June Legend

JUNE 2021 Vol. 22 No. 268

Key Largo Chamber Fourth of July Events

The Key Largo Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the annual Fourth of July Parade is approved. Come join us on Sunday, July 4, in "Celebrating Freedom." The enthusiasm of the day does not end with the parade. This year the Chamber will also host the annual Fireworks Show. Thanks to the Key West/Florida Keys Internationally Airports and County Commissioner Mike Forster, the Fireworks Show will be at Rowell's Waterfront Park. For years the show was produced by the Key Largo Merchant Association, along with Bobby Stoky, but this year the Chamber is honored to carry on the tradition. Since last year's festivities were canceled, along with almost everything else fun, the Chamber is especially looking forward to the events this year. It feels as if we hit the lottery. The Chamber team and Board are ecstatic we can do this for the community. This year, the parade's theme, and moving forward for years to come, is "Celebrating Freedom". The Grand Marshal is former House Representative Holly Raschein. She

The Key Largo annual parade and fireworks are back!

will be escorted by Board Chairman Dennis Caltagirone in his beautiful red corvette. The Fourth of July parade will travel down US 1 beginning at MM 98.2 (Anthony's Clothing Store) and continue to Laguna Ave.

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In This Issue 4th of July Sponsorship PAGE 3 • New Members PAGE 4 • Summer Safety PAGE 5 • Lunch is Back PAGE 6 • Keys Federal Grand Opening PAGE 6 Calendar PAGE 7 • Seagrass Growing Season PAGE 8 • REEF Fish & Friends PAGE 9 • Small Business Team Building PAGE 11 UnitedWay Supports Reef Restoration PAGE 12 • Community Foundation Advisory Council PAGE15

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Key Largo Chamber of Commerce 4th of July Parade & Fireworks Celebrating Freedom Sponsorship Opportunities



Liberty $ 1, 000 Two Business Card Ad’s in Legend Company Logo on banner Company banner in the parade Recognition on all media VIP seating for up to 4 at Parade Link on Chamber event day web page Overwhelming community appreciation Title Sponsor (one available) $ 5,000 Naming Rights of the parade One Year Full page Ad’s in Legend Logo on awards, banners, sponsor tent, website, social media and poster Company banner in the parade Recognition on all media VIP seating for up to 10 at Parade First float placement in Parade Link on Chamber event day web page Overwhelming community appreciation

Presenting Sponsor (one available) $ 2, 500 Six Half page Ad’s in Legend Logo on awards, banners, sponsor tent,

Patriot $ 1, 500 Three Quarter page Ad’s in Legend Company Logo on banner Company banner in the parade Recognition on all media VIP seating for up to 6 at Parade Priority placement of company Float Link on Chamber event day web page Overwhelming community appreciation

website, social media and poster Company banner in the parade Recognition on all media VIP seating for up to 8 at Parade

Priority placement of company Float Link on Chamber event day web page Overwhelming community appreciation

Stars & Stripes $ 500

Supporter $ 250 Company Business listed on banner Recognition on all media Listed on event day webpage Overwhelming community appreciation

Company Logo on banner Recognition on all media VIP seating for up to 2 at Parade

Link on Chamber event day web page Overwhelming community appreciation

Organization:_______________________________________Contact:___________________________ Address:____________________________________City__________State:______Zip Code:________ Phone Number: _____________________________ Email____________________________________

Sponsorship Level: ____________________________________( write in the item you wish to sponsor) Amount $ _________

Make check payable to the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce; for credit card payments, fill in the following information: Credit Card type: □ American Express □ Discover Card □ Master Card □ Visa Card Number:__________________________ Expiration Date: _________ Security Code:______ Signature: __________________________________________________________________________ Thank you for your support! Key Largo Chamber of Commerce - 106000 Overseas Highway - Key Largo, FL 33037 Contacts: Dennis Caltagirone 305-331-0525 or Eileen Eadie 305-451-1414 Email: vicepresidents@keylargochamber.org Website: www.keylargochamber.org

