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Buck Naked's Inc Sea Gear Nautical Sand Sculptures Earlusion Island Girl Publishing Ofishulz Bit-O-Beads Loose Lucy's Sun Stoppers of Put-in-Bay Face Painting & More Fishbone Charmed Queenie Tin & Mirror Co. Coco Plum Real Estate & Vacation Rentals Loose Lucy's Key West Aqua Lily Pad Falbrecht Studios Shark Tested Optics Shark Tested Optics Nature Craft Hammerhead Captain Pips Marina & Hideaway Sunshine Western Hats Touch of Key West Corrado's Gifts Tony Bishop Furniture & Art Work Hip Klips Mini Purse City of Marathon Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters Royal Furniture Chris Bryk Photography Chris Bryk Photography Tarpon Harbour Guy Harvey Hawks Cay Resort Wheels 2 Go Oceanic Gear Coastal Furniture SALT Services Swirly Bracelets Comfort Packs EZ Hang Chairs TLC Design Studio Coastal Docks, LLC Cellofoam of North America Deco Power Lift Florida Keys Polarized Glasses MKMA Southeast Marine Construction Perry Hodies Photography The Angler's Closet Todd's Custom Tinting Chainsaw Sculptures by Scotty Turtle Hospital Aljoma Lumber Inc K*Star Krafts The Cellular Touch-AT&T Pete Airbrush Seacamp Association

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12-13 Music Music line-up features 8 high-energy acts

18-19 Profile Eddie Cordova is 4th-generation captain 22-23 Seafood Festival is all about sea’s bounty

26 DIY Make your own trap for stone crab critters 38 Attractions Where to go, what to do

ON THE COVER: This is what they get — the commercial fishermen of the Keys labor long hours, in sometimes dangerous conditions, to retrieve delicacies such as stone crab claws, lobster, mahi mahi, and Key West pinks. Published MMXVI

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Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center 12222 Overseas Highway, Marathon FL 33050 P. 305.743.5417 F. 305.289.0183 FloridaKeysMarathon.com

The Weekly Newspapers 9709 Overseas Hwy Marathon, FL. 33050 P. 305.743.0844 | F. 305.743.0866 Key West office 5450 MacDonald Ave. No. 5 keysweekly.com Key West, FL. 33040 P. 305.453.6928 | F. 305.743.0866

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Paul Luczynski/Coconut Critters RG Tease Bionic Bands Pop Picture Silver Moon Studio HRT Art Collection/BJ Royster Keez Beez OnBoard Band-It Promotions Guy My Daily Treads-DT Shoes CRT Sales Inc Rhineland Cutlery Splittin Hairs Outdoors BB&T AMP Marine Key West Soap Company RAW Keys Boat Furniture BJ Royster TM Jewelry/PurrFit FKCFA Fishermen's Wives Pirate Tackle Power Tech Men Paw Gourmet Hot Sauces Key Colony Beach Realty, Inc Crushable Hats, Inc Tees by Bo Tropical Parrot-dise Stuff 4 U Caleb Goins Art Paradise Pendants Hudson River Inlay Century 21 Schwartz Realty Salty Scales Jeanne Storeim Marathon Moose Lodge Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary NOAA/National Weather Service Old Crow Custom Metal Art Spicy Rhodes Ahead Marathon Wild Bird Center Crane Point Museum & Nature Trails DTU Inc Signature Marine Anne's Feather Art Eagles Nest Outfitters Fishermen's Community Hospital Fishermen's Hospital Employee Club Blue Spearit/Yoslan O'Farrill Starfish Designs Pat Marti

