE MOORING IS A ‘BALL’ DEAR CRUISERS, On behalf of the City Council, welcome to the City of Marathon and our City Marina at Boot Key Harbor. We hope that you will have a great experience here in the Heart of the Florida Keys! City staff is committed to making your stay safe and comfortable. Our harbor offers 360 degree protection. For that, and many other reasons, it is considered by many to be the best harbor in the Florida Keys. For example, our Marina is only minutes away from Sombrero Reef, an internationally renowned diving and snorkeling spot. In addition, the Marina is within walking distance of marine retailers and boatyards, grocery stores, pharmacies, hospital, a public library and restaurants. Many local restaurants offer dinghy access to their establishments.

The Marina is located adjacent to both a beautiful municipal sports park complex and the municipal park/ beach which is accessible by dinghy or kayak. Public bus service conveniently stops nearby and connects to Key West including the Key West Airport and mainland Miami, where public buses and trains are readily available to transport you throughout Miami and Miami Beach including Miami International Airport. Rental cars are available in Marathon if you wish to tour on your own. We are proud to be a sponsor of the 2017/2018 Boot Key Harbor Cruiser’s Guide. We are confident that you will have a great stay and join the ranks of our many repeat visitors. Many of you will have questions about Hurricane Irma. Please see page 10.

Contact Information Boot Key Harbor City Marina VHF channel 16 Latitude 24º 42’ 33.8” Longitude 81º 5’ 29.1”

800 35th St., oceanside Marathon, FL 33050 phone: 305.289.8877 fax: 305.289.8876 http://ci.marathon.fl.us www.cityofmarathonmarina.com

SEAN CANNON, Marina & Ports Director & The Boot Key Harbor City Marina

Meet the staff

Matt McJunkin

Katrina Spelker

Ty Thurman

Al Jones

Charles Estrella

Karen Diehl

Assistant Ports Director Administrative Assistant Administrative Assistant

Marina Tech

Marina Tech

Janitor

Toby Potvin

Lead Marina Tech

Vickie Nelson

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DINGHY DATA Choosing a dinghy is serious business. For most cruisers, it functions as a “car.” It gets you to and from boat to town. It transports groceries and fuel. It’s also the portal to adventure — exploring the nooks and crannies of your watery home. In the Keys, cruisers use inflatables and hard-bottom boats, as well as kayaks. Here are three options, all about 8 feet long:

INFLATABLE Caribe Nautica C-25 Features built-in tunnel for fuel line bow spot for portable fuel tank Specifications Overall length: 8’3 Overall beam: 5’5 Weight: 93 lbs Capacity: 987 lbs Max person: 4 Max hp: 8 Starting at about $3,200

HARD DINGHY Walker Bay 8 Features Integrated motor/tiller mount Wheel in the Keel™ specifications Overall length: 8’2” Overall beam: 4’4” Weight: 71 lbs Capacity: 425 lbs Max person: 2 Max hp: 2 hp Starting at $750

ROWING Sundolphin Camino 8 SS Features Square stern offers maximum stability Large open cockpit for easiest of entry Specifications Overall length: 8’ Overall beam: 30” Weight: 40 lbs Capacity: 225 lbs Max person: 1 Max hp: n/a About $200

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The front dinghy dock was completely swept away. But, the rear dinghy dock is operational. So are the showers and laundry and pump-out services. Even the garden is being restored.

STATE OF BOOT KEY HARBOR By Sara Matthis Marathon City Marina had about 220 boats on the mooring balls before Hurricane Irma, including Anticipation. After, there were only 56. According to Marathon City Manager Sean Cannon the destruction in the harbor was a chain reaction that swept the boats off their moorings, but left the underwater systems intact. Only two mooring systems were a complete loss. All have been inspected and the vast majority are operational.

98% The number of displaced boats recovered since Hurricane Irma, as of December, 2017.

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“One boat broke loose on the east end of the harbor, and broke the next one loose, etcetera etcetera,” said Cannon. The City of Marathon Marina staff are hard at work putting the facility back together. “While repairing the damages from Irma is a challenge, we are already on our way to rebuilding a better-then-ever facility,” he said. “We are proud to be ‘Keys Strong.’”

