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Marathon City Council • Mayor John Bartus • Council Member Luis Gonzalez • Council Member Steve Cook • Council Member Dan Zieg • Council Member Trevor Wofsey • Chief of Police Capt. Don Hiller • Fire Chief John Johnson

ON THE COVER: Whether cruisers visit via sailboat or powerboat, a vast array of boats, backgrounds, and individuals make Boot Key Harbor a unique maritime community in the Keys. ALEX RICKERT/Keys Weekly

About this issue Many people and organizations were instrumental in making the 2021/2022 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.

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PUBLISHER Jason Koler | jason@keysweekly.com

CONTENTS

CONTENT&DESIGN Alex Rickert | alex@keysweekly.com Javier Reyes | javier@keysweekly.com

What cruisers need Letter from Sean/get to know your marina staff | P.5 to know | P.14

SALES&MARKETING Patti Childress | patti@keysweekly.com Anneke Patterson | anneke@keysweekly.com ART&MAP Travis Cready | travis@keysweekly.com John Bartus Designs MMXXII

Derelict vessels: a costly eyesore | P.6

The Map: local eateries & services | P.17

Anchoring & mooring ordinance | P.8

Meet Marine Deputy Willie Guerra | P.18

Pump it, don’t dump it | P.10

About the marina | P.19

Vessel safety & the law | P.12

9709 Overseas Highway, Marathon, Florida 33050 phone: 305.743.0844 fax: 305.743.0866 www.keysweekly.com

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Slips & supplies | P.20 Area events & attractions | P.22


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. Bicycle rentals are available through our Cruisers Net, keeping bike counts down around the marina. The marina is proud to be a profitable economic engine for the City of Marathon. In the past year, the marina has brought in north of $1 million in revenue for the city. While our summer occupancy typically drops to roughly 25%, the summer of 2021 saw the marina maintain 65% occupancy, a testament to the services and environment we offer. We are proud to be a sponsor of the 2021/2022 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, City of Marathon

Meet the staff

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Vickie Nelson

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Assistant Ports Director

Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant

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By Alex Rickert

A COSTLY EYESORE

Sunken and disabled vessels in Keys waterways prove expensive and dangerous

With all the beauty Boot Key Harbor has to offer, a sunken or otherwise disabled boat tends to stick out like a sore thumb. Though Monroe County has made a tremendous effort in recent years to combat derelict vessels in Keys waterways, some work still remains. To that end, Keys Weekly sat down with FWC Capt. David Dipre to better understand the issue and how the public can help. Within Dipre’s wealth of information, these were our biggest takeaways:

“DERELICT VESSELS” DOESN’T JUST REFER TO SUNKEN AND GROUNDED BOATS “We need people to understand what a derelict vessel really is, and they don’t,” said Dipre. “It may be floating, but if it’s junked or substantially dismantled, it’s also derelict. It may have motors, but if they don’t run, it doesn’t count.”

YOUR BOAT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY Once a vessel is declared derelict, the state sends the registered owner a packet containing information about an owner’s responsibilities and pertinent Florida statutes. 21 days after the owner receives this packet, FWC will work with Monroe County and prepare to remove the vessel. The owner will either be arrested or given a notice to appear in court to explain his or her decision to leave the vessel in a derelict condition. After the removal, the owner will receive a bill for the costs incurred, and failure to pay will result in additional consequences. “If you do not pay these fees, we’re going to freeze your right to register any vessel or vehicle in the state of Florida,” said Dipre.

REMOVAL IS COSTLY A simple removal costs around $2,500, while more complicated endeavors rack up bills of $50-100,000.

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DERELICT VESSELS ARE DANGEROUS While many think a floating but nonfunctional hull poses no issue for others, major storms prove otherwise. “When a storm comes and you can’t move, you may end up being that boat that breaks loose, smashes into other boats, and causes a vast amount of damage,” said Dipre. “In a boating community, being able to navigate is a must.”

Derelict vessels on the west end of Boot Key Harbor are stickered for notice and eventual removal by FWC. ALEX RICKERT/Keys Weekly IT’S NOT A “GIVE AND GO” SITUATION Once a vessel sinks or becomes grounded, some owners think the solution is to sign the title over to the state or another individual and avoid the hassle. This is not the case. “Once a vessel is declared derelict, the title can’t be given or transferred. We’re not going to allow you to give someone else a derelict vessel just because they need a place to live or you want to get rid of your junk,” said Dipre. “You can tell us all day long that you’ll sign the title over, but I don’t want the title.”

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THE PUBLIC IS FWC’S GREATEST RESOURCE “We need your help,” said Dipre. “We don’t have the manpower to inspect every single vessel on the water, and we know that sometimes these vessels are showing up at 2 a.m. If the public wants to do a good job and see the waters of the state cleaned up, reporting any suspicious activity to FWC is a great idea.”


