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American Caribbean Real Estate Continues Christmas Tradition

2015 toy donation

(Included in this photo: Back row from left to right: Assistant Fire Marshal Lt. Timmy Leonard, Kim Portner, Lindsay Rabito-Leonard, Michele Adams, Debbie Woolfe. Front row from left to right: Kathryn Rummery, Teresa Yeider, Jody Owen)

American Caribbean Real Estate-Middle & Lower Keys was proud to continue its annual tradition of collecting and donating toys for the Marathon Fire Department’s “Stock the Shelves for Elves” program.  Each year the agents at American Caribbean gather toys so that all of our local children have a Happy Holiday. Assistant Fire Marshal Lt. Timmy Leonard came by the week before Christmas to pick up the toys. Each year, the department fills a storefront with donated toys so families in need can come in and freely shop for their kids.

American Caribbean Real Estate at Art Miami

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As an Exclusive Affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, American Caribbean Real Estate Gained VIP Access to Display Properties at the Glamourous Event Attracting the World’s Esteemed Collectors

(Dec. 1-6, 2015) – The natural overlay of fine art and luxury real estate was on prominent display earlier this month when American Caribbean Real Estate Middle and Lower Keys joined Christie’s International Real Estate, the world’s leading ultra-prime real estate network, to serve as the “Official Luxury Real Estate Partner” of Art Miami. Christie’s International Real Estate hosted an interactive booth at the entrance of the state-of-the-art, gallery-like venue where guests had the opportunity to view a selection of high-end properties in both video or printed materials. Lasting six days, the fair proved a unique and effective way in which to market high-value real estate.

“The atmosphere was electric and the flow of visitors to our real estate booth, located at the very entrance to the fair, was literally non-stop,” says Jody Owen. “The invitation-only VIP Preview was attended by almost 15,000 guests and proved to be a dynamic venue to promote the Florida Keys and our property listings. Visitors were very enthusiastic and genuinely interested in our marketplace and our properties.”

Roughly 79,000 people from around the world, including art luminaries, celebrities and collectors, visited the 26th edition of the critically acclaimed contemporary and modern art fair event, which took place in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District during Miami Art Week. Art Miami featured works of art from more than 200 international galleries from 16 countries.

In addition to American Caribbean Real Estate, 13 other brokerages from the Christie’s International Real Estate network also co-sponsored the event from Holland, Argentina and Canada just to mention a few. American Caribbean Real Estate will also be in attendance and promoting our local market at Art Wynwood February 11th thru 16th of 2016.

What’s Happening in the Keys this week?

December 15-
• Marathon Chamber Membership Luncheon
• Red Barn Theatre presents: Fools (Dec. 15- Jan. 6th)
• Islamorada Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party

December 16
• Immerse Yourself! “Founders Choice” with Dr. Sally Bauer
• Latitude 25 Writers Monthly Meeting
• Waterfront Playhouse Presents: Noises Off
• Key West General Membership Meeting
• Upper Keys BPW Holiday Party

December 17-
• Art Walk- Morada Way Art and Cultural District
• Key West Exceptional Customer Service Seminar
• Coral Shores High School Winter Concert
• Islamorada Zero Dress Code Holiday Extravaganza
• Key Largo Chamber of Commerce Members in Motion

December 18-
• Islamorada Hazardous Waste, Used Oil, & Electronic Waste Management and Disposal
• Key West Holiday Historic Inn Tours
• Islamorada Junior Sailfish Tournament

December 19-
• Key West Theater Presents: Winter Concert Series
• Marathon Community Theatre Holiday Concert
• Lower Keys Lighted Boat Parade
• Key Largo Baptist Church Christmas Concert

December 20-
• Artisan Market Holiday Edition
• Keys Jewish Community presents discussion about a week long trip to a Kenyan Girl’s Shelter

For a complete list of local events or more information, see the links below:

What’s Happening in the Keys this Week?

What’s Happening in the Keys this week?

December 9
· Marathon Chamber Business After Hours

December 10-12
· Grimal Grove Holiday Chocolate Festival

December 11
· Helmets for Happiness Art Reception
· Holiday Historic Inn Tours

December 12
· Pops in the Park: Jingle Bells Rock
· Key Largo Boat Parade
· Schooner Warf Bar Annual Lighted Boat Parade
· 19th Annual Boot Key Harbor Lighted Boat Parade
· Tinsel & Tunes
· “29 Points of Interest” Historic Trolley Tour
· Milk and Cookies with Santa – Florida Keys Elks Lodge
· 2nd Annual Parade of Paws & Holiday Bazaar

December 13
· Inaugural Islamorada Half Marathon & 10k
· Handel’s Messiah
· Key Colony Beach Lighted Boat Parade

For a complete list of local events or more information, see the links below:

What’s Happening in the Keys this Week?

