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Frightfully Entertaining! Spectacular Fantasy
Fest events are planned from October
During the month of
October, the Florida Keys transform into the most unique and
entertaining place on earth as the week long Fantasy Festival
A Key to Fun
If your open minded
and you love extravagant parades combined with an endless party
atmosphere, Key West’s Fantasy
Fest is the place to be. The festival includes a menu of costume competitions, masquerade balls,
street fairs and galas.
Compete for over
$10,000 in cash prizes that are being given away at the annual Costume competition
that is being held and is commonly referred to as the Pretenders in Paradise. The competition involves visiting and
local amateur and professional costume designers and is located at the Pier House
Pet Parade Pets are welcome as
well: the WKEY Pet Masquerade and Parade invites the “party
animals”—and their owners—to strut their stuff down the oceanfront
stage at the Westin Key West Resort & Marina (note:
sometimes its difficult to distinguish the owners from the pets) For more information and a
schedule of events, visit
in the Keys!
~Boot Key Harbor
Boat Parade Starts at approximately - 6 p.m.
Key Colony Beach Boat Parade - Sadowski
Causeway at 6 p.m.
December 31st ~
KEY WEST NEW YEARS PARADE
Annual New Year’s Eve Key West Celebrations
The Southernmost City celebrates New Year’s Eve
with a wench drop at Schooner Wharf, a conch
shell drop at Sloppy Joe’s Bar. Sushi at
Bourbon Street Pub/New Orleans House. Fireworks
at White Street Pier & All of Duval street is
closed to traffic for pedestrian enjoyment!
Contact: (305) 292-9520; (305) 296-2388; (305)
Sponsored by BootKeyHarbor.com
Co-Founded in 1997 by Capt. Gregory Absten and
Capt. Sam Nelson
Supported by LIGHTHOUSE CAY CLUB (Sombrero
Judging & Awards
Party at Lighthouse Cay Club
Boot Key Harbor
Lighted Christmas Boat Parade!
ENTER YOUR BOAT !!!!!!!
CLICK HERE for registration form to print, and then
fax to 305-946-0232 or drop off at Lighthouse Cay Club
Tiki Bar (Sombrero Resort)
CLICK HERE for an online registration form.s.
All boats are welcome to enter but
must register. We meet just outside the harbor by the 7
mile bridge, then enter just after sunset. We proceed
all the way through the harbor down to the east end and
back, with judging occurring from Sombrero Resort.
That's where we meet right after the parade to award
trophies and prizes.
The public may view the parade the
closest at Dockside Lounge, Lighthouse Cay Club
(Sombrero), Burdines Waterfront, or the Boot Key Harbor
Bridge, plus the many Condo's up and down the harbor. We
expect many Christmas parties at the numerous condos and
apartments along the route. Meet afterwards at Sombrero
Resort for the post parade party and awards. A portion
of the bar proceeds at Sombrero Resort will be donated
to Grace Jones Day Care Center.
There are 3 opportunities
to recreationally dive for lobster
- Typically Aug - March (Check the DNR website for
- 2 Days Sport Lobster season-
Last consecutive Wed-Thurs in July
1st Week of
Bag Limit: Six (6) per person
per day or twenty-four (24) per boat, whichever
Boundary: All waters around the
Keys extending out to 3 miles in the Atlantic
and to 9 miles in the Gulf.
Diving at Night: Is permitted
in state waters.
Restricted Areas: Within
Pennekamp State Park: Turtle Rocks, Higdon's
Reef, Cannon Patch, Basin Hills North, Basin
Hills East, Basin Hills South, Mosquito Bank
North, Mosquito Bank S.E., Three Sisters North,
Three Sisters South.
Closed Area: Dry Tortugas
Licenses Required: Recreational
harvesters are required to possess a valid
Florida Saltwater Fishing License with a current
Size Limit: Lobster carapace
must be greater than three (3) inches. All
lobster must be measured in the water and
released unharmed if undersized.
Measuring Gauge: Each harvester
must have a gauge made for measuring lobster
while harvesting in the water.
Possession: Lobster must be of
legal size before they are in possession. All
lobster must remain in whole condition while at
Spanish and Slipper Lobster:
Closed to harvest in Key Largo and Looe Key
National Marine Sanctuaries, Everglades National
Park, Pennekamp State Park and Dry Tortugas
Egg-bearing Lobster: Of any
species must be released unharmed. Eggs are an
orange, yellow, brown, or red mass found
covering the underside of the lobster's tail.
Commercial Lobster Traps: It is
a felony to molest, damage, or take lobster from
traps in state or federal waters.