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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 27 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.

Big Pond Boat Works Bottoms & Props Captain for Hire Coastal Docks, LLC Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce Davis Marine Systems Hawks Cay Resort & Marina Keys Rigging, Inc. Lazy Days South Marathon Auto & Marine Services Marathon Boat Yard Marathon Diesel Repair & Service Marathon Marina Marathon Marine Solutions Co. Marathon Yacht Club March Hare Marine Services Napa Auto Parts of Marathon Nautiprep Pancho’s Fuel Dock Porky’s Bayside Restaurant & Marina Prop Tec Marathon, Inc. SALT Service, Inc. Sea\\Tow Islamorada/Marathon Shoreline Simply Marinas, Inc. South Seas Rigging Southeast Marine Construction Sunset Grille & Raw Bar The Island Fish Company The Weekly Newspapers TowBoat U.S. – Marathon

Honorary Members College of the Florida Keys Serial Design Group


BOOT KEY HARBOR

BOCA CHICA BASIN

COW KEY CHANNEL

KEY WEST SEAPLANE BASIN

The law is designed to regulate pump outs and keep derelict boats from cluttering the harbor.

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Anchoring & Mooring ordinance

WELCOME TO ‘THE ZONE’

There are special mooring and anchorage rules in Boot Key Harbor. What began as a pilot program was signed into law by then 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.

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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.

There is no anchoring within 100’ of Boot Key Harbor’s morning field.

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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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, dolphins, manatees 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. In the past year, our two pumpout boats have pumped out more than 120,000 gallons of waste.

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

Contact information Marathon City Marina 305.289.8877; VHF Ch 16 cityofmarathonmarina.com

US Coast Guard 305.743.1945; VHF Ch 16 uscg.mil/d7/stamarathon

City of Marathon 305.743.0033 ci.marathon.fl.us

Florida Fish & Wildlife 305.289.2320 myfwc.com

Monroe County 305.743.0079 monroecounty-fl.gov

National Weather Service, Key West 305.295.1316 weather.gov/key/

Monroe County Sheriff 305.289.2430 keysso.net

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• All Marathon City Marina mooring and dingy customers receive weekly pumpout service free of charge. Pumpouts for vessels on a mooring ball are performed on a weekly schedule (see left). Vessels are automatically pumped on their scheduled day of the week; captains need not be present. • Additional pumpouts can be scheduled for a $5 fee.

• 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 305289-8877 or hail staff on VHF 16 to schedule. As a temporary measure, anchored boats that are neither mooring ball nor dinghy dock customers can also receive a pumpout for $5. Boats will be marked with a sticker that is good for one month. • Dockside pumpout service is available seven days a week and captains must call 305-289-8877 or hail staff on VHF 16 before arriving. • Captains are required to keep the waste fitting clear of obstructions such as solar panels, jugs, kayaks, etc.

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

Make sure your light meets USCG requirements • Visual distress signals are not required when operating in Boot Key Harbor, but are required as soon as a vessel leaves the harbor or adjoining canal system. • 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.)

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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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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 two 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 Collisions. Colregs demarcation lines are shown on coastal charts as magenta-colored 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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WHAT CRUISERS NEED TO KNOW APPROACHES • 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. The only other shoal is between Green “19” to Green “21”, which is 6’ at MLW. • 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’ tall. 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.

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In addition, at the marina cruisers can recycle: plastic bottles and containers (No. 1-7), including plastic lids and caps; 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. MAIL, PACKAGES & FREIGHT 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 St. 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. • FedEx requires the recipient’s signature and will not allow marina staff to sign for packages. Recipients must be present. FedEx will leave a slip and will attempt to redeliver three times before returning to sender. • 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.