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“What took me months to do two years ago, took a little over a week with the help from our boating community,” said Jim Delane of preparing the beds to be replanted. The raised beds will feature all the old favorites from Everglades Tomatoes (small and sweet and tasty) to “Nopalitos (edible, spinless cactus). “The kids love the cactus,” Delane said. “But we also have all the herbs and tomatoes and peppers. People just pick what they need.” According to the state Fish and Wildlife Commission Capt. David Dipre, about “98 percent” of Boot Key Harbor has been cleared of displaced vessels. It was estimated that about 200 boats were sunk or washed into the mangroves or the Boot Key bridge structure. The U.S. Coast Guard was charged with removing the vessels to make navigation safe, and it was up to the FWC to connect the vessels to the owner. “Keyswide, we have about 400 open investigations,” Dipre said, “and about 150 boats that are scheduled to be demolished. Many of these boats just can’t be fixed.” It’s estimated that about 1,300 boats were displaced by Hurricane Irma along the length of the Florida Keys.


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Anchoring & Mooring ordinance

WELCOME TO ‘THE ZONE’ There are special mooring and anchorage rules in Boot Key Harbor. Began as a pilot program, it was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott on Jan. 1, 2017. The main idea is to protect the environment from boater impacts such as raw sewage dumping and sea grass destruction, while keeping the harbor “clean” of derelict boats. There are two mooring fields in Boot Key Harbor that are managed by the City of Marathon in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies. (Boats on a mooring ball pay a fee.) There is also a narrow wedge where cruisers can anchor just east of the Boot Key Bridge. The mooring fields are surrounded by a buffer zone where anchoring is prohibited. The entire managed anchorage zone extends from Sister’s Creek on the southside of Marathon through Boot Key Harbor to the west channel opening on the gulfside of the 7 Mile Bridge. Some of the area fronting Sombrero Beach is also a

managed anchoring zone. All vessels in that area must display proof of pumpout when anchored for more than 10 consecutive days and have a marine sanitation device (buckets don’t count!). A minimum of one pumpout per month is required and the boat owners must display a tag or provide documentation. The harbor managers are also looking for boats in danger of sinking or breaking loose. Vessels that

BOOT KEY HARBOR

are listing, aground, sinking, dragging anchor, in danger of breaking loose or not able to be used for navigation are not allowed. There are similar managed zones in parts of the Lower Keys. They are the Boca Chica Basin (eastern and western portions),Cow Key Channel, Key West Harbor and the Key West Seaplane Basin.

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SOLAR POWER

Cruisers embrace the technology that makes life easier

By Sara Matthis A leisurely cruise through Boot Key Harbor will reveal that almost every single boat has a solar array. They range from small to massive, with price tags to match. The smallest would be a 50-watt panel, capable of charging a cellphone. “The most common is probably the 250 to 360 watt range,” said Erik Afflerbach of SALT Service Inc. in Marathon. “That will power most refrigeration systems.” “About the smallest we install is a 400 or 500 watt range,” said Alex Miller of SeaTek in Marathon. “But we recently finished an install of a 2.5 kilowatt system in Naples on an impressive catamaran.” A 360-watt panel is about the size of a small dining room table, or about 60 by 40 inches. The panel alone costs $1,500. Sailboat owners can attach the solar array to the dinghy davits or even put it above the cockpit bimini. The solar installers often manufacture the structure needed to support the panel, as well. There are two types of solar panels: monocrystalline and polycrystalline. Monocrystalline is the favorite; it’s more efficient, but also more expensive than the old standard. The main advantage of the monocrystalline panel is that if a part of the panel is shaded, it doesn’t shut down the entire panel. Both firms recommend the Sunpower brand of solar panel. The solar panels cannot be hardwired to the boat’s bank of batteries, it requires a controller to throttle the flow.

