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January 2018 Vol. 19 No. 1

Chairman’s Report: I LoveWhenWeWork Together

of many and the good leadership of a few. A lot of folks came together with the purpose of hosting a Christmas event for our children and their parents to be a welcome reprieve, albeit temporary, from all the issues facing our members, their families and the community at large since Hurricane lrma. I like to believe that the mission was accomplished. However, be sure, many of our businesses continue to suffer. Some are not coming back any time soon, some not at all, but for a brief moment we had a great time together. Kudos to the Key Largo Community Preservation Foundation’s Executive Director David Hartman, as well as the Board and the Light Up Key Largo Committee. Miss Peg Laron and her “cookie-squad” volunteers delighted hundreds of little ones, and those not that little too, with her cookie decorations. Her tent was ablaze with joy and laughter. Skaters on the ice rink fell and got up, and fell again all the while with a smile on their faces. Around the tents you could hear at times the voices of the story readers, Nola from First State Bank of the Florida Keys, and Cary from the Key Largo Library. I relished the attentive look on the children’s faces as they listened

with anticipation. There are so many people responsible for this great event that it is not possible to mention them all but, the vendors were all phenomenal, the drinks plentiful and the food was delicious. A special mention to Mark Charles from the Pilot House Marina & Restaurant for all his efforts and for all his pre-event negotiations to get the finest quality food products. The corn was marvelously sweet, the hot dogs and hamburgers were delicious. This was all efficiently prepared by David DeBrule of Upper Keys Marine Construction on his collection of refurbished Weber Grills, an interesting story in itself. Dave’s better half, Dawn DeBrule, was in perpetual motion through the event, here and there and everywhere, making sure all the moving parts were ticking according to plan. I swear that at some point in the evening I saw her in three different place simultaneously, maybe it was the wine. The lighting of the tree was special for me as I had the best view showing reflection of the lights in the children’s eyes, as they marveled in awe at the huge tree coming to life. Congratulations again to all who worked so hard to make this event such a success. That includes the setup Continued on page 3...

Roberto Alonso Chairman of the Board Key Largo Chamber of Commerce

Sticky fingers smeared with candy cane, children lining up for a photo with Mrs. and Mr. Claus. A curly haired little girl asking her mom if Mrs. Claus helps the big guy keep track of good little girls through out the year, hum..... I wondered, is there a little curly agenda behind that question? Such were the sights, sounds and smells of Light Up Key Largo on Saturday, December 2 at the Murray Nelson Center. From my vantage point, and by all measures possible, it was a great community event brought about by the hard work and efforts

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