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Continued from page 1 The parade starts at 10:00 A.M. All businesses and community members are welcome to participate. Parade applications are available on the Chamber's website or by calling 305-451-1414. The Fireworks Show will start around 9:30 P.M. off a barge in Blackwater Sound located directly off Rowell's Waterfront Park. The show will also be visible to all the businesses and residents in the area. Rowell's will open at 6:30 P.M. Arrive early for the best parking and viewing. The Chamber will have volunteers in place to assist spectators with parking and to help ease congestion. Be sure to bring lawn chairs, bug spray, and stay hydrated. Currently, the Chamber's Event Committee is in the process of finalizing the details. They are hoping to have food and beverages available for purchase and still need a lot of volunteers. They also have a few sponsors in place, but more are needed. If you're interested, please contact Dennis at 305-331- 0525 or Eileen at 305-451-1414 The Key Largo Chamber is thrilled to bring a sense of "normal" community fun back to Key Largo, and we look forward to seeing the smiles on everyone's face. Fourth of July, Con't

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Prevent Accidents this Summer By Michelle McDaniel, Intern with the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce

With Memorial Day considered to be the unofficial start of summer and the first actual day of summer being June 20, the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce cares about you and your family’s safety this summer. Here are a few things to be aware of and some tips to help keep you and your families safe this summer. According to the Key Largo Fire Department, the most common incidents they respond to during summer months are drowning or near drownings, barbecue fires and firework accidents. To help prevent drownings, the fire department recommends always having adult supervision for children near pools or spas, using life preservers and securing doors having access to pool or spa areas. When avoiding barbecue fires, the fire department recommends keeping your grill at least 3 feet away from any structure or combustible and using your grill outside. In addition, they

recommend cleaning your grill after each use and always keeping an eye on grills, fire pits or patio torches in use. For firework safety, the fire department recommends only buying legal fireworks — legal fireworks have a label with the manufacturer's name and directions; illegal ones are unlabeled — and storing them in a cool, dry place. They recommend that if you give children sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from their faces, clothing and hair. More tips from the fire department on firework safety include: • Always using fireworks outside and having a bucket of water or hose nearby in case of accidents. • Steering clear of others setting off fireworks in case they backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction. • Not holding fireworks in your hand or having any part of your body over them while lighting. • Lastly, wearing eye protection and not carrying fireworks in your

pocket since the friction could set them off. Florida is known for its hot summer days. According to the Key Largo Fire Department, the public should be especially aware about dehydration and the dangers of heat stroke this summer. “Heat exhaustion is a condition whose symptoms may include heavy sweating and a rapid pulse, a result of your body overheating; Heat stroke is a condition marked by a fever and often unconsciousness, caused by failure of the body’s temperature regulating mechanism when exposed to excessively high temperatures.” The fire department recommends staying properly hydrated and staying out of the mid-afternoon sun, both of which are keys to avoiding heat exhaustion and heat stroke. From our families to yours, the Key Largo Chamber hopes you have a good summer while staying safe, too!

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In-Person Lunch is Back! Join us on June 10 at Baker's Cay for our first face-to-face luncheon in 15 months. The event will be indoors at Baker’s Cay with social distancing pro- tocols will be in place. Masks are required if you are not eating or drinking. For those who are not comfortable with being indoors, we understand. Hopefully, soon you will be able to join us. Mayor Coldiron will give the “State of the County” address. If you have a particular question you would like answered, please email them to president@keylargochamber.org by Monday, June 7.

Join the Key Largo Chamber for our first in-person luncheon with Mayor Coldiron.