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“The solar panels are so efficient now, they are capable of setting the batteries on fire without a controller,” Afflerbach said. Sea-Tek makes its own controllers, each customized to the job. Miller said the company gets calls from around the world from customers seeking his niche solar skills as they apply to the marine environment. Miller, who makes his home in the harbor, said he embraced the solar technology, first out of economic necessity, and now out of choice. “I got used to living off the grid,” he said. “Now it’s a lifestyle. I prefer to live that way at the same time that I strive for comfort.” In the “old days,” boaters would have to run the engine or a generator to keep the batteries charged. Solar technology is a huge improvement to the liveaboard and cruising community, especially those that seek out remote anchorages without shore power. And, as the solar industry evolves, the energy collection becomes more efficient and less expensive.


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VESSEL SAFETY & THE LAW Boot Key Harbor is a safe and secure neighborhood of cruisers and live-aboard sailors. This is due to the genuine sense of community among the residents and visitors, along with the efforts of local law enforcement agencies to promote safety and curb crime. Here are a few reminders pertaining to Boot Key Harbor:

I can see the light

Required All vessels under 16’ in length must have the following items:

Make sure your light meets USCG requirements

A common navigation light that you will see near harbors or popular cruising destinations is the anchor light. The anchor light is an all-around light that must be visible for 2 miles in any direction. No other navigation lights should be on while at anchor. Anchor lights are required in Boot Key Harbor even though it is a designated anchorage. The requirement has to do with “colregs” – Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collissions. Colregs demarcation lines are shown on coastal charts as magenta color dashed lines. On the charts, Boot Key Harbor is located in “International Waters.” The colregs demarcation line crosses near Lower Matecumbe Key. From there, south and west throughout the Florida Keys, a vessel is outside of the colregs and therefore in International Waters where it’s required to display an anchor light.

Even if the boat is in a known or designated anchorage area, dinghies and other boats may be traveling in that area and will need to know the location of your boat.

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• A copy of the vessel registration, except for nonmotorized vessels. (Vessels with inoperable motors are still considered motorized.) • Lifejackets for everyone aboard. • A horn or whistle. • Fire extinguisher, if there is a built-in fuel tank or enclosed

portable fuel tank. • Flares are not required when operating in Boot Key Harbor. • Navigational lights on motorized vessels capable of speeds over 7 knots. (Motorized vessels incapable of 7 knot speeds require only a 360 degree visible white light.)

Know the difference Idle Speed-No Wake is the lowest speed necessary to maintain steering. All man-made canals are Idle Speed Zones.

vs. Slow Speed-Minimum Wake means the craft is settled in the water, not plowing, and creating only a minimum wake. Most of Boot Key Harbor is a Slow Speed Zone.


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IN MARATHON

Boot Key Harbor is a ‘jewel’

It would be hard to design a more welcoming spot for cruisers than what already exists in Boot Key Harbor. First, it offers 360-degree protection from sea storms, but is easy to access either through Sister’s Creek to the south or perpendicular to Moser Channel alongside the 7 Mile Bridge to the west. In the Florida Keys, there are two high tides and two low tides daily as the waters from the Atlantic sweep to the Gulf of Mexico and back again. By most standards, they are gentle tides — maximum high tides averaging less than 2.5 feet in Boot Key Harbor. The water is clean and clear and averages about 75 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. During the summer months, air temperatures climb but a steady breeze keeps it manageable. And during the winter months, well, there’s no better place to be than sitting under the stars in 70-degree weather. Boot Key Harbor is geared for cruisers. There are many marinas with slips for rent, waterside restaurants and a full complement of marine services ranging from divers that can scrape a hull to marine mechanics to fix an engine. Harbor laws are enforced by the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the U.S. Coast Guard and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. The harbor is governed by the city of Marathon, a small community consisting of year-round locals and visiting “snow birds.” The city has all the amenities — a public library, grocery store and two pharmacies. Marathon also has one elementary school and a combined junior and middle high on opposite sides of the island. It has an active theater scene, a movie theater, a yacht club and a garden club.

