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CONTENTS 8 The art and heart of the liveaboard community

22 Approaches, packages recycling and more

12 About the mooring zone

24 Pumpouts are a way of life

16 Map of the harbor, town

26 Three must-haves for the boat

21 Marathon City Marina has wide array of services

30 A list of events and attractions in Marathon

Marathon City Council • Council Member John Bartus • Council Member Michelle Coldiron • Council Member Steve Cook • Council Member Mark Senmartin • Council Member Dan Zieg • City Manager Chuck Lindsey • Chief of Police Capt. Gene Thompson • Fire Chief John Johnson

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.

PUBLISHER Jason Koler | jason@keysweekly.com CONTENT&DESIGN Sara Matthis | sara@keysweekly.com Javier Reyes | javier@keysweekly.com Gabriel Sanchez | gabriel@keysweekly.com DIRECTOR OF SALES&MARKETING Lesley Aaron | lesley@keysweekly.com SALES Anneke Patterson | anneke@keysweekly.com Lynda Sheaks | lynda@keysweekly.com ART&MAP 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


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 2016/2017 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.

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

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Assistant Ports Director Administrative Assistant Administrative Assistant

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Lead Marina Tech

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ON THE COVER: Boot Key Harbor is a bustling harbor where many liveaboards spend months at a time or make it their permanent home. Certainly, the jewel of this protected anchorage is the city-owned facility — Marathon City Marina. SARA MATTHIS/Keys Weekly

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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 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

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.

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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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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

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.

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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.

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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

Honorary Members

Florida Keys Community College Serial Design Group

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LIFE ABOARD

The art & heart of barter

“A cruiser must be industrious and resourceful, willing to piece together his vessel with string and bubblegum if need be” −unknown

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By Gabriel Sanchez Thousands of years of nautical tradition dictate that no one ignore another vessel with a problem, unless providing help jeopardizes the safety of your own vessel. This goes beyond simply keeping each other afloat, as all sorts of problems can arise at sea. Thankfully, amongst cruisers there is a culture of helping and trading skillsets that extends past the dock. A true cruiser must be industrious, have an array of skills, and know how to barter them. Plus, he needs some extra parts. Lifelong cruiser Michael Barbara has narrowed it down to three essentials: “Hull, rudder, rigging. Those things must be intact at all time. Cruisers practice lots of ways to fix their rigging and hull while underway. But very few boats have an alternative steering method, so I carry an emergency rudder with me at all times.” He said he carries other parts, too, but that inventory has more to do with savings — the further flung the location, the more expensive it is to ship the part. On one occasion, Barbara came across a young couple with a damaged propeller and no replacement. Barbara traded his emergency prop for a working jib. To replace the prop he gave away, he bartered his sewing skills and fixed a British sailor’s main sail cover. But this type of transaction is never about commerce — it’s about community. “No matter what you’re doing or who you’re helping, it must never be about the money. It’s about taking pride in your craft and community, and if you’re successful with those, the money will figure itself out,” says Barbara. The liveaboard community of Boot Key Harbor is astoundingly self-reliant and generous. It regularly conducts group clean ups, pulling flotsam and jetsam out of the mangroves and waters that surround the harbor. And, following Hurricane Matthew’s destructive path through the Caribbean, four boats from Boot Key Harbor took charge in coordinating and transporting relief goods. The Seawolf, Sweet Chariot, Hecla Uist, and Resolve traveled to the northeast Andros Islands with materials and supplies to aid in the relief efforts. “There is more a connectedness in the cruising community than you’ll find on land. You might liken it to a church congregation. If someone needs something or gets sick, cruisers mobilize,” said Bill Alderisio, of the Sea Wolf. Barbara would know. Right now he’s spending his “free” time undertaking a complete engine rebuild, including crankshaft magnafluxing, to help out a fellow live-aboard.


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 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.

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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.

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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 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

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

Honorary Members

Florida Keys Community College Serial Design Group

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Anchoring & Mooring ordinance

Welcome to ‘The Zone’ There are special mooring and anchorage rules in Boot Key Harbor. Part of a statewide pilot program to standardize maritime law when it directly impacts seaside communities, the program has been extended by the Florida State Legislature to run through July 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

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documentation. The harbor managers are also looking for boats in danger of sinking or breaking loose. Vessels that 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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The ordinance is designed to regulate pump outs and keep derelict boats from cluttering harbor.