DON'T FORGET TO REGISTER: Advanced reservations save you a few dollars, the cost is $30.00 per person. The cut-off for reservations is Monday, June 7 at 12:00 PM. Our no refund policy is in place for reservations not canceled 96 hours before the event. Reservations made after Monday incur a $5.00 accommodation fee (no refunds). At this time, we do not have room for walk-ins or open seats. Guests must reserve seats with a paid reservation in advance. For more information, or if you are having trouble making a reservation, please contact Eileen or Elizabeth at 305-451-1414. [ ]

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June 2021 For event details visit www.keylargochamber.org/calendar.cfm












Keys Federal Credit Union Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting 11:00 AM

Art Guild of the Purple Isles SUMMER SHOW



8 Tourist Development Council 10:00 AM REEF Fish & Friends: Cocktails for a Cause





Chamber Luncheon Baker’s Cay Resort 11:45 AM

Fish Out of Water Virtual 5K








BOCC Meeting 9:00 AM Immerse Yourself: The Future of Artificial Reefs Presentation

Father's Day Weekend at the History of Dive Museum Saturday & Sunday

REEF Ocean Explorers Summer Camp (ages 8-10)








District 5 Tourism Meeting 10:00 AM




30 For more information check out our event calendar on the Chambers website…. www.keylargochamber.org

REEF Ocean Explorers Summer Camp (ages 11-13)

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Seagrass Growing Season is Here

Seagrasses are important marine resources that are found on sea bottoms throughout the Florida Keys. They provide food and habitat for many marine animals including manatees, lobster and juvenile sport fish and are protected by local, State and federal laws. The growing season for seagrasses is June 1 through September 30. When designing new docking facilities or renovations to existing ones, it is important to conduct what is called a benthic assessment, which is a survey of seagrasses and other protected marine resources such as corals. Permitting for docking facilities requires avoiding and minimizing impacts to these resources, and the benthic assessment provides the information to do that. Federal resource agencies will not accept benthic assessments that find seagrasses present unless they are conducted during the seagrass growing season. Therefore, there are only four months each year these assessments can be effectively conducted. Most environmental consultants that perform this kind of work get very busy during these summer months so it is important to contact them early to be sure to get a slot and enable preparation and processing

of your permit applications to progress speedily. It can be really disappointing to contact a consultant at the end of September or further into the fall and winter months only to learn you may have to wait until the following summer for an acceptable benthic assessment to be conducted. SWC specializes in this kind of work. Our staff of qualified marine biologists conducts the field data collection efficiently and accurately. We prepare the figures using a program that imports directly into the AutoCAD programs engineers use for dock design so it makes it simple to adapt the design to avoid and minimize impacts to resources. We also can

develop mitigation plans for unavoidable impacts and are permitted by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to relocate coral resources. We are happy to do the benthic assessment alone but also have full engineering and design capabilities, as well, and lots of experience preparing

and successfully processing permit applications at all government levels, so can handle your project from soup to nuts. Let us help you integrate your marine project with the environment! You can reach us at 305-294-1238 or email Sandy Walters, president of SWC, at sandy@swcinc.net.

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You’re Invited to REEF Fish & Friends Cocktails for a Cause resumes this month.

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) is excited to share that our monthly community social, REEF Fish & Friends, will resume on Tuesday, June 8 from 6:30-7:30pm at the REEF Campus located at 98300 Overseas Hwy. in Key Largo. The gathering will look a bit different this year; we are calling this version REEF Fish & Friends: Cocktails for a Cause. This will be a socially distanced event with activities held primarily outdoors. Seminars are on hold for now, but there will be plenty of opportunities to socialize. Each gathering will have a theme, with a few trivia questions you may choose to answer to be entered into an opportunity drawing. The theme for June is World Oceans Day. Beer and wine will be available for

open, so be sure to check out our new merchandise. We encourage attendees to wear a face mask. For more information about upcoming REEF events, visit www.REEF.org/events.

purchase; don’t forget your reusable glass. REEF will provide individually served snacks, so please do not bring food to share. The restroom in the Interpretive Center will be available as needed. The REEF Store will be

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Host a Key Largo Chamber Members in Motion

Tips for a successful event

The Host Provides:  Event Facility  Hors d’oeuvres & beverages (expect 50+ attendees)  We encourage the host to provide door prizes  Table for registration and sign in  We inspire you to be creative with your décor, offer tours of your business and make your Members In Motion a fun, social event….