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The Middle Keys also boasts world-renowned attractions — the Dolphin Research Center, the historic Pigeon Key, a museum and nature conservancy and even a “cable park” where wakeboarders can practice their skills. There are three enormously popular diving spots just a few miles offshore — Sombrero Reef, Coffin’s Patch and The Thunderbolt, a 188-foot shipwreck located in 120 feet of water. Sombrero Beach is stunning and admission is free. Many cruisers beach their dinghies at the west end to spend the day at the beach. The fishing is spectacular whether anglers are targeting fish in the “skinny” waters of the Gulf of Mexico or the deep blue of the Gulfstream that wanders close to shore depending on the season. Dolphin, manatees, turtles and rays are common sights. The Middle Keys has some of the best kayaking to offer whether it be through the canals of residential neighborhoods to the pristine wilderness of mangrove “trails.” Finally, Marathon has wide, safe and beautiful bike trails from the 7 Mile Bridge all the way to Grassy Key. While most everything cruisers could want in Marathon is accessible on foot or on two wheels, the city has taxi service around town and bus service to Key West. The bus stop is just a couple blocks south of the Marathon City Marina, generally considered by all to be the heart of cruising. — Weekly Staff report


ABOUT THE MARINA Marathon City Marina is everything it needs to be and nothing more; in a word perfect. Marathon City Marina is in charge of administering 226 mooring balls in the harbor. It also has a limited amount of dockage in the canal on the east side of the marina. Both the mooring balls and the dockage are available by the month, week or day. A weekly pumpout is included in the cost. The Marathon City Marina also offers a pumpout service for vessels at anchor or those that wish to be pumped out dockside. (See page 22 for more information.) There is no reservation system for the mooring balls or dockage, but sailors may put their name on a waiting list for first-come, first-serve availability during the high-season in winter. (A spot or two opens every couple of days, weather permitting.) The marina has two dinghy docks, a project room and storage areas. It also has private showers and bathroom facilities. Rather than a communal facility for men or women, the facilities are “en suite” and accessed via a magnetic card. In addition, Marathon City Marina has a laundry facility that also uses the magnetic card. All marina customers may park one personal vehicle or motorcycle for free. The social center of the Marathon City Marina is the “lounge,” an open-air meeting room with tables, chairs, free wifi, lending library and television. During high season, it’s not unusual for cruisers to organize regular potlucks and cocktail hours. Others conduct exercise or yoga classes and some tend to the marina’s vegetable garden. Regular, volunteer cleanups are an established part of harbor life and widely recognized as a fun way to spend the day with friends on a communal purpose. The marina staff offices are located in the front corner of the lounge and staff members dispense advice, mail and direct newcomers to the island’s resources. For more information about Boot Key Harbor and the Marathon City Marina, peruse the pages of this guide or visit c.marathon.fl.us or tune into the Cruisers Net every morning on VHF channel 68.

A CITY MARINA FACILTIES • Laundry • Dinghy docks • Rental storage lockers and workshops • Full, private en suite bathrooms accessed by a card. • A lounge with lending library, wifi and mini TV theaters • In addition, harbor residents regularly scheduled informal potlucks, club meetings and exercise classes.

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APPROACHES

MAIL, PACKAGES & FREIGHT

• Via Hawk’s Channel The best entrance into Boot Key Harbor is from the west. Using chart 11451, the channel lies between Boot Key and Vaca Key, running west-east. Deep draft boats should favor the side with the Green ‘1’ to Green ‘9’ markers or stay in the middle of the channel. The bridge that spans Vaca and Boot Key has been dismantled, but a power line at 65’ runs across it. The only other shoal is between Green “19” to Green “21”, which is 6’ at MLW.

City Marina staff will accept mail, packages and freight for current Marina customers only. Please note the following: • Mail must be addressed only to your name, at 800 35th Street Ocean, Marathon FL 33050. Please do not include “City Marina” or a vessel name. • Please do not call the City Marina to inquire about package deliveries. Staff will not sign for packages and special mail deliveries. They are placed in the package room adjacent to the mailboxes. Items are not secure, so make sure important items are picked up promptly. • U.S. mail is sorted according to the first letter of the last name, and is placed in the corresponding box located opposite the marina office. • Oversize packages and freight are NOT accepted by staff, but customers may meet drivers or scheduled delivery time and arrange to be at the marina when the item arrives.