Food Boats Boats Side Gate

Smooties/Freida Marathon Boat Yard Unique Marine Abate

Art Show -Various Local Artists

Now in its 40th year, what began with local commercial fishermen in Marathon as a way to get together and celebrate the fruits of their labor, is now an amazing event that attracts more than 20,000 people every year. From humble beginnings, The Original Marathon Seafood Festival has blossomed into an event that now has over 250 volunteers, more than 220 vendors and involves many local groups and agencies that help put the family-fun festival together. Each year more than $75,000 in event proceeds find their way back to the pockets of local charitable organizations such as local food banks, daycare centers, cancer research and medical assistance, scholarships, youth sports, and many more. The festival also serves as an economic boon for our local businesses by bringing in thousands of people from around the world. All in all, the Original Marathon Seafood Festival is a win-win for everyone here in Marathon and the Middle Keys. So enjoy the live music, unique gifts, art, boats, games and rides, and most importantly … the freshest seafood in the world. Come on over and visit us both Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13 at Marathon Community Park. On behalf of the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, as well as our event coorganizers the Organized Fishermen of Florida (Marathon chapter), we hope you and your family have a wonderful time at the 40th annual Original Marathon Seafood Festival. Sea you at the festival! Sincerely, Daniel Samess, M.S. Chief Executive Officer, Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center ceo@floridakeysmarathon.com FloridaKeysMarathon.com MarathonSeafoodFestival.com RelocateToTheFloridaKeys.com


Sign me up By Kristen Livengood

Seafood fest a well-oiled machine because of volunteers

Volunteers are the life blood of any successful event or fundraiser, and with more than 500 volunteers donating thousands of hours each year, the Original Marathon Seafood Festival generates the manpower to create the most successful event in Marathon year after year. Josh Struyf, who graduated from Marathon High School in ’99 has been a volunteer at the festival since he was 12 years old. “My dad was a fisherman, so my parents were involved with the event for 25-30 years,” he said about his position as the coordinator of the drink booth, which he and 15 of his closest friends and family man during the two-day festival. “We are a part of it, we always have been.” Before him his mom, Debbie, made sure the booth was always stocked with the some of the best volunteers in the Keys, including locals like Whitney Simmons and Rodney Altman. Those two instituted the practice of cutting apart every six-pack of plastic rings, just in case they were to ever blow out of the trashcans and hurt the local wildlife. Family, like Annie Ehrenberg, help the booth run smooth, “she’s like the general,” he said. Although Struyf lives in Ft. Lauderdale now, he returns each year to volunteer with his girlfriend and son at the back corner tent that exclusively slings soda and bottled water. “My daughter Kaya lives here and we are all a part of this community,” he said. “It’s a generational family event and it’s something I remember fondly from when I was a kid.” Plus, to make the deal even better, volunteers are always admitted free AND they get a sweet seafood fest T-shirt. Daniel Samess, CEO of the Marathon Chamber of Commerce, and co-organizer of the event said volunteers are so important; without them, there would be no seafood fest. “It is a community effort, and part of that effort is the hard work and amazing dedication of our volunteers each year who make the event so great for the locals and visitors,” he said. “We are so grateful for our volunteers.”

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KRISTEN LIVENGOOD/ Keys Weekly The beverage booth tent volunteers come back year after year to help at the event.


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vendor directory Saturday, March 12 & Sunday, March 13

BOOTH - VENDOR A B C,D E F,G,H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W-Y 1 2 3,4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11-14 15 16 17 18-21 22 23 24,25 26,27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37,38 39,40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

Buck Naked's Inc Sea Gear Nautical Sand Sculptures Earlusion Island Girl Publishing Ofishulz Bit-O-Beads Loose Lucy's Sun Stoppers of Put-in-Bay Face Painting & More Fishbone Charmed Queenie Tin & Mirror Co. Coco Plum Real Estate & Vacation Rentals Loose Lucy's Key West Aqua Lily Pad Falbrecht Studios Shark Tested Optics Shark Tested Optics Nature Craft Hammerhead Captain Pips Marina & Hideaway Sunshine Western Hats Touch of Key West Corrado's Gifts Tony Bishop Furniture & Art Work Hip Klips Mini Purse City of Marathon Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters Royal Furniture Chris Bryk Photography Chris Bryk Photography Tarpon Harbour Guy Harvey Hawks Cay Resort Wheels 2 Go Oceanic Gear Coastal Furniture SALT Services Swirly Bracelets Comfort Packs EZ Hang Chairs TLC Design Studio Coastal Docks, LLC Cellofoam of North America Deco Power Lift Florida Keys Polarized Glasses MKMA Southeast Marine Construction Perry Hodies Photography The Angler's Closet Todd's Custom Tinting Chainsaw Sculptures by Scotty Turtle Hospital Aljoma Lumber Inc K*Star Krafts The Cellular Touch-AT&T Pete Airbrush Seacamp Association

