Monthly Archives: May 2012

Weekly Weather Report: May 14-20

This week’s weather forecast is looking truly tropical, with temperatures creeping up the high 80’s, reaching close to 90 degrees on Wednesday. Humidity is expected to hover up by 70% all week, with scattered thunderstorms forecasted at their usual 30% chance. We’ll have an updated fishing report for you tomorrow, with most area charters reporting that legal limits have been met each day– great news for you angling enthusiasts! UV index is about a 9-10 this week, which means high SPFs are recommended for all ages. It’s a great week to be out on the water or holed up at the Tiki Bar with a nice cold drink. Make sure to stop in at the Butterfly Cafe for a refreshing and indulgent slice of Key Lime Pie! You won’t be sorry.

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Marathon’s Turtle Hospital: Fun for All Ages

On his recent trip to the Keys, Florida Governor Rick Scott made sure to pay a visit to Marathon’s Turtle Hospital, where the governor helped release a once-injured 30-pound sea turtle named “Sas” back into the wild. After being rescued by a fisherman who found Sas tangled in a lobster trap line, the good folks at the Turtle Hospital made sure to give Sas the best in modern turtle medical treatments– something you and your family can learn firsthand about when you visit the Turtle Hospital for a tour. This incredible Marathon institution has been dedicated to the rehabilitation and re-introduction of sea turtles into the wild for over 25 years. Offering a wide range of educational programs, the Turtle Hospital is a must-see for anyone visiting Marathon. Stop in today and learn about these majestic creatures and what humans can do to protect and heal them!

The hospital offers guided educational experiences to the public daily 7 days a week. Please call 305-743-2552 for further information and reservations.

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Mother’s Day is almost here — make your reservation now!

Why not tell mom just how much she means to you by treating her to dinner at Tranquility Bay’s own fabulous restaurant, The Butterfly Cafe? With a special Mother’s Day menu featuring delicious favorites like creamy lobster ravioli, lump crab cakes and even coconut-almond crusted Yellowtail Snapper, it’s a meal that mom is sure to remember for years to come. Voted the #1 restaurant in Marathon, Florida by TripAdvisor, The Butterfly Cafe offers fine dining in a relaxed, breezy atmosphere.

Being a Mom today is no easy task. So for all the mothers in your life, show them you care by making your reservation now– before it’s too late! Leave the elaborate flower arrangements and last-minute chocolates alone and give mom something she’ll really love: a delicious meal with her family, the memory of which she’ll be able to treasure forever.

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Fishing Report

Here in Marathon the fishing is heating up almost as fast as the temperature! The scramble for big grouper began May 1st when the season opened, with most boats reporting limits being met on every trip out.  All of the grouper species seem to be getting a big boost from the stricter rules that were recently put into place, with average catches ringing in as significantly larger than they were just three years ago. Dolphin (also known as Mahi-Mahi) are reported to be running hard along the offshore weedlines, with scoolies as well as bigger fish sighted in abundance.  Sailfish are also being reported as plentiful, thanks to the warmer weather which results in bold striking of live bait and jumping wildly when hooked.  Almost all local charters have reported between 10 and 30 releases a day, which even for this time of year is spectacular.

What are you waiting for? Grab your gear and get on out there! If you’re at a loss as to which charter best fits your needs or simply need directions to the nearest bait shop, ask one of the helpful front desk agents at Tranquility Bay. They’ll point you in the right direction!

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Sanctuary Friends in Focus Film Series Presents: Sharks At Risk

This Thursday, May 10th, from 6:30 to 8:30 visitors are invited to participate in the most recent offering from Marathon’s own Friends in Focus, a monthly series of lectures and films co-sponsored by the Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys. The film series is free of charge and welcomes all who are interested in learning more about marine life and the beautiful but fragile ecosystem we have here in the Keys.