• Via Florida Bay Boot Key Harbor can also be approached via Florida Bay. From the north, keep Green “17” (Bullard Bank Light) to starboard. Follow the channel southwest to the Seven Mile Bridge. This bridge is 65’. From there, follow the channel south to Hawk’s Channel, and approach Boot Key as mentioned above.

RECYCLE The Marathon City Marina has a very comprehensive recycling program on the premises. It can accommodate almost every type of recyclable waste ranging from household-type items to materials associated with engine maintenance. The waste is deposited into clearly marked bins that are well kept and emptied regularly. These items must be placed in their respective bins: Waste oil, diesel, gasoline, anti-freeze, used oil and gas filters, oily rags and old starter batteries. Any materials not listed above, such as plastic bags or oily containers, will render the bin as contaminated and it will be discarded as trash. In addition, at the Marina cruisers can recycle: Plastic bottles and containers, No. 1-7. Plastic lids and caps are okay; aluminum and metal cans, clean foil and foil containers; glass bottles and jars (green, brown and clear only; no lids); Paper goods including paperboard boxes, office paper, newspapers, magazines and catalogues.

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MEDICAL CARE • Fishermen’s Convenient Care 1st Professional Centre No. 17 5701 Overseas Hwy, Marathon 305-735-4107 • Community Health Inc. 2855 Overseas Hwy, Marathon 305-743-4000 • Walgreens 10870 Overseas Hwy, Marathon 305-743-6929 • Walgreens 5271 Overseas Hwy, Marathon 305-359-3634 • Fishermen’s Community Hospital Hurricane Irma damaged Marathon’s hospital. However, it still offers emergency care and basic services, plus the ability to transfer patients who need more serious care to partner facilities. At presstime, the hospital is a mobile unit located at 5701 Overseas Hwy. A modular, temporary facility will be built at Marathon Ariport in 2018 while the facilty is rebuilt


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Waste disposal

PUMP IT, DON’T DUMP IT Vessel sewage discharge has been prohibited in state waters of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary since its designation as a No Discharge Zone by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2002. In December 2010, the sanctuary amended regulations to further prohibit discharge of sewage incidental to vessel use and generated by a marine sanitation device in accordance with the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. A marine sanitation device not secured in a manner that prevents discharge or deposits of treated and untreated sewage is also prohibited. Boot Key Harbor is a “No Discharge Zone.” This means it is illegal to dump waste and overboard discharge into the water. Seacocks must remain locked in the closed position.

The Marathon City Marina is in the National Marine Sanctuary and is designated as a Clean Marina. Please be kind to your neighbors, dolphin, manatee and other marine creatures by disposing of sewage and waste properly. The City Marina provides recycling bins and trash receptacles for your convenience and pumpout service to improve the health and cleanliness of our waterways.

*Funded in part by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Clean Vessel Act through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

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• Pumpouts must be scheduled at least a day in advance. • Pumpouts for vessels on a mooring ball are performed on a weekly schedule (see left). Pumpouts for vessels at anchor must be scheduled a day in advance for service Monday through Friday. Captains can call the Marathon City Marina at 305-2898877 or hail staff on VHF 16 to schedule. Dockside pumpout service is available seven days a week and captains must call before arriving. • All Marathon City Marina mooring and dingy customers receive weekly pumpout service free of charge. Additional pumpouts can be scheduled for a $5 fee. • Captains are required to keep the waste fitting clear of obstructions such as solar panels, jugs, kayaks, etc. • Vessels are automatically pumped on their scheduled day of the week; captains need not be present.

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Marina recommends specific attachments

3 METHODS

These are the methods for attaching to the Marathon City Marina mooring balls. Additional lines may be used, but must not be attached to any other portion of the mooring system except the pennant eyelet as shown. No metal may be attached to any portion of the mooring system.

Mooring Ball

Two lines. Eye splices at the pennant, then back to the vessel.