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Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation Master Craft Florida Keys SPCA Nature's Treasures Blue Marble Concepts Pirate Republic LLC Domestic Abuse Shelter, Inc. Holiday Inn Express/Tarpon Creek Bar & Grill Hairwinders/Toys Realty Executives Florida Keys Wesley House Family Services Reel Fishy Apparel Demca Demo Marion Artwork.com Florida Keys Mosquito Control Florida Keys Contractor's Assoc AER Photography Rusty's Bamboo Art A Spice Above Brown's Taxidermy Annalisa Hat Collection & Accessories Red Cherry Name Painting MamaOcean Oriental Nursery Farm Nancy's Nonsense Florida Keys Television-TV 88 Diane’s Collections & Designs Re/Max All Keys Pigeon Key Foundation Keleri Art Studio Keynoter Publishing DC's Etched Glass Decals Glunz Ocean Beach Hotel & Resort Ladyfish Designs Stingray Steve Island Images Resort Furniture Funky Jewelry by Melissa Woods Rotary Club of Marathon/First State Bank Florida-Detroit Diesel-Allison Mikee Jones Scholarship Fund Antonio Mendez Art Creation Dolphin Research Center/Centennial Bank Florida Keys Journal LLC Florida Keys Island Salts, LLC Over the Seas Properties Last Resort Ministry Window D'cor and More Mangrove Maggie's Trading Company USCG Auxilary Sandbar Studio Stingray Steve Garry's Bamboo Items Jose Valdes Glass Tropical Wine Mix Kip Kennedy Fish Skinz Unique Arts Overseas Outfitters One Stop Hats

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Paul Luczynski/Coconut Critters RG Tease Bionic Bands Pop Picture Silver Moon Studio HRT Art Collection/BJ Royster Keez Beez OnBoard Band-It Promotions Guy My Daily Treads-DT Shoes CRT Sales Inc Rhineland Cutlery Splittin Hairs Outdoors BB&T AMP Marine Key West Soap Company RAW Keys Boat Furniture BJ Royster TM Jewelry/PurrFit FKCFA Fishermen's Wives Pirate Tackle Power Tech Men Paw Gourmet Hot Sauces Key Colony Beach Realty, Inc Crushable Hats, Inc Tees by Bo Tropical Parrot-dise Stuff 4 U Caleb Goins Art Paradise Pendants Hudson River Inlay Century 21 Schwartz Realty Salty Scales Jeanne Storeim Marathon Moose Lodge Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary NOAA/National Weather Service Old Crow Custom Metal Art Spicy Rhodes Ahead Marathon Wild Bird Center Crane Point Museum & Nature Trails DTU Inc Signature Marine Anne's Feather Art Eagles Nest Outfitters Fishermen's Community Hospital Fishermen's Hospital Employee Club Blue Spearit/Yoslan O'Farrill Starfish Designs Pat Marti

Food Boats Boats Side Gate

Smooties/Freida Marathon Boat Yard Unique Marine Abate

Art Show -Various Local Artists

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TERRY CASSIDY & GARY HEMPSEY Terry Cassidy made his way to Key West for a two-week vacation in 1979 and never left. He’s performed music from Key West to Marco Island, and is proficient on guitar and banjo, leaning toward traditional and bluegrass music. Gary Hempsey performs renditions of songs true to the original, while interjecting just enough of his unique energy and style so you never forget that you are listening to a live performance. He’s also a songwriter: “Charter Boat Chum Wars.” terrycassidy.com

CHLOE DOLANDIS (WITH CHRISTIAN DAVIS) A young voice with an old soul, Chloe Dolandis moves audiences with her powerful vocals and commanding stage presence. Her debut album, “Bring Back The Fever,” offers a blend of jazz, pop, and soul. Marathon’s own Christian Davis is Chloe’s musical director and guitar wizard. Chloe has performed alongside jazz legends, Grammy winners and even V.P. Joe Biden. She’s also known as a Nickelodeon television host. chloedolandis.com