 Get the Team involved in greeting and welcoming Guests  Play light background music or provide entertainment  Be creative with your décor...you may want to create a theme  Make a brief presentation to offer some com- ments about your business; i.e. what you are most proud of or what products and service you offer  Place food and beverages in strategic locations that promote cross-trafficking and social interaction of the Guests  Give away small promotional items to the Guests; i.e. note pad, pens, key chains, etc.  Provide unique door prizes; consider asking your supplier to contribute items  Offer a special drawing that requires the Guests to submit their business cards to be eligible to win...then follow-up  And lastl y... HAVE FUN!

We Promote & Support:  Event promotion to entire Chamber Membership  Broadcasted on social media  Event registration during the event  Assistance planning and executing your event  Audio Visual equipment upon request  Tickets for drawing or door prizes  An attendee list for post-event marketing

We encourage co-hosting with other Chamber Members. If you operate out of a home office, you are welcome to use the Key Largo Chamber Visitor Center

Contact Us Today 305.451.1414 vicepresident@keylargochamber.org

The focus of the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce is the promotion of the economy through support of good business, good government


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Team Building in Small Business

Camaraderie among employees is one ingredient for business success. Whether a business has a handful of employees or 100 plus employees, team building can produce positive results. Progress is made when employees feel a commitment to their employer as well as to each other seeking to work as a team rather than working strictly as individuals with only personal interests at stake. Purpose of Team Building: Team building aims not to develop personal relationships outside of business, although this certainly can happen at times. The real purpose of team building is multi-faceted. It enhances business productivity and efficiency by having employees work harmoniously with each other to put the company’s goals above their own. Team building breaks down personal communication barriers that exist when employees: • Are apprehensive about how their opinions will be viewed by others, • Have negative feelings about co- workers, and/or • A lack of trust exists among employees. Two individuals can be strangers having ineffective communication one day and be working partners the next day after participating in a team- building activity. These activities can also improve teams where there is no clear designation of each employee’s role and/or responsibilities. Team Building Activities: There are many different types of team building activities. A business can spend as little or as much as it wants in this area and still accomplish the intended results. Depending on the type of business and individual personalities, some activities can be common while others can be quite unique. It is normal for some employees to resist participating

in team-building activities, but after the activities are actually started, most employees enjoy the challenges presented and the enhanced relationships. There are a multitude of specific team-building activities that can be researched on the Internet. Regardless of the actual activity chosen, the goals are essentially the same: • Target activities that align with the goals of the business • Build and/or strengthen effective working relationships among colleagues • Have team members learn how to focus on specific results, thereby reducing uncertainty regarding goal achievement • Realize the benefit of finding solutions to team problems Team Building Outcomes: There are many positive outcomes as a result of team building activities: • Employees learn to create solutions together that impact their team and the business • Encourages collaboration among

participants that will carry over into the workplace • Improves communication individually and as a group • Motivates participants to achieve at higher levels • Increases the level of morale • Learn more about each co-worker Benefits: Regardless of the activity, team building works. Most employees find a new dimension is added to their jobs, and a new perspective of how they view co- workers emerges after the team- building activities. Team building can definitely be beneficial for any business regardless of size. A relatively small commitment of time and money on the part of a small business or SME can produce outstanding results.

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UnitedWay Awards $2.1 Million to Support Reef Restoration

United Way of Collier and the Keys (UWCK) is excited to announce the awarding of $2.1 million to support coral restoration efforts by two local organizations, Coral Restoration Foundation and Reef Renewal USA. These competitive grants are part of UWCK’s Revitalizing the Florida Keys through Reef Restoration and Beyond initiative, with support from the United Arab Emirates. In February of 2020, UWCK announced a $3.5 million gift from the UAE for innovative reef restoration and education projects. This funding was the first significant investment in restoration work focusing on two of the seven reefs identified through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

