Fourth annual event benefits animal shelter

Fourth annual event benefits animal shelter

Form a team! Wear costumes! Drink beverages! Help animals!

That’s right, on Saturday, Jan. 25, the Key Colony Beach Community Association is hosting the fourth annual Coconut Crawl. It’s a fundraiser for the Marathon campus of the FKSPCA. Participants start at Key Colony Beach City Hall between the hours of 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., then set out to hit five nearby (walking distance)  watering holes, collecting a poker hand along the way in whichever order tickles their fancy:

Sparky’s Landing
Island Fish Company
Causeway Pizza
Key Colony Inn
Cabana Club

The stroll, or crawl depending on the beverage intake, ends at the Glunz Ocean Beach Club and Havana Jack’s Restaurant and Bar, which has donated the venue and food for the awards ceremony.

“We actually will give out six cards, so you can make the best hand out of five,” said organizer Gail Cortelyou. The prize for best hand, sponsored by the KCBCA, is $500. Awards will also be given out for best costume (“We encourage costumes!” Cortelyou said) and best team spirit. New this year will be a scavenger hunt.

“We’ll hand out a piece of paper with about 40 questions on it that our fun-loving friends can find the clues to along the way,” she said. The winner of the scavenger hunt will also take home a prize.

Organizers hope to top their 100-plus crowd from 2019, and raise even more money for the local animal shelter in 2020.

“We are so grateful to the Key Colony Beach Community Association,” said Tara McFarland, the Marathon shelter director. “We are always amazed by the generosity of the Middle Keys and Key Colony Beach residents.”

Besides sponsorship by the local restaurant and bars, Promotions Guy has donated the T-shirts. Area businesses have put some swag in goodie bags that will be passed out at registration. Register on the day of the event ($35), or register in advance at ($30 members / $35 non-members) or swing by the Key Colony Beach post office on Thursday, Jan. 23 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. For more information, or to register in advance, visit

New Life hosts
rummage sale fundraiser

New Life Church, located at 4711 Overseas Highway in Marathon, will hold a rummage sale fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Items include clothing for children and adults, housewares, fishing gear, tools, dining room sets and other furniture, kids furniture, toys, knick-knacks, dishes, baby car seats, microwaves, pet carriers, shelving, storage bins and hundreds of miscellaneous items.

The sale will be held inside the new structure on the church property and in the parking lot. Donations of items suitable for sale can be dropped at the church. For more information, call 305-743-7165.

Garden Club
plans rummage sale

The Marathon Garden Club will be having a special event from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 on the club property at MM 50 in Marathon. The January Jamboree and Rummage Sale features many sale items from local vendors, including jewelry and pottery. There will also be sales of local plants and orchids, with expert gardeners on hand to answer questions about specific plants grown in the Keys and geared to island climate and soil conditions. Stop by to shop, or have a hot dog. For more details, call 305-743-4971 or visit

Local resort
hosts bazaar

Banana Bay Resort and Marina puts on a monthly bazaar and the next one is set for Sunday, Jan. 26 from noon to 5 p.m. The event includes food, drinks, arts, crafts and live music. The action happens down by the bayside sandbar, The Point, and the resort is located at 4590 Overseas Highway, MM 49.5.

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