I-LAND VIBE I-Land Vibe calls itself a Caribbean band — they play a mixture of reggae, soca, calypso and other island beats. For the last 14 years they have been playing in the Florida Keys, including 10 of these as the resident band at the world famous Holiday Isle in Islamorada. They live the “island vibe” daily. i-landvibe.com

JIMMY HAWKINS WITH FELIX THE CAT Drummer Luke Ptomey rounds out this blues/rock/reggae power trio. South Florida blues legend Jimmy Hawkins wields a mighty axe and promises to shine on guitar and vocals, while his son Felix will lay down a solid groove with Luke and let loose his Jamaican-influenced bass “riddims.” JADE STORM Led by singer/songwriters Adrienne Z and John Bartus, and rounded out with drummer Glenn Faast, bassist Rob Garza, and guitarist Steven Miller, Jade Storm brings quite a variety of classic rock as well as John and Adrienne’s original songs from their CDs. Expect anything from quiet acoustic numbers to all-out rockers, including trips to Dire Straits, Heart, Tom Petty… and of course, Pink Floyd. johnbartus.com • adriennemusic.com

THE REGS Modern rock, alternative rock, classic/heavy rock – simply put, the Regs rock! Miguel Gonzales on bass and Kenny Wendland on drums join veterans Scotty Migone on guitar and Little John on vocals. Look for a new song set that features the vocals of Miguel and Kenny, as well as adding a whole new dimension to Scotty’s guitar “voice” as well. The Regs are the hardest working band in South Florida! regsrock.com

Saturday, March 12 11 a.m. — Terry Cassidy & Gary Hempsey 1 p.m. — I-land Vibe 3 p.m. — Jimmy Hawkins with Felix the Catt 5 p.m. — Jade Storm 7 p.m. — The Regs

Sunday, March 13 Noon — Chloe Dolandis with Christian Davis 2 p.m. — Amber Leigh 4 p.m. — Stone Crabs

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AMBER LEIGH With stunning beauty, this powerhouse vocalist and redhead Celtic fiddler is a country music sensation. South Florida’s Female Entertainer of the Year three years running, Amber Leigh is always surrounded by her world-class band in which they combine the flavors of country, pop, and Celtic into their high-energy live show that bring audiences to their knees. She is a profoundly talented musician, dazzling her audiences with her seemingly effortless musicianship on fiddle, guitar, mandolin and vocals and is a veteran of several Seafood Festivals. amberleigh.com   STONE CRABS A local favorite, the Stone Crabs combine fresh music and players with a decidedly Marathon flavor! Alternative rock and island jams combine into one cool groove incorporating the various influences of reggae, rock, folk, hip-hop, and more! It’s an eclectic array of covers and original music, and the combination this group brings offers the perfect way to close out the Seafood Festival.


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A Grimes family tradition Weekly Staff Kristen Livengood (neé Grimes), a Weekly staffer, comes from a family of watermen. It’s nothing to hop on the boat for an hour in the afternoon to pull their personal traps or spearfish for dinner. So, it is a great honor to publish this heirloom recipe of this true island family. On the first day of Lobster Mini Season, the Grimes family sets up an assembly line in mom’s kitchen to create these little bite size masterpieces.

Ingredients

• Fresh Florida Spiny lobster • Bacon • Original Bull-s-Eye BBQ Sauce* • Paper towels • Toothpicks, or skewers

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Instructions

• Preheat oven to broil, high. • In a large pot, boil lobster tails for three minutes. Let cool, and chunk into big bite size pieces. • Lay bacon crisscrossed, six pieces under six pieces. Microwave bacon halfway so it’s hot — about two and half minutes — but not fully cooked. Soak off grease with paper towels. Slice bacon in half. • Wrap bacon around lobster ball and secure with toothpick, or skewer. • Dip lobster ball into bowl of Bull-s-Eye BBQ Sauce and coat thoroughly. • Place balls on broiler pan that will allow the bacon grease drip off. (See paper towels.) • Broil until topside of bacon is crispy and then remove from oven and flip each ball; approximately 3 minutes each side. • Cool to taste — if you can wait that long — and enjoy!

*(No substitutions; only this brand will do.)

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Eddie Cordova Jr.’s grandfather

Eddie Cordova Sr.