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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

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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. There are no less than five fuel docks in Marathon on the south side of the island. 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, hospital, two grocery stores and two drug stores. 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 24 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. 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


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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.

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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.

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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.

The schedule Contact information what’s your row? Monday Rows A, J, N, & O Tuesday Rows B, K, L & M Wednesday Rows C, Q & R Thursday Rows D, G, S, T, & P Friday Rows E, F, H, U, V & W

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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.

MARATHON CITY MARINA 305.289.8877; VHF Ch 16 www.cityofmarathonmarina.com CITY OF MARATHON 305.743.0033 http://ci.marathon.fl.us/ MONROE COUNTY 305.743.0079 www.monroecounty-fl.gov MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF 305.289.2430 www.keysso.net US COAST GUARD 305.743.1945; VHF Ch 16

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FLORIDA FISH & WILDLIFE 305.289.2320 www.myfwc.com NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, KEY WEST 305.295.1316 www.weather.gov/key/


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 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

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

Honorary Members

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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 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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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

Honorary Members

Florida Keys Community College Serial Design Group

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ONBOARD

3 Must Have Tools* By Gabriel Sanchez BONDO FIBERGLASS RESIN In the case that floating debris tears or punctures a vessel’s hull, Bondo Fiberglass Resin is an excellent on-the-go fix. Hole bungs, the more common fix for punctures, are typically cone shaped, and are not practical for elongated tears. Bondo resin can be used alone or in conjunction with fiberglass tape, cloth, or mat to create a waterproof seal. Its ability to seal wood, metal, concrete and cure underwater, make it essential on-board. It’s recommend that the mixture of resin and hardener be spread over damaged areas, extending 2-3 inches past the hole. For added strength, both sides of damaged area should be treated. Bondo Fiberglass Resin typically cures in 2 hours at 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Resin hardener not included. Retails $37.97

FLUKE 87V INDUSTRIAL MULTIMETER For fast electrical troubleshooting, the Fluke 87V multimeter is the first choice for boat mechanics that need a tough and reliable diagnostic tool. The Fluke 87V accurately reads voltage and frequency measurements on adjustable speed motors and other “noisy” electrical equipment. The built-in thermometer allows for temperature readings without having additional equipment. The Fluke 87V multimeter measures up to 1000 V AC and DC, with a .05% DC accuracy reading. It’s capable of performing resistance, continuity and diode tests, as well. AC current measurements require optional current clamp accessory. Lifetime manufacture warranty included, made in the U.S.A. Retails $449.99

HUSKY 45-PIECE STUBBY TOOL SET Any boat mechanic worth their salt has spent the better part of an afternoon crammed in a bilge trying to maximize their work space. Why not free up some much needed room by investing in the Husky 45-Piece Stubby tool set? A complete set comes with 22 standard and metric sockets, 20 screwdriver bits, ¼ inch x 3/8 inch adapter, ratchet, adjustable wrench, and screwdriver. Screwdriver bits include Philips, slotted, hex, Torx, and square bits, and locks into nine different positions for ease of use. Also included is a storage case with individual compartments made for each component. A quick spray of engine block paint on tools may also extend the life of tools from oxidation out at sea. Retails $19.99

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Visit Henry Flagler's Historic Pigeon Key History • Environmental Education • Research

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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.

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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

Honorary Members

Florida Keys Community College Serial Design Group

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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.

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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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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.

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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

Honorary Members

Florida Keys Community College Serial Design Group

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Area events and attractions 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 • Nov. 26-Dec. 3 Zonta’s Festival of Trees • December 4 Marathon’s Lighted Bike Ride • December 10 Boot Key Harbor Lighted Boat Parade • December 11 Key Colony Beach Lighted Boat Parade • December 18 Christmas Cantata • January 6-9 Florida Keys Celtic Festival

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

• February 4-5 21st Annual Pigeon Key Art Festival • February 18 Coral Head Music Festival • March 5 11th Annual Sombrero Beach Run 10 & 5k • March 11-12 Original Marathon Seafood Festival • April Relay for Life (TBA) • April 1 36th Annual 7 Mile Bridge Run

• May 5-7 Marathon Offshore Bull & Cow Dolphin Tournament • July 4 Fourth of July Beach Party & Fireworks • July 26-27 Lobster Mini Season • September 1-3 Heroes Welcome Tribute Weekend, Duck Key • September 21-24 Marathon Intl. Bonefish

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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

Honorary Members

Florida Keys Community College Serial Design Group


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