Pennant

No more than 4’ from eyelet to vessel

Two lines. Through the eyelet once, then back to the vessel. Bow of vessel

MARINA STAFF Lessons learned Marathon City Marina learned some very specific lessons from Hurricane Irma. Besides attaching to the mooring ball as described above, the best prepared boats faired the best. • Take everything off the boat. Decks should be completely clear of everything including solar panels, etc. • Take all the canvas off — that includes bimini tops, etc. • ALWAYS drop the jibs. Hurricane force winds will unfurl the sails which usually results in a “displaced” boat.

Three lines. Through the eyelet once, then back to the vessel.

Eyelet and float must stay out of the water. DO NOT put the vessel’s line through the pickup line like this.

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SEEN AROUND THE MARINA Photos by Sara Matthis 1. Christina Raciti, a professional artist and muralist, refreshes the marina mural. 2. At night, Boot Key Harbor is just as beautiful. MORGAN MIZNER/Contributed 3. Marina Tech Charles Estrella readies one of the marina’s vessels to check on the harbor. 4. Boot Key Harbor is hospitable to all creatures, including this Manatee lingering at the dinghy docks. 5. Marathon Marina and Ports Director Sean Cannon shows off some 30 bicycles collected for harbor kids about a week before Christmas in 2017. The donations came from the liveaboard community and also the residents of Marathon.

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NECKLACES THAT HELP By Sara Matthis Christine Barber Bush is a jeweler by trade. She’s also a liveaboard resident of Boot Key Harbor. She and her husband, Gary Bush, were among the few and fortunate. The lines from their 41-foot motor yacht held; their boat was one of the few still on its mooring after Hurricane Irma blew past the Florida Keys. “We evacuated and, as we awaited word, there were lots of mixed emotions. We knew it would be a couple of weeks before we would see our home again. Or not,” she said. The boat suffered significant damage, but their losses were nothing compared to others. “We have friends that lost everything. Friends are gone, people moved away …,” she said. “A kind of survivor’s guilt set in.” So she turned to doing what she always does — crafting fashion. The round pendants are stamped with the simple message “be stronger than the storm” and strung on bead chain, embellished with a secondary anchor pendant. Christine said, “And I couldn’t make, like, just six!” As the demand grew, Christine kept ordering more supplies. As her neighbors’ need became more apparent, she decided to gift the proceeds from sales back to some of the hardest hit in the liveaboard community. Among the recipients: a man with cancer and no insurance; an older woman whose boat was swept away and is now living on gifted, but de-masted sailboat. “I just hope this will help a little,” she said. To see other examples of Christine’s work, visit Shady Palm Art Gallery in Marathon or the Mayanjali Café and Boutique inside the Shakti yoga studio in Key West.

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ABOUT SOMBRERO LIGHT CONTRIBUTED Location: Just south and west of Marathon, Florida. Old charts show a small island that has since been washed away. Previously, the key and lighthouse was also known as “Dry Banks.” Built: 1858 Automated: 1960 Current status: Still in operation. Mooring balls are for recreational day use to preserve the integrity of the reef, while allowing dive and snorkel recreational users the ability to safely secure a vessel. Construction: Foundation of iron pilings with a skeletal octagonal pyramid of cast iron structure. It is 142 feet tall, painted brown. There are two platforms –one 15 feet above mean water height, another 40 feet for staff quarters before automation. Lens: The original lens cost $20,000 was made by the renowned lighthouse innovator, French physicist and engineer Augustin-Jean Fresnel. Instead of using a big piece of concave glass, Frensel constructed a prism of many small pieces. It became the prototype of today’s car headlights, brake lights and turning signals. The lens is on display at the Key West Lighthouse Museum. Design: The Sombrero Key lighthouse is one of the oldest structures in the Florida Keys. It was engineered, and the construction overseen, by one General George Meade. Although he’s most famously known as the leader of the Union forces responsible for the defeat of Robert E. Lee’s Confederates at Gettysburg, he was a respected engineer of his time. After graduating from West Point in 1831, Meade served a brief script in the U.S. Army before becoming a professional survey engineer – in 1842 he reenlisted and was assigned to the Army Corps of Topographic Engineers. When the man in charge of the Carysfort Reef Lighthouse died, Meade finished the construction. Meade went on to build the Sand Key Lighthouse and the Sombrero Lighthouse. It was the last reef lighthouse he constructed, but he’s also credited other Florida landmarks, such as the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.