Administration’s (NOAA) Mission: Iconic Reefs, one of the largest reef restoration efforts in the world. Coral Restoration Foundation has been awarded $1,945,926 to expand their work at Carysfort Reef off northern Key Largo, and Reef Renewal USA will receive $176,356 to implement revolutionary coral outplanting techniques at Sombrero Reef near Marathon, over the next five years. Both Coral Restoration Foundation and Reef Renewal USA will secure a one-to-one match of the awarded funds, culminating in over $4.2 million for their restoration efforts. This funding could then be used to match available government funds, resulting

in more than $8.4 million for coral restoration in the Florida Keys. Grant efforts will prioritize restoration progress towards Mission: Iconic Reefs, financial impacts to Monroe County families living paycheck to paycheck, volunteerism, and engagement with students studying marine science. UWCK’s goal is to revitalize the coral reefs - a lifeblood of the Florida Keys economy - while supporting sustainability through education. Restoring the local reefs will improve coastal protection and provide economic stability for residents, furthering UWCK’s efforts to create thriving communities by improving the financial stability of Keys families.


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Since the 1970s, coral reefs in the Florida Keys have suffered dramatic declines with nearly 90 percent of live corals lost. Bold and decisive action is required to change the trajectory of coral reefs in Florida, and to protect the economy that depends on them. Through Mission: Iconic Reefs, NOAA, UWCK and partners are undertaking a first-of-its-kind approach to restore corals at seven ecologically and culturally significant reef sites in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. “For a community that is highly dependent on its natural resources, this is a pivotal moment, with United Way and partners beginning this work for the benefit of generations to come,” says UWCK President and CEO Steve Sanderson. “We are deeply grateful to the United Arab Emirates and the United Way of Collier and the Keys for their

commitment to the Florida Keys community,” says Ken Nedimyer, Technical Director for Reef Renewal USA. “We are especially excited about the opportunity to contribute to developing innovative strategies to accelerate the recovery of our precious reefs.” According to Scott Winters, Coral Restoration Foundation CEO, “Mission: Iconic Reefs and this significant investment in the plan by UWCK and the UAE are testaments to all our achievements of last few years – especially at Carysfort Reef. But this work is about much more than just reef restoration. It’s about building socio-economic resiliency in our communities that rely on coral reefs. The economy of the Keys relies on a healthy coral reef to support tourism and the commercial fishery, but the process of restoring these reefs will also generate employment.

Work on coral restoration at this scale is a catalyst for building community resilience by improving livelihoods and diversifying the local economy.”

About UWCK

UnitedWay of Collier and the Keys (UWCK) is committed to improving lives and strengthening our community so all indi- viduals and families have an opportunity to thrive and achieve their full potential. As a local volunteer-driven organization, UWCK advocates for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed (ALICE) residents in our communities looking for a hand-up by providing them information and referral and supportive tools and resources. We accomplish this through im- proving education, economic stability and health, as well as providing access to food and critical safety net services for all Collier and Monroe County residents.

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Dennis Caltagirone (2020 – 2022) Chairman Art By Lee 2020 Board of Directors

Roberto Alonso (2020 - 2022) Chairman Elect Borland & Associates Mark Charles (2020 - 2022) Immediate Past Chairman Bungalows Key Largo

Enrique“Henry”Menendez (2020 - 2022) HNO Productions Inc.

Wil Peña (2020 – 2022) Financial Planning Consultant

Stephanie A. Russo (2021 - 2023) Russo Law Office & Sealutions Mediation Company Ruth Schrader-Grace (2020 - 2022) Treasurer Keys Core Fitness

Ilja Chapman (2021 - 2023) Voyage Blue Travel

Kristine Cox (2021 - 2023) Playa Largo Resort & Spa

Spencer Slate (2020 - 2022) Captain Slate’s Scuba Adventures

Don Fanelli (2020 - 2022) Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Blaine Vernicek (2021 - 2023) The Structure Group

Melissa Fernandez (2021 - 2023) J.A. LaRocco Enterprise Inc & All Keys Concrete, LLC

We are stronger together!