FAMILY TRAD Capt. Eddie Cordova Jr. and his crew — Ricky, left, and Dominic.

Eddie Cordova Jr. has spent his entire life on the water.

Eddie Cordova Jr. and his girlfriend, Capt. Kelly Nichols

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ike great-grandfather, like grandfather, like father, like son. The Cordova family started fishing decades ago in Cuba. The second-generation patriarch, Eustevio — father to Eddie Sr. and grandfather to Eddie Jr. — used a small sailing boat to get around the island nation. On breezy days, they sailed to the fishing grounds, otherwise they had to use a small auxiliary engine. “When I was seven years old, he took me out of school to work on the boat,” said Edie Sr. “By the time we came to the U.S.A., I was the mate.” For months at a stretch, they combed Cuban waters looking for stone crab and lobster. But after the Bay of Pigs in 1961, the Cordova family sought safety across the Florida Straits. Grandfather Eustevio, and Eddie Sr. and his older brother made the crossing to Miami first. The rest of the family followed four years later and then moved to Marathon in 1975.

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There was no reason to change profession, they said. Or boat, for that matter; at least not right away. Eddie Sr. built his own 43-foot boat in the early ’80s; the same boat Eddie Jr. pilots today. “I love that boat. That boat is part of me,” said Eddie Jr.

Eddie Jr. was born a Conch in 1988, a late addition to the family. From the time he was a toddler, he spent every day at his father’s former fish house down on 15th Street. “He ordered everybody around. He was the boss, even though he was only four years old,” said Eddie Sr., laughing. Eddie Jr. recalls those years fondly, especially the hours spent with his grandfather Eustevio. “He taught me to throw a cast net. He taught me to love fishing,” Eddie Jr. said. Although

he fit in time for an associate’s degree at Florida Keys Community College, Eddie Jr. said there was no other career he wanted to explore. Eddie Sr. has semi-retired and Eddie Jr. is responsible for the business. Years ago, Eddie Sr. was one of the first handful of Hispanics to join the Marathon chapter of Organized Fishermen of Florida (OFF), the co-host of the Marathon Seafood Festival. Now, Eddie Jr. is a second vice president on the board of directors. “They’re both hardworkers,” said Paul Lebo, president of OFF’s Marathon chapter. “They’re always out in the boat.”


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commercial fisherman is a special breed. They have to love fishing, of course, but the rest of their genetic makeup is just as atypical. They have to love their boat, and the smell of fish. They have to be technical, capable of operating all the specialized electronic gear, and they have to be a bit of a bureaucrat, too, to manage all of the paperwork. Most importantly, they need to embrace risk. “We’re like professional gamblers. It’s $1,000 to $1,200 every time we untie the lines,” said Eddie Jr., about how much it costs “per trip,” regardless of whether it’s a successful outing. On top of that, they spend the entire season preparing to catch an animal that may — or may not — make an abundant appearance in local waters.

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Local fishermen operate under very strict industry regulation. On the one hand, it’s a burden that requires them to head to distant fishing spots, for example. On the other, it’s a blessing. “The thing I am most afraid of is that our waters will become overfished and I will lose not only my livelihood, but the life that I have,” Eddie Jr. said.

For Eddie Jr., fishing is the past and the present and the future. He plans to acquire 2,000 more stone crab and lobster fishing trap tags to bring him to an even 8,000. And he’s dating Kelly Nichols, a well-respected female commercial captain. Which just begs the question — when do they ever find time to see each other? “Our paths cross a lot out on the water,” he said, gesturing to the Gulf of Mexico. “Plus, when I have a day off I will join her on the boat and vice versa. She understands the amount of time we have to put into this business. Plus, I can talk to her on the radio.”

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Interestingly, commercial fishing is not the life Eddie Sr. would have chosen for his son. “It’s a hard way to make a living. But I told him, ‘If it’s what makes you happy, go for it.’” Which just may mean there will one day be a fifth generation of Cordovas in the wheelhouse.

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nlike other Florida festivals that bill themselves as a “seafood” event, the Original Marathon Seafood Festival is the real deal. Forty years ago, the festival was organized by commercial fishermen. The same holds true today, in 2016.

