It’s no joke how much we love our Keys dads. And certainly, these men need a sense of humor and a sense of adventure to raise authentic island kids. The Keys Weekly is proud to highlight these he-men tackling the toughest job of all, while also providing a side helping of Bad Dad Jokes. (According to the Urban Dictionary, a “Dad Joke” is an indescribably cheesy and/or dumb joke made by a father to his children.)
Q. What kind of music do the planets listen to? A. Nep-tunes!
Sedona, 13, and Ruger, 11, share an active lifestyle with their dad, Alex Dorst. “We love sailing, horseback riding and really just doing any water sports with Dad.”
Eli and Avery, both 7, share the adventure gene with dad Jarrett Siems, photographed recently at the Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters in Marathon. “We really like playing video games and going on trips and adventures.”
Pictured: three generations including Aubelo Cordova, Eddie and 1-year-old “Capt. Morgan,” who keeps everyone on their toes. “Our family is so grateful for the love and sacrifices my dad has made to provide for our family,” said his daughter, Lisi. “As a life-long fisherman he has instilled a strong work ethic in each of us. Happy Father’s Day, Dad! We love you!”
Lisa Vredenburgh said her husband, Bob Vredenburgh, is a wonderful father to Sam, 27, and Mike, 29. “Bob has always been an incredible role model as a father and as a husband, inspiring both his family and friends to be the best versions of themselves,” she said. Awwww.
Steve Degnan is new to the dad game with son Ethan, less than 2-years old, but it’s going great. “We really like doing anything together — fishing, boating. Everything’s fun with dad.”
Q: Why do seagulls fly over the sea? A: If they flew over the bay they’d be called bagels.
Seize the day. Father, James Williams, and son, James Williams Jr., treat the family to a Jet Ski adventure. Pictured from left are “Junior,” daughter Allison, wife Rebecca, “Senior,” and James Williams III.
Ronald Guntert, second from right, gets five stars from his sons Anthony, 21, and Ross and Rolf, twin brothers aged 36. Together they agree: “We love his ever-present and knowledgeable advice, his dad humor and his unyielding integrity and support that lets us know he always has our back.”
On a recent trip to visit family and friends in Michigan, Castaway proprietor John Mirabella taught his 4-year-old son, Ian, how to “eliminate” flies.
Q: What’s Forrest Gump’s Facebook password?
Let’s play, Dad! Liam, 6, and Julian, 5, hang out with dad Conner Safford on a recent afternoon at Marathon Community Park. They told the Keys Weekly, “We like playing soccer, baseball and going to the park with dad.”
Dennis Alvarez’s daughters — Melissa and Lissa — said any time with dad is a good time. “We like fishing, barbecuing … anything with dad is a fun adventure!”
Cesar Mendez has two appreciative children — Oriana, 19, and Leo, 14. They said their dad is their hero and a supportive hero at that. “We always look forward to spending time with him. He’s got a great sense of humor, works hard for everything we have and is the absolute best friend anyone could make. One of our favorite memories growing up was him teaching us how to snorkel the reef. … It’s always a fun time with dad!”
Yosvel Arencibia and his sons hang out at Marathon Community Park on a recent weekend. Sons Justin, 4, and Jayden, 7, said they like their special outings. “We love to go to the park and play soccer.”
Marathon Chamber of Commerce CEO Dan Samess is always at the ready to play games or provide an assist with any troubles (if needed) for daughters Ava, 9, and Emily, 8. “Dad is always there to help us with everything,” they said.
John Kotch may run Sunset Grille & Raw Bar, but kids Casen, 9, and Capri, 13 months, set the tone at home. This Sunday Casen will assist his dad with Sunday Funday at the Grille!