History: Although the lighthouse is credited with keeping many mariners off “the rocks,” two lighthouse keepers were not so fortunate. One lightkeeper’s sailboat capsized and he was swept out to sea in 1873 and another man died in an accident in 1959. One year later, in 1960, the lighthouse was automated and all personnel were moved ashore. In 1982, the lens was removed and put on display in Key West. The Sombrero Key Light emits a white flash every ten seconds all night long. Red sectors in the light inform mariners where the still-dangerous reef is submerged beneath Keys waters.

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COURTESY OF THE GREATER MARATHON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

AREA EVENTS AND ATTRACTIONS The attractions and facilities mentioned on this page were all affected by Hurricane Irma. Most are already re-opened. Please call ahead.

Attractions • Crane Point Museum, Nature Center MM50.5, gulfside 305.743.9100 | cranepoint.net • Dolphin Research Center MM59, gulfside 305.289.0002 | dolphins.org • Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters MM53, gulfside | 305-407-3262 floridakeysaquariumencounters.org • Historic Pigeon Key Two miles west of Knight’s Key 305.743.5999 | pigeonkey.net • The Turtle Hospital MM 48.5, gulfside 2396 Overseas Highway 305.743.2552 | turtlehospital.org • Marathon Visitor Center 12222 Overseas Hwy | MM 53.5 bayside | 305.743.5417 info@floridakeysmarathon.com floridakeysmarathon.com • Adelaide Baker - Historic shipwreck features a pair of huge stacks in only 25 feet of water • Sombrero Reef - This traditional favorite of the Marathon dive portfolio is marked by a 140-foot lighted tower • Coffin’s Patch - A conglomerate of six distinct patch reefs • Delta Shoals - A sandy shoal loaded with elkhorn, brain, and star coral heads. • The Thunderbolt - 188-foot ship wreck GOLF • Florida Keys Country Club Phone: 305.743.3433 4000 Sombrero Blvd, MM 50, oceanside

Parks & Beaches Marathon Community Park is located on Overseas Highway and 36th St, oceanside, adjacent to the City Marina. Inside the park you will find restrooms, picnic tables and a covered pavilion for large gatherings. The park has two Little League baseball fields, four tennis courts, and a combination basketball court/inline hockey rink, toddler playground and skate park. The park is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Jesse Hobbs Park is at the corner of U.S. 1 and 41st Street, gulfside. The park is a neighborhood hangout for kids enjoying the playground or shooting hoops. Hours are 8 a.m to 10 p.m. City of Marathon / Rotary Children’s Park is located at 7575 Overseas Highway (corner of U.S.1 and 75th Street, oceanside).  Built with the combined efforts of Marathon’s Rotary Club and the City’s volunteers, there are swings, a climbing wall, toddler playground, monkey bars, slides and many play elements. Hours are 8 a.m. to dusk.

Sombrero Beach MM50, oceanside A lovely sandy beach on the Atlantic Ocean frames a shady park with picnic pavilions, volleyball courts, restrooms and showers. The beach is open from 7 a.m. until dusk. Coco Plum Beach MM54.5, oceanside Established as a natural beach area with an adjacent wetland area, Coco Plum (like Sombrero) is also a turtle nesting beach. A popular spot for local’s and their pets, Coco Plum has basic restroom facilities and is open daily from 7 a.m. until dusk. Oceanfront Park 98th & 99th streets This park, located behind City Hall on the oceanfront, features a fenced run for dogs, and a series of pavillions for fishing or relaxing. There is also a kayak launch.