Stone crab

Stone crab meat is sweet and delicious and most commonly served with mustard dipping sauce. Did you know the fishery is completely renewable? Fishermen take only the claw before putting the crab back in the water.

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Fishing Campfires Dissections Field & Water Games Underwater Obstacle Course Reef Fish Identification Invertebrate Lab & Touch Tanks Optional SCUBA Cert. (12+ yrs) Snorkeling around Pigeon Key and at Sombrero Reef

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Fresh from Keys waters is the Florida spiny lobster, nothing like its Northern cousin from Maine. Our “bugs” don’t have claws nor grow as large and the meat is a bit saltier and a bit chewier than its Maine cousin.

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Mahi Mahi

Mahi fish fillets will be the fish of the day on the heaping plates of fried goodness. Alive, the fish has a stunning iridescent coat of blue-green colors. Cooked, it’s a clean white meat with a mild taste and firm body.

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Key West Pinks

Shrimp found in local waters can grow to enormous sizes — think small lobster. At the seafood festival, they are served steamed, sprinkled with spices and ready to peel. The shrimp are sweet and plump and tasty.

Conch ceviche

Ceviche is like a cold salsa made with raw fish. By the time it’s done marinating in the base of lime juice, however, the meat is considered “cured.” Ceviche also features a healthy dose of fresh cilantro and onion.

Conch frit ters

Conch is a shell fish, carefully harvested from gorgeous pink-lipped shells. The fish is cut into tiny pieces, or ground, then tenderized. It’s added to the fritter batter and dropped into boiling oil, served piping hot with a side dish of red cocktail sauce.

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dIY: Stone Crabs Residents can have up to five traps each

By Kristen Livengood There is more than one way to get stone crabs in the Keys, but a favorite among locals is doing it themselves. Below are some legal rules and helpful tips: The minimum size of a claw is 2 ¾ inches, measured from the inside of the knuckle joint to the lower tip of the immovable claw. Claws can be collected via five recreational traps per person, or by a dip net. In no way, shape, or form can a stone crabber puncture, hurt, hook, or injure the crab’s body – stone crab might be the Florida Keys’ most important renewable resource since they grow back the claws. Bag limit is one gallon of claws per person, or two gallons per vessel, whichever is less. Egg-bearing crabs have orange egg sacks affixed underneath their bodies: do not a claw off any egg bearing stone crab; it’s illegal.

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The easiest way to fish for stone crabs is to buy a trap kit from a local store like Cudjoe Sales or The Home Depot. Kits run about $20 per trap, and will come with everything to get wet except the concrete, and are available in a variety of materials. “I have found that plastic works best for durability reasons,” said local John Kotch, who keeps his traps in grassy areas adjacent to sandy spots and uses a pig foot as bait. He sets his traps about a half-mile out bayside and checks them every 10-14 days. An important trap element is the biodegradable cypress or pine slat. If a trap goes missing — either a buoy dragged away by a propeller or a whole trap washed away in a storm — the crabs will eventually escape. The “R” must be visible on all recreational buoys and the trap’s owner information (name and address) affixed or etched into the trap. Legally both claws, if of size, can be removed, but some leave the smaller one to help the crab defend itself. The renewable delicacy don’t need its claws to eat, but can eat more and regenerate the other claw faster with one. Sound like a lot of work? That’s okay, all the fish markets and restaurants also have stone crab on the menu. Season is open through May 15.


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10. Oysters are aphrodisiacs. 11. Saturday morning Bloody Marys and Cuban coffee. (To be enjoyed separately depending on your condition.) 12. Complimentary tan lines courtesy of OFF (Organized Fishermen of Florida) and the Marathon Chamber of Commerce.

1. Voted “Best Local Festival” by the people of Marathon – eight years in a row!

13. Lobster and fish dinner for $18.

20. Rotary’s Wheelbarrow of Cheer at booth 89. 21. There could be a clown on stilts.

2. It showcases what’s special — the abundance of local seafood. The fish is fresh, the shrimp are pink, the lobster whole.