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1 Pancho’s Fuel Dock

2 Prop Tech 3 Marathon Auto & Marine S

12 Marathon Grille & Ale House

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2 Marathon Library

13 Sweet Savannah’s

2 Turtle Hospital

3 Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate

4 SALT Services

14 Driftwood Pizza

3 Marathon Yacht Club

15 The Island Fish Co.

4 Marathon Community Theatre

4 Ocean Sotheby’s Int’l Realty 5 Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate

6 Artic Temp

16 Sparky’s Landing

5 Crane Point Museum

6 Keys Animal Hospital

5 Keys Rigging 7 Florida Keys Diesel 8 Marathon Lumber

17 Key Colony Inn

6 Marathon Chamber of Commerce

7 Coco Plum Real Estate

18 Havana Jack’s

7 Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters

8 Florida Keys Real Estate

9 NAPA Auto-Marine

19 SS Wreck

8 Dolphin Research Center

9 Island Breeze Realty

10 Onboard Rigging

20 Bongos

9 The Lagoon on Grassy Key

10 Key Colony Beach Realty

11 March Hare Marine

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By Alex Rickert

EYES ON THE WATER Most cruisers have undoubtedly seen Marine Deputy Willie Guerra, a 21-year veteran of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, on patrol at some point during their travels. A staunch protector of marine resources, Deputy Guerra has committed himself to protecting the wildlife and waters of the place he calls “a gem.” Keys Weekly was privileged to sit down with Willie and get to know a little more about his story, his work, and what keeps him going after more than two decades. What drew you to marine enforcement in particular? I lived in Miami as a child, so I understand living in a county that’s not patrolled. Dade county is such a condensed, highly populated area with a higher crime rate, so the officers there don’t have time to focus on resources. The fish in that area are polluted and depleted from overfishing. I have a passion for this, and I hate the abuse of marine life. The Keys are a gem, and our crime rate isn’t high, so we have time to focus on the environmental aspect. How has Boot Key Harbor in particular changed since you started?` Back in 2000 when I started, the water was brown. You’d dive in to fish or clean your boat and you’d come out with green stuff in your ears. Beaches were being closed constantly because of the high levels of bacteria. The city and the marina staff have done a great job with their pump out system and making sure everyone is up to par with no leaks in their sanitation systems. This marina is being emulated in other places because it’s run so well. Now we have dolphins and turtles here, and you can see the bottom. We’ve been through ups and downs, good crowds and bad crowds, but right now we have an excellent crowd. We’ve got garbage workers, teachers, and everybody living out here together.

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Willie Guerra watches over the people & wildlife of Boot Key Harbor

What part of your work are you most proud of? I patrol a lot of the bridges. Back when I started, you would see tons of coolers with hundreds of undersized fish. Sometimes it was a language barrier and people didn’t understand. I looked at all the major fish that are caught at the bridges, got with FWC and the trails committee, and received a grant to post fish rules signs at all the bridges. They include pictures of the fish, the Spanish and English names, and codes for your phone to scan to take you to the regulations. That has drastically reduced violations about 60% over the years. Nobody really sees it or knows about it, but that’s one of my highlights. I see your name on a lot of social media posts about lobster and fish. How do you decide when to be lenient in resource cases? We educate a lot of people because not everyone purposely takes undersized fish or lobsters. Most of the citations I give aren’t for people making an honest mistake. If I make a case during lobster season, I’ve probably taken 20 that I use as educational instances. The ones that go in are previous violators and ones that know they’re committing a crime. They hide things under trash can liners, and they have boats drop them off and pretend to fish while they spear everything. They’ve made the decision to take the risk.


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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. The marina offers monthly and daily rates. 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. 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 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 is also proud of one of its newest additions: a certified butterfly garden adjacent to the vegetable garden. Many of these activities were curtailed during the COVID-19 pandemic, but have started to resume as case numbers continue to drop. 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 at 9 a.m. on VHF channel 80. There is also an informal group on Facebook called Boot Key Harbor Cruisers where members share news, weather and more.

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CAN I GET A SLIP? Marathon is probably one of the most marine-friendly cities in the Florida Keys. There are numerous restaurants where boaters tie up for dinner, and the city’s “downtown” is within easy walking distance of Boot Key Harbor. Below are the major facilities that can accommodate transient cruisers. • City of Marathon Marina 226 Mooring Balls, 14 slips, oceanside 35th St., oceanside | 305.289.8877 • Safe Harbor Marathon | 112 slips

Clinics & Pharmacies • Baptist Health Convenient Care Clinic 5701 Overseas Hwy., Suite 17, Marathon | 305.434.1400 • Community Health Inc. 2805 Overseas Hwy., Marathon | 305.743.4000 • Advanced Urgent Care 13365 Overseas Hwy. Suite 102, Marathon | 305.294.0011

• Walgreens @ 10870 Overseas Hwy., Marathon | 305.743.6929 @ 5271 Overseas Hwy., Marathon | 305.359.3634 • Publix Pharmacy @ 5407 Overseas Hwy., Marathon | 305.289.2920

Supermarkets

1021 11th St., oceanside | 305.743.6575

• Publix, 5407 Overseas Hwy., 305.289.2920 • Winn-Dixie, 5585 Overseas Hwy., 305.743.3636