November 30-
• Buddhist Study Group

December 1-
• Astronomy Night

December 2-
• Keys History & Discovery Center Midweek Matinee
• 2nd Annual Block Party & Ribbon Cutting

December 3-
• Yappy Hour- MarrVelous Pet Rescues
• Key West Holiday Business After Hours

December 3-5-
• TRIKW Swim-Bike-Run in Paradise

December 3-6-
• Hot Pink Holidays
• Islamorada Sailfish Tournament

December 3-20-
• Key West Holiday Fest

December 4-
• Florida Keys Holiday Festival at Founders Park
• Santa Clause is Coming to Town
• FKCC Keys Chorale

December 5-
• Key West Triathlon and Expo
• BPW Junktique Yard Sale
• I Do Care 2015- 7th Annual Fundraiser
• Key West Annual Holiday Parade
• Festival of Trees Gala
• Stone Crab Jam Festival- Islamorada Fish Company
• Florida Keys Council of the Arts “Connection Project” A mosaic of the Keys workshop
• Celebrate the Holidays at Lignumvitae Christmas
• Red Barn Theatre Presents: FOOLS be Neil Simon

December 6-
• Marathon Holiday Tree Lighting

For a complete list of local events or more information, see the links below:

What’s Happening in the Keys this Week?

November 23-
• Buddhist Study Group

November 24-
• Key Largo Chamber of Commerce hosts Community Travel Program to Cuba

November 25-20-
• Key West Holiday Fest

November 25-29-
• International Sand Sculpting Competition

November 26-
• Thanksgiving Buffet at Sunset Grille
• Turkey Trot 5K

November 27-
• ART! Key West
• Full Moon Party at Morada Bay

November 28-
• Big Pine & The Lower Keys Island Art Festival
• Pops In The Park: American Salute
• Light Up Largo
• Nowhere Bar & Grill: 1 Year Anniversary

November 29-
• Old Stone Concert Series Presents: Messiah
• Monthly Artisan Market: Art in Key West
• Marathon’s Holiday Lights Celebration

For a complete list of local events or more information, see the links below:

What’s Happening in the Keys this week?

November 17-
• Marathon Membership Luncheon

November 18-
• Immerse Yourself! CSI, Insurance Fraud and Special Response Team Diving
• Latitude 25 Writer’s Monthly Meeting
• Key West General Membership Meeting

November 18-22-
• 4th Annual Key West Film Festival

November 19-
• FCH Free Lunch and Learn
• ArtWalk- Morada Way Arts and Cultural District

November 19-December 12-
• Marathon Community Theater Presents: Forever Plaid

November 20-
• Holiday Sip and Shop

November 21-
• Florida Bay Day Jazz Fest
• Aviation Day at Florida Keys Marathon International Airport
• Rummage Sale
• Mariners Hospital 12th Annual 5k Walk/Run & 10k Run

For a complete list of local events or more information, see the links below:

What’s Happing in the Keys this week?

November 11-
•Marathon Chamber Business After Hours
•Veteran’s Day Community Concert
•Key Largo Chamber of Commerce Members Meeting/Luncheon
•4th Annual Key West Film Festival

November 12-
•Key Largo Chamber of Commerce’s 34th Annual Cook-Off
•FCH Lunch & Learn
•Yappy Hour- MArrVelous Pet Rescues

November 12-14-
•Cheeca Lodge & Spa All-American Backcountry Tournament

November 13-
•The 16th (Not So) Annual Adult Spelling Bee

November 13-15-
•“Ladies Let’s Go Fishing!” Annual Keys Fishing University for Women
•The SMART Ride 12

November 14-
•7th Annual Key Largo Bridge Run
•Friends of the Pool Aquatic Crawl
•6th Annual Key West Model Railroad Show

November 15-
•Key West Theatre Presents: Winter Concert Series
•Boot Scootin’ Back Yard BBQ

For a complete list of local events or more information, see the links below:

What’s Happing in the Keys this week?

November 4-8-
•24th Annual Parrot Heads Key West, Meeting of the Minds

November 4-July 5-
•Florida Keys History & Discovery Presents: Midweek Matinees

November 5-
•Key West Business After Hours

November 6-
•Ocean Life Series-Roseate Spoonbills in Florida Bay: Pink Canaries in a Coal Mine
•MarrVelous Pet Rescue Presents: 5th SpayGhetti & No Balls Gala

November 6-8-
•Beach Road Trip Weekend
•Robert James Sales Redbone Celebrity Tournament

November 7-
•No Hearts Apart Century Bicycle Tour
•4th Annual Community Day at Florida Keys Community College
•2nd Annual SOS Casino Night Gala

November 7-8-
•2015 Islamorada Moose Lodge bacon Fest

November 8-
•Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary 25th Anniversary Family Fun Festival

November 8-15-
•34th Annual Key West World Championship Super Boat Races

For a complete list of local events or more information, see the links below:

What’s Happing in the Keys this week?