22. The gratification of money well spent.

Reasons to Love the Original Marathon Seafood Festival 2016

3. $5 smoked fish dip. 4. The Seafood Festival raises thousands of dollars for local college scholarships. 5. Parents get to visit with other parents while all the ‘littles’ scream with delight on the games and rides. 6. The ring of the bell in the beer tent — each “ding” means money raised for local youth athletics.

19. The chance to meet real, live commercial fishermen and honor Marathon’s fishing heritage.

14. The golf cart folks will give you a ride if you ask nicely. 15. BFFs can schedule volunteer shifts together. 16. The Sheriff’s Deputies who keep us safe while crossing the Overseas Highway.

23. Cool festival T-shirts. 24. “Climb that wall get 50 bucks!” 25. The French fry booth and Teddy V’s caterwauling. 26. Another year of happy memories to add to the brain bank.

7. The Weekly’s “Pin Your Hometown” map.

17. The music — especially Amber Leigh’s fantastic fiddlin’ performances.

27. The Key lime pie.

8. The squad of students who clean the dining tables for club donations.

18. Free lemon slices!

28. Buck Naked cooking expo.

9. The visitors who love our festival so much they plan their vacation around it.

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29. Splurging on a couple extra calories because we burned them off last weekend at the annual Sombrero Beach Run.


30. The only event that is bilaterally endorsed by Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Justin Bieber (all which are equally qualified to be your next president). 31. The weather. 32. RAW Wear jewelry and clothing. Check out booths 131 and 132. 33. The military salute at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Early Bird Special 4PM-6PM Every Day

Buy one entree get the second “on the house.”

Prime Rib Friday

34. Where white, rubber boots are fashionable. 35. Checking out the fine print on everyone’s T-shirts and trying to figure out where they’re from or where they’ve been. Best of 2015: Phuket, Thailand. 36. A sunburned Dan Samess. 37. $3 draft beer refills and collectible(!), commemorative plastic beer steins. 38.  $3 million estimated economic impact. 39. Selfies with Bennett Orr. 40. We catch it, clean it, cook it and you do the rest.

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GA ME S Adults come for the seafood and music. Kids only have two things on their mind: games and rides. This year, the Marathon Seafood Festival will feature some old favorites and new fun.

[NEW] Shooting gallery

This shooting gallery uses “paintless” paint balls. Two players challenge each other to hit the target as many times as possible. The game has lots of lights and sounds and also keeps score for the players.

[NEW] Giant Jenga & corn hole

Maybe not life-size, but this Jenga game is big. The boards stack about 3.5 feet high and the tower gets even taller as the game begins. There will also be about 10 sets of corn hole in the back corner of the festival grounds, closest to the ball fields.

Quad jump

The Quad power jumps can only be called fun. Jumpers are set up in a state-of-the-art harness, connected to the patented bungee cords, and raised up for a jumping good time. Cushioned by custom inflatable bounce pads, jumper’s can get up to 32 feet high!

Rock wall

Both kids and grownups gravitate toward the rock wall. At more than 25 feet high, its an extreme climbing experience. The safety features include a four-sided auto belay system that makes it safe. Look for bits of cash dangling way up high. Those who grab it, keep it.

Obstacle course

It’s back again. After a few years’ absence, the inflatable obstacle course is returning to Marathon. Players race each other around a variety of obstacles to the very back of the course, then return at a dead run to climb over the wall and slide down to the finish.

Bounce house & slide

In addition to all the other fun and games, the Marathon Seafood Festival will also feature the always popular Space Shuttle inflatable slide. It’s a modern version of the black hole, wherein children disappear and reappear at random moments, sweaty and out of breath. Ditto the UFO bounce house.

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Attractions CRANE POINT HAMMOCK, nature center. The museum features several exhibits, nature path to the gulfside shore, gift shop and a restored Conch home available for tour. MM 50.5, gulfside cranepoint.net / 305.743.9100

DOLPHIN RESEARCH CENTER. This Facility offers visitors a variety of ways to enjoy dolphins. There are several exhibitions daily, plus packages to interact with the dolphins more closely. The center has about 20 dolphins, three sea lions and a splash park for kids. MM 59, gulfside www.dolphins.org / 305.289.0002

FLORIDA KEYS AQUARIUM ENCOUNTERS. Guests submerge in huge, saltwater tanks with a variety of reef fish and creatures, plus feed larger fish (like sharks!) through a small opening. Sting ray and nurse shark encounters are also offered, plus a lagoon swim. MM 53, gulfside / 305.407.3262 floridakeysaquariumencounters.com HISTORIC PIGEON KEY. Once used as a camp for workers constructing the 7 Mile Bridge, the tiny island in the center of the span is now a marine science camp, research facility and historical monument. Visitors can walk (4 miles, roundtrip) along the old section of the bridge or take a ferry from Knights Key. MM 47, oceanside pigeonkey.net / 305.743.5559

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TURTLE HOSPITAL. This Middle Keys facility does many things — it rescues injured sea turtles, rehabilitates them and returns them to the wild when possible; and educates visitors about the animal and its plight. Visitors can tour the turtle pens and the hospital to learn about sea turtles indigenous to the Florida Keys. MM 48.5, oceanside turtlehospital.org / 305.743.5999

Parks

MARATHON COMMUNITY PARK. This city-owned park features a playground, ball fields, a skate park, basketball and tennis courts. It also has an amphitheater and is the site of town festivals, such as the The Original Marathon Seafood Festival. It’s located at U.S.1 and 36th Street in Marathon. OCEANFRONT PARK. Marathon’s newest passive park features a kayak launch and oceanfront boardwalk with

Events

• Marathon Community Theatre’s “A Funny Thing”: March 10-April 9 • 38th Annual Marathon House & Garden Tour: March 5  • 9th annual Sombrero Beach Run: March 5 • Original Marathon Seafood Festival: March 12-13 • 7 Mile Bridge Run: April 9 • BPW Taste of the Islands: March 20 • Marathon Offshore Bull & Cow Dolphin Tournament: April 30-May 1 • Super Boat International Offshore Race: June 24-26 • 4th of July Fireworks: July 4 • Keys Lobster Sport Season: July 27-28 • Marathon International Bonefish Tournament: Sept. 24-27

information panels about our native habitat and marine life. A perfect spot for fishing or simply enjoying an ocean breeze. It’s located in front of City Hall between 98th and 99th Street Ocean. ROTARY CHILDREN’S PARK. Kids love the Thomas the Train climbing apparatus plus all of the other multilevel climbing, swinging and sliding equipment for children of various ages and abilities. It features a shade pavilion and a restroom. Adjacent to the kids’ area, is a fenced dog park where visitors and locals let their fourlegged babies play. It’s located on U.S. between 75th and 76th streets.

Beaches

SOMBRERO BEACH. This city-owned beach is the jewel of the Middle Keys. It features a long, white beach, clear blue waters, restrooms, a playground, picnic pavilions, fishing pier and volleyball courts. Sombrero Beach Road, Marathon, (near MM 50) CURRY HAMMOCK STATE PARK. This state park is more popular among kayakers and paddleboarders than sunbathers. It’s within paddling distance of several beautiful mangrove islands and a pristine white sandbar. The park features a playground, restrooms and picnic pavilions. Recently, it’s been discovered by kiteboarders. Crawl Key, just north of Marathon, (near MM 56) COCO PLUM. This oceanside beach is left almost entirely in its natural state and facilities are minimal. It’s popular among dog owners and shell collectors. It has fewer visitors than other area beaches and is often deserted. Coco Plum Drive, Marathon, (near MM 54)


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Recycle Right in the Florida Keys Recycle the following items Plastic Bottles & Containers #s 1 - 7 Plastic lids and caps are OK!

Paperboard Boxes Office Paper Newspapers Magazines Catalogues Phone Books Aluminum & Metal Cans Clean foil and foil containers Paperback book Junk Mail Cereal Boxes Corrugated Cardboard Paper Milk, Juice and Soup Cartons Glass Bottles & Jars

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Pick-Up Day

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11th - 30th Ocean Side 12th- 52nd Gulf Side

Thursday

48th St Ocean - 74th St Ocean Side Wednesday 60th, 61st, & 70th Gulf Side 75th - 117th Ocean & Gulfside Behind Airport & Aviation Including Stirrup Key

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Sombrero Beach Road

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Vaca Cut- Coco Plum

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Key Colony Beach

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Long Key - Layton

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