“Sharks at Risk” paints a compelling portrait of the illustrious predator, feared for centuries and often misunderstood. These powerful creatures play a vital role in the delicate ecosystem of the ocean. Modern fishing practices have greatly diminished the sharks’ populations and habitat, causing a dramatic upset in the natural balance of the ocean. Bring family & friends to this hard-hitting, beautiful film to learn more about sharks and their essential role in our world.

Located at the Marathon Power Squadron Education Building, 12 Loggerhead Lane in Marathon, FL. For more information, call 305-289-2288 or email

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Spotlight on: Sombrero Beach

Nestled away from Highway One is arguably one of the nicest beaches in the Florida Keys: Marathon’s own Sombrero Beach, located at mile-marker 50. With a remote-feeling location away from traffic that is quiet and pristine, Sombrero beach is the perfect place to while away the hours of your Marathon vacation. Free to enter, it has large parking areas and hosts facilities that are modern, spotless and attractive. Try a leisurely swim in pristine, calm waters or lay back and dig your toes into the soft, white sand. The adjoining park offers picnic benches, shade areas, nice bathrooms, volleyball courts, outdoor showers and stunning oceanside views. In addition, after a 2001 redevelopment by the city of Marathon, the beach now offers full handicap accessibility. Sombrero beach is surrounded by water on both its south and west side, giving visitors ample room to stretch out and feel secluded in their own private oasis. Be sure to stay late and catch the famous Keys sunset from the west side, where views are truly picturesque!

For more information on Sombrero beach or any other Marathon beach, visit

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Weather report

It’s shaping up to  be a hot one here in Marathon, Florida, with weekly temperatures expected to rocket upwards to almost 90 degrees on Wednesday before tapering off around 84 degrees for the rest of the week and weekend. Humidity is expected to stay relatively high, hovering between 60% and 70%, with a UV index of 10. That means high SPFs and lots of water, everyone! It’s certainly going to be a great week and weekend to get out on the water and try your hand at fishing with some of Marathon’s famous charters– check with the front desk for suggestions on which boat best fits your needs.

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Marathon Community Theatre Presents: Forever Plaid

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This goofy musical revue centers on four singers in the 1950s who are killed in a car crash on their way to their first big concert, but who return to fulfill their dreams posthumously. Called “A hilariously charming musical perfect for the entire family,” this quirky tribute to music features classic favorites such as “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “Crazy ‘Bout Ya, Baby,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Chain Gang,” “Lady of Spain,” “Shangri-La,” “Rags to Riches,” “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing,” and many more.
And now, as part of a special promotion, anyone purchasing two tickets to a play on any Thursday, other than opening night, will receive $5 off the price of the two tickets when both are purchased and paid for in one transaction.
For more information, show times, and box office contact info, visit
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The “Battle in the Bay” Dragon Boat Festival is back!

You won’t want to miss this May 12th event, which is free to watch and fun for the whole family. These authentic dragon boat beach-launch races are unique to Marathon, where the “Battle in the Bay” has been celebrated for four years. This high-action 400 meter race benefits local charities and offers all-day fun for people of all ages, including a special performance of traditional Japanese Taiko drumming– truly out of this world!

For event day information, directions, and photos, visit:
Or call Karen Bowers at 305-766-1053.

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6th Annual Mother’s Day Dolphin Tournament

Celebrate mom the old fashioned way– by winning her a big cash prize!

On May 11th and 12th, 2012, join some of the best anglers in the Keys as they vie for $15,000 in cash and prizes, with a $5,000 prize to the heaviest fish!
Registrants are invited to participate in a mandatory captain’s meeting on the evening of May 11th, after which the tournament begins the following morning at a prompt 7:30am. This 8-hour Dolphin-only tournament benefits the Habitat for Humanity Middle Keys chapter. Each $200.00 angler fee (with a $15.00 discount if you register online!) includes entry, one meal ticket for both the Captain’s Dinner and the Awards Banquet, a long sleeve tournament shirt and one goodie bag. Additional meal tickets may be purchased for each event.

Registration continues through May 11th at the Captain’s Meeting or online at:

For more information, contact Christine Todd Young at 305-797-5779, or email:

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