Dockwa reservations available • Hawks Cay Marina | 85 slips 61 Hawks Cay Blvd., oceanside, Duck Key | 305.743.9000, Ext. 2 • Faro Blanco Marina | 74 slips 1996 Overseas Hwy., gulfside | 305.743.9018 • Marlin Bay Resort & Marina | 74 slips & 25 boat lifts 3800 Gulfview Ave., gulfside | 305.731.2207, Ext. 2 • Sombrero Marina (“Dockside”) | 57 slips 35 Sombrero Blvd., oceanside | 305.743.5663 • Skip Jack Resort & Marina | 54 slips 19 Sombrero Blvd., oceanside | 305.289.7662, Ext. 2 • The Boat House | 40 wet slips & 275 dry slips

Supplies • West Marine 2109 Overseas Hwy., oceanside | 305.289.1009 • The Home Depot 4555 Overseas Hwy., oceanside | 305.289.1966 • Marathon Lumber 11401 401 First Ave., gulfside 305.743.3688

• NAPA auto parts 12188 Overseas Hwy., gulfside | 305.743.5106 • Specialty True Value Hardware 10730 Overseas Hwy., gulfside | 305.743.3382

12399 Overseas Hwy., oceanside | 305.481.0653 • Banana Bay | 34 slips 4590 Overseas Hwy., gulfside | 305-.432.1122 • Black Fin Resort & Marina | 27 slips 4650 Overseas Hwy., gulfside | 305.743.2393 • Yacht Haven Marina | 24 slips 5 Sombrero Blvd., oceanside | 305.393.5073 • Burdine’s Waterfront | 22 slips 1200 Oceanview Ave., oceanside | 305.743.5317 • Marathon Yacht Club* | 21 slips 825 33rd St., gulfside | 305.743.6739 • Coconut Cay RV Park and Marina | 12 slips 7200 Aviation Blvd., gulfside | 305.289.1870 [*Those seeking a slip must be members in good standing with the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs (FCYC) and the American Registry of Yacht Clubs (ARYC)].

FUEL • Safe Harbor Marathon 1021 11th St, oceanside 305.743.6575 • Faro Blanco Marina 1996 Overseas Hwy., gulfside 305.743.9018 • Pancho’s Fuel Dock & Supplies 1280 Oceanview Ave., oceanside 305.743.2281 • Burdines Waterfront 1200 Oceanview Ave., oceanside 305.743.5317 • Captain Hook’s Marina 11833 Overseas Hwy., oceanside 305.743.2444 • The Boat House 12399 Overseas Hwy., oceanside 305.481.0653 • Valero* 7301 Overseas Hwy., oceanside (*This is a landlocked location, but it sells Rec 90 fuel and has a wide turnaround area suitable for trailered boats.)

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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 Jan 8, 2022 – Jan 9, 2022 Florida Keys Celtic Festival This annual festival features family-friendly Celtic rock and traditional music, Irish & Scottish Dancing, Sheep-dog herding demonstrations, Pipes & Drums, a Children’s Glen with games, face painting and fun activities, and fabulous Celtic foods and crafts vendors. Marathon Community Park Jan 21, 2022 – Jan 23, 2022 Island Boat Show Boating and watersports aficionados can browse among top boat brands at the event, staged at Hawks Cay Resort, mile marker 61 on Duck Key. Show features major boat brands and vendors. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Jan 21, 2022 – Jan 23, 2022 Sombrero Beach Run Weekend Runners and walkers from around the country come to the Middle Keys for the Sombrero Beach Run, a mixture of athleticism and beach fun. For Saturday’s main event, kids and adults of all ages can participate in a 5k, 10k or 15k. Mar 12, 2022 – Mar 13, 2022 Original Marathon Seafood Festival Shrimp, spiny lobster, stone crab claws and fish, all “fishermen-to-fork fresh,” are to headline the attractions for attendees. For over 40 years, the taste bud– tempting outdoor feast has drawn seafood lovers and Keys families to gather at the Marathon Community Park. MarathonSeafoodFestival.com

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Apr 2, 2022 41st Annual Seven Mile Bridge Run The annual race is staged on the longest of 43 bridges along the Florida Keys’ renowned Overseas Highway. The race is one of the most popular running events in the southeast United States, attracting a field of 1,500 runners from around the world. Jul 16, 2022 – Jul 17, 2022 Florida Keys Brew BQ The Official Florida Keys BBQ and Craft Beer Festival held at the Marathon Community Park offers mouth watering BBQ and over 20 craft beers, amateur BBQ competition, live entertainment, kids activities and shopping. KeysBrewBQ.com

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Museum of Natural History • Gift Shop • Touch Tank Nature Trails • Wild Bird Center • Lagoon Fish • Fish Pedicure • Butterfly Garden • Picnic in the courtyard Historic Adderley House • Kayak Tours • Trolley Tours Scenic view from the Point • Butterfly Conservatory Bee & Pollination Center for Viewing • Site of Historic Train

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