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UK Leaders Appointed Charter Members of Foundation Advisory Council

Ten Upper Keys civic and business leaders are charter members of a new Regional Advisory Council for the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys (CFFK). The Upper Keys Advisory Council is part of a series of initiatives of the Keyswide charitable foundation to continue broadening its mission, grantmaking, philanthropic donor base, and public awareness in Key Largo, Islamorada, and Tavernier. The new Advisory Council is helping CFFK expand its visibility, outreach and impact in the Upper Keys,” said Laura Lietaert, CFFK Board Member and Chair of the Upper Keys Advisory Council. “The Community Foundation is one of the most important resources for giving in the Keys, supporting nonprofits, and providing community leadership. I know the council is committed to the Community Foundation’s mission and to helping our local communities.” • The founding community leaders of the Upper Keys Advisory Council are: • Laura Lietaert, Chair, Principal, Key Largo School • Tim Ervin, Nonprofit, Business and

Government Consultant • Billy Hart, Real Estate Professional, Ocean Sotheby's International Realty • oe Molinaro, Entrepreneur and CPA • Elizabeth Moscynski, President, Key Largo Chamber of Commerce • Pasta Pantaleo, Artist and Gallery Owner, Art By Pasta • Wil Peña, Financial Planning Consultant • Dr. Aimee Stough, Nurse Practitioner, Florida Keys Pediatric and Adolescent Center • Isis Wright, Brand Developer and Digital Marketing Executive • Suzi Youngberg, President, Upper Keys Business and Professional Women The Community Foundation is committed to building a strong presence throughout Monroe County. CFFK created the new Advisory Council in conjunction with its 25th anniversary this year. Advisory Council members, who will meet quarterly throughout the year, will specifically help build philanthropy in the Upper Keys, raise awareness and advocate for the Community Foundation,

advise CFFK on local needs and initiatives, identify potential nonprofits as grant applicants, and advise the CFFK Grants Committee on funding recommendations. “We’re thankful for the commitment and dedication of each of these charter council members,” said Jennifer McComb, President and CEO of the Community Foundation. ““They play an important role as ambassadors, spreading the word about the Foundation so we can open new funds in the Upper Keys and increase our grantmaking in the Upper Keys.” A granting fund was also established at the Community Foundation to support nonprofits in the Upper Keys for community needs. Right now, donor contributions to the Upper Keys Future Fund are being matched dollar-for-dollar up to the first $25,000 by the Community Foundation to be used for grants to nonprofits based in and serving the Upper Keys communities. More information about the Advisory Council members and contributions to the Upper Keys Future Fund can be made at cffk.org/upperkeys.

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What You Should Know Before the Power Goes Out

Make sure FKEC has your current phone numbers. When you call FKEC the phone system automatically matches your phone number to your electrical equipment. For faster restoration, make sure the number(s) you are most likely to call from to report an outage are registered to your account. Update at www.fkec.com/Forms/update-contact-info.cfm or call 305-852-2431 Make sure FKEC can access your meter equipment. To make repairs FKEC must have 24 hour access to your meter. If your power goes out, check your breakers first. Approximately 33% of all power outages are caused by breaker issues, which are the responsibility of the member to resolve. Report the outage by calling or texting. Call 305-852-2431 or Text “outage” to 45183 to report your outage. Note, your mobile number must be pre-registered with FKEC to report via text. www.fkec.com/Cooperative/report-outage.cfm Safety first! Stay clear of all downed power lines or electrical equipment. Call 911 to report a downed power line if you feel the situation presents a clear and imminent danger. Then report the wire down to FKEC by calling (305) 852-2431.

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Meter Based Surge Protection is provided through a device installed at your meter which offers a level of defense for your entire homes electric system. FKEC “GenSafe” Device enables a portable generator to be safely connected to your home at the electric meter.

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Key Largo Chamber of Commerce 106000 Overseas Highway

Key Largo, FL 33037 www.Keylargo.org

Mission Statement of the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce Creating a vibrant business and community environment


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