October 26-
•Heroes and Villains 5k Run/Walk
•Buddhist Study Group

October 26-March 28-
•Key West Art & Historical Society Presents: Islands of History Youth Programs

October 28-
•Womankind’s Brazaar
•Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade
•Islamorada Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon
•Latitude 25 Writers Monthly Meeting

October 29-
•33rd Annual Headdress Ball
•Smallest Parade in the Universe

October 30-
•Fantasy Fest Masquerade March
•Crane Point Hammock’s Creep Carnival
•Annual Trunk or Treat
•Gulfside Village Annual Halloween Party
•Islamorada Chamber of Commerce Annual Installation Dinner & Masquerade Ball
•Pilot House Pirates Bash

October 30-31-
•Full Backcountry Fly Championship Series

October 31-
•Halloween Party at Elks Tavernier Lodge
•Halloween Pet Parade
•2015 Fantasy Fest Parade
•7th Annual Screaming Green Halloween
November 1-
•Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
•Children’s Day at Bayview Park
For a complete list of local events or more information, see the links below:

What’s Happing in the Keys this week?

October 19-
•Matecumbe Historical Trust Free Lecture
•GreenKeys! Community Work Shop
•Buhddist Study Group

October 20-
•Courtyard Marriott Job Fair
•Islamorada Chamber of Commerce Monthly After Hours

October 21-
•History of Diving Museum Presents: Lighthouses of the Florida   Keys
•Ready, Set, COLLEGE!
•October Upper Keys BPW Luncheon
•Keys History & Discovery Center Lecture Series: Matheson Family Legacy
•Key West Business After Hours

October 21-25-
•3rd Annual Humphrey Bogart Film Festival

October 22-
•Regular Village Council Meeting
•Key Largo Chamber of Commerce Members in Motion

October 22-30-
•“King Neptune’s Curse: Aliens vs. Coast Guard”

October 23-24-
•Goombay Festival

October 23-Novemer 1-
•36th Annual Key West Fantasy Fest

October 24-
•Halloween Treat Fest
•Garden Club of the Upper Keys Fall Festival
•Kick Off Party for “The Long Walk Home” Inaugural Fishing Tournament

October 25-
•6th Annual Zombie Bike Ride
•Screaming Green Halloween
•ABWA Award Luncheon & Fashion Show

For a complete list of local events or more information, see the links below:

What’s Happing in the Keys this week?

October 12-
•Islamorada Local Planning Agency Meeting
•Buddhist Study Group

October 14-
•Marathon Chamber Business After Hours
•GreenKeys! Community Workshop
•Ready, Set, COLLEGE! Workshop

October 15-
•ArtWalk- Morada Way Arts & Cultural District

October 15-20
•Key West Halloween Marathon & 5K Run

October 16-
•Marathon Chamber Awards Banquet

October 16-17-
•Casting for Cats 2015

October 17-
•Underwater Pumpkin Carving
•5th Annual Stone Crab Claw Eating Contest
•Discovery Saturday Educational Series: What Floats Your Boat?
•Chairman of the Board Inaugural Gala “Enchantment Under the Sea”

October 18-
•4th Annual Standup Paddle Invitational 2015
•Keys to Peace First Annual Florida Keys Giveaway

For a complete list of local events or more information, see the links below:


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Through our exclusive affiliation with Christie’s, American Caribbean Real Estate has a unique marketing and branding opportunity in the heart of one of the world’s most compelling art venues, Art Miami and Art Wynwood. Christie’s International Real Estate is the official real estate partner of Art Miami and Art Wynwood for the fourth consecutive year.

The Fairs showcase artists from more than 200 leading galleries, representing 1,875 artists from 60 countries across the globe. Attendees include more than 115,000 collectors, dealers, curators, and artists. The audience for contemporary art is highly qualified to purchase luxury assets beyond fine art, including important real estate. Our affiliation with this global event underscores the connection between art and real estate, and allows us a great opportunity to turn more International Buyer’s towards the benefits, beauty and investment potential of the Florida Keys real estate market.

What’s Happening in the Keys this Week?

October 5-
•2015 Marathon City Council Candidate Forum
•Exceptional Customer Service Seminar
•The Key Players-Shrek the Musical Auditions

October 7-
•Movie on the Beach Night
•Mid-Week Matinee-Keys History & Discovery Center
•Key Largo Chamber of Commerce Members Meeting & Installation Luncheon

October 8-
•Keys Life Magazine 2nd Annual Give it Back Party
•United Way of the Florida Keys Annual Meeting
•Southern Most Marathon & Half Marathon

October 8-11-
•The Trouble with Exotic Mangroves-Dