TDC awards money for Lower Keys events

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Kids participating in the homemade boat race hit the shoreline running at the Island Fest in April 2018. MARY D. GRIFFIN/Contributed

What goes around comes around, and the millions of tourist dollars spent on hotels and vacation rentals in the Florida Keys each year have circled back into event funding through the county’s Tourist Development Council.

In its second round of giving this year, the TDC has announced individual awards for events which draw visitors to the Keys and keep them coming back. The first round was for capital improvement projects through nonprofits, announced in late June. The money comes from the bed tax levied on hotel rooms and vacation rentals. The TDC’s District Advisory Committees awarded money for the following events in Key West and the Lower Keys. Some have already occurred.

KEY WEST UPCOMING EVENTS:

Tropical Heat 2018: Aug. 16-20
Key West Business Guild, Inc.
$25,000

Key West Brewfest: Aug. 30 to Sept. 3, 2018
Sunrise Rotary Foundation of Key West, Inc.
$25,000

Womenfest 2018: Sept. 5-9
Key West Business Guild, Inc.
$35,000

Southernmost Marathon & Half 10k/5k: Oct. 5-7
Multirace LLC
$17,000

2018 SUP Invitational benefiting Special Olympics Florida Monroe: Oct. 12-14
Special Olympics Florida Inc.
$10,000

Fantasy Fest: Oct. 19-28
Key West Tourist Development Association, Inc.
$150,000

Key West World Championship Race: Nov. 4-11
Super Boat International Productions Inc.
$150,000

Key West Film Festival: Nov. 14-18, 2018
Key West Film Festival Corporation
$17,000

Key West Holiday Fest: Dec. 1-24
The Lodging Association of The Florida Keys and Key West, Inc.
$50,000

Key West Triathlon TRIKW: Dec. 7-8
Multirace LLC
$17,000

New Years Eve Shoe Drop: Dec. 31
Bourbon Street Pub Inc.
$17,000

KEY WEST PAST:

Key West Songwriters Festival
Bauer Restaurant, Inc.
$150,000

Key West Pride 2018
Key West Business Guild Inc.
$50,000

20th Key West Half Marathon & 5K Run
Key West Half Marathon LLC
$50,000

Key West Food and Wine Festival
Dolce Events LLC
$35,000

The Key Lime Festival
The Key Lime Festival
$17,000

Mote’s 8th Annual Key West Ocean Fest: A Community Celebration
Mote Marine Laboratory, Inc.
$17,000

FKCC Swim Around Key West, Open Water Swim and Swim Meet
Florida Keys Community College and the Letters “FKCC”
$10,000

Hemingway 5K Sunset Run & Paddleboard Race
Hemingway Sunset Run & Paddleboard Race LLC
$10,000

Kelly McGillis Classic
International Women’s Flag Football Association Inc.
$10,000

13th Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival
Monroe County Commercial Fishermen Inc.
$17,000

Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade
Key West Art and Historical Society Inc.
$17,000

Key West Paddle Classic
Lazy Dog Adventures LLC
$10,000

Total awards: $951,000

*Note, this amount includes two canceled events: the AquaX Key West World Championships, scheduled for December, which was awarded $35,000; and WineDine Key West, scheduled for September, which received $10,000.

LOWER KEYS UPCOMING:

46th Annual Phil Peterson’s Key West Poker Run: Sept. 14-16
Phil Peterson’s Key West Poker Run LLC
$5,000

Fantasy Fest: Oct. 19-28
Key West Tourist Development Association Inc.
$15,000

LOWER KEYS PAST:

14th Annual Nautical Expo
Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
$7,500

20th Key West Half Marathon & 5K Run
Key West Half Marathon LLC
$5,000

34th Annual Underwater Music Festival
Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
$7,500

MIDDLE KEYS UPCOMING:

Heroes Salute Weekend: Aug. 31 to Sept. 2
Hawk’s Cay Resort Sales LLC
$30,000

Fantasy Fest: Oct. 19-28
Key West Tourist Development Association Inc.
$30,000

MIDDLE KEYS PAST:

Battle in the Bay Dragon Boat Festival
High Five Dragon Boat LLC
$10,000

Coral Head Musicfest
Marathon Post No. 154 Inc.
$10,000

Island Boat Show
Island Commununity Church Inc.
$10,000

Marathon Seafood Festival
Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce Inc.

$40,000
Sombrero Beach Run
Keys Area Interdenominational Resources Inc
$20,000

Total Funds: $150,000

ISLAMORADA UPCOMING EVENTS:

Florida Keys Poker Paddle Sept. 7-9
Florida Key Poker Paddle Inc.
$10,000

Swim for Alligator Lighthouse: Sept. 14-17
Friends of the Pool, Inc.
$25,000

Conch Scramble “On The Water” Golf Tournament: Sept. 29-30
Conch Foundation of the Upper Keys, Inc.
$10,000

Mad Dog Mandich Fishing Classic: October, dates not set
Mad Dog Mandich Fishing Classic, LLC
$10,000

Mote’s 2nd Annual Islamorada Ocean Fest: A Community Celebration: Oct. 13
Mote Marine Laboratory Inc.
$10,000

Islamorada Half Marathon & 10K, Beach N’ Beer Mile: Dec. 6-9
Islamorada Running Company LLC
$20,000

 

ISLAMORADA PAST:

27th Annual Florida Keys Island Fest
Islamorada Chamber of Commerce Inc.
$20,000

Uncorked – Key Largo & Islamorada Food & Wine Festival
Key Largo Merchants Association Inc.
$15,000

Total DAC IV awards: $140,000

CANCELLED P1 Islamorada Grand Prix, Presented by Mercury Racing
Powerboat P1 (USA) LLC
$20,000

KEY LARGO UPCOMING EVENTS:

REEF Fest 2018: Sept. 20-23
Reef Environmental Education Foundation Incorporated
$15,000

Orange Bowl Swim Classic and Winter Training: December
Upper Keys Community Pool Inc.
$40,000

KEY LARGO PAST:

Jimmy Johnson’s National Championship Fishing Week
CI Management Group Inc.
$25,000

Key Largo Brew on the Bay
Rotary Club of Key Largo Charitable Events Inc.
$15,000

Key Largo’s Original Music Festival
Key Largo Merchants Association Inc.
$40,000

Uncorked – Key Largo & Islamorada Food & Wine Festival
Key Largo Merchants Association Inc.
$25,000

Total awards: $160,000

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