Events • January 6-7 Florida Keys Celtic Festival • February 2-3 24th Annual Pigeon Key Art Festival • February 17-18 Coral Head Music Festival • March 2-4 12th Annual Sombrero Beach Run 10 & 5k • March 10-11 Original Marathon Seafood Festival

• Key Colony Beach Golf & Tennis Phone: 305.289.1533 8th Street, MM53.5, oceanside Key Colony Beach

• April 14 37th Annual 7 Mile Bridge Run • May 4-6 Marathon Offshore Bull & Cow Dolphin Tournament • July 4 Fourth of July Beach Party & Fireworks • July 25-26 Lobster Mini Season • Aug. 31-Sept. 2 Heroes Welcome Tribute Weekend, Duck Key

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DIVING The Keys are home to the world’s second largest living coral reef, second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The diving and snorkeling opportunities are endless and attract divers and marine biologists from across the globe. For more information on Marathon, drop by the Chamber of Commerce at MM53.5 or call 305-743-5174 or 1-800-262-7284.

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Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center

Those who are fortunate enough to live and work in the Keys realize the importance of protecting our greatest assets – the community and environment. For more than 23 years, the Middle Keys Marine Association (MKMA) has been a partner both on land and in the tranquil waters surrounding the Florida Keys. Composed of a diverse collection of marine tradesmen and skilled artisans, MKMA has become a leading supporter of community and civic events and continually offers scholarships to the students of Monroe County. For more information on choosing the right service for your vessel, please look for within this publication, or simply pick up a copy of MKMA’s “Guide to Florida Keys Marine Services, a Boater’s Guide to Professional Marine Services in the Keys.” Available at member facilities and information kiosks throughout the Keys. MEMBER OF

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Our Mission

The Middle Keys Marine Association’s objectives are to advance the education of those engaged in the marine industry, to promote prosperity within the industry, to convey to our membership and the public reliable information on matters concerning marine interests, to solicit from our membership problems or issues facing the industry, to promote the general interests of the marine industry and to protect and/or improve conditions related to the marine industries, waterways and related facilities.

Unifying an Industry since 1994 Our Membership

All Keys Diesel Repair, Inc. Artic-Temp, Inc. Battery Shack, Inc. Boot Key Harbor City Marina Bottoms & Props Captain for Hire Coastal Docks, LLC Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce Hawks Cay Resort & Marina Key Colony Beach Marina Keys Boat Works, Inc. Keys Fisheries Market & Marina Keys Rigging, Inc. Lazy Days South Marathon Auto & Marine Services Marathon Diesel Repair & Service Marathon Marina & RV Resort Marathon Prop Marathon Yacht Club March Hare Marine Services Napa Auto Parts of Marathon Overseas Outfitters Pancho’s Fuel Dock Porky’s Bayside Restaurant & Marina SALT Service, Inc. Sea\\Tow Islamorada/Marathon Shelter Bay Marine, Inc. Shoreline Signs by Renee South Seas Rigging Southeast Marine Construction Sunset Grille & Raw Bar The Island Fish Company The Weekly Newspapers TowBoat U.S. – Marathon

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We provide:

• Mechanical Repairs, Repowers & Rigging • Complete Topside & Bottom Repairs/Paint • Engines In Stock, Parts, Sales & Service • Mobile Vans Key Largo to Key West • Secure Storage Facilities • Custom Modifications & Repairs • Superb Brokerage Service • 75 Ton Travel Lift • Dinghy Dock for Customers

Marathon Boat Yard Marine Center has a highly qualified staff of technicians including: ABYC Certified Electrician Certified Garmin & Simrad Electronics Technician ABYC Certified Corrosion Expert Refrigeration & AC Technician Fiberglass and Paint Specialist Certified Yamaha, Cummins, Northern Lights, Yanmar, Volvo & Kohler Technicians Authorized Vacuflush, Sanitation System Repair and Maintenance

WE MAINTAIN INVENTORY OF MOST POPULAR YAMAHA SMALL ENGINES FROM 2.5HP TO 40HP FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE NEEDS! Marathon Boat Yard Marine Center FACTORY AUTHORIZED DEALERS FOR

10%

P A R T S DISCOUNT

Valid one year from date of publication - one time use ONLY Original Coupon or bring in Cruiser’s Guide for Validation Established in 1978, Marathon Boat Yard Marine Center is the only full-service facility with the environmental designation of Clean Marina and Clean Boatyard beyond Florida's mainland.

www.MarathonBoatYard.com

2017/2018

2059 Overseas Hwy. • Marathon, FL 33050

305.743.6341

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