Every year Marathon Key goes lobster crazy when the
"open" lobster season officially opens in early August.
During this month you can often find restaurants that
will cook your catch! If you would rather simply
enjoy the harvest, you'll find unlimited lobster
specials from one end of the island to the next! Anyone
familiar with Florida and diving knows that the Spiny
Lobsters that are local to our waters are prized
catches. They can reach up to 2 feet in length, weigh up
to 15 pounds and can be found under nearly every rock
close to shore.
Sport Lobster Season is always the last consecutive
Wednesday and Thursday in July, beginning at 12:01
A.M. on Wednesday and ending at 12:00 midnight on
Thursday. Regular lobster season begins at 12:01 a.m. and ends March 31st at midnight.
Anyone planning to
hunt lobster in Florida territorial waters must have
a valid recreational saltwater license as well as a
crawfish permit ($2.00) to catch lobster. One-year
licensees for residents are $13.50, while
non-residents can purchase 3-day ($6.50), 7-day
($16.50), or 1-year licenses ($31.50.) Active
military personnel stationed in Florida are
considered to be residents. Licenses are available
through local tax collectors, many tackle shops, and
marine supply stores.
The bag limit for
Florida state waters (nine nautical miles into the
Gulf of Mexico and three nautical miles off the
Atlantic coast) is six lobster per person per day.
During the mini-season, the bag limit in all Florida
counties is 12 per person, per day. The exception to
this rule is Monroe County (the Keys) that has a six
lobster per person, per day limit year round.
The annual Marathon Seafood Festival is sponsored by the Marathon chapter of the Organized
Fishermen of Florida and the Greater Marathon Chamber of
Located at mile marker 52 (bayside),
the airport will be transformed into a fairground and market
for the festival, with vendors offering fresh seafood and
desserts such as Key lime pie as well as arts and crafts,
nautical goods and other merchandise. Additional attractions
will include boat displays, experimental aircraft
demonstrations, airplane rides, jet fighter pilot
simulations and special activities for children including a
Marathon Seafood Festival
Where: Marathon Airport, MM 51, U.S. 1, located
in the center of Marathon
The annual Marathon Seafood Festival
celebrating the fishermen, their catch and their history.
To be held on the grounds at the
Florida Keys Marathon Airport, MM 51, there will be music, a
nautical flea market, marine equipment, boat show, arts and
crafts, airplanes, and FOOD - wonderful dished made from
fresh local seafood.
The "fairgrounds"will be open from
10am to 9pm on Saturday and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday.
Send a legal-size,
self-addressed stamped envelopes to the Marathon Runners
Club to receive their applications.
Seven Mile Bridge, one of the longest segmental bridges
in the world, is the centerpiece of the 113-mile
Overseas Highway that connects the Florida Keys to the
mainland. The annual race gives runners the chance to
traverse the entire expanse of the landmark bridge. The
competition is limited to the first 1,500 entrants whose
fees are received via U.S. mail. The race often fills to
capacity within a few days after applications have been
The Annual Seven Mile
Seven Mile Bridge,
Marathon, Florida Keys
Mail your SASE to
Marathon Runners Club
P.O. Box 500110
Marathon, FL 33050
by Feb. 1 to get your application.
Mail the application back within 2 days of
receipt via express mail.
More info by phone at 305-743-8513
Divisions within the run
traditionally include men's, women's, children's, age 75
and older, and wheelchair, with prizes awarded to top
finishers. The one-of-a-kind run over water is both
scenic and challenging due to the "hill" created by the
shape of the bridge. The bridge will be closed to
traffic 7 -9 a.m. to accommodate the event. All traffic
to and from the mainland is obviously interrupted, as
there is no alternate route.
The race is run by
the Marathon Runners club a small group of individuals
who put this event together to raise money for local
I call it a mail lottery, you mail in a Self Addressed
Stamped Envelope, and about the last week in Feb. They
mail out all the applications. The first 1500 back to
the Marathon post office box are in. Many out of town
and state clubs have taken to sending a prepaid fed ex
or express Mail, envelope to get applications ASAP
Marathon Annual Tarpon
Tournaments - Catch the
100 Pounds of White Lightning on a Rod!
If you haven't experienced the thrill of a monster Tarpon
strike be sure to visit Marathon in the Florida Keys anytime during
the month of May and brace yourself for the experience of a
International Tarpon Tournament Annual
Anglers in one of the longest-running tournaments in the Keys are to
catch and release mighty silver kings using 12- and 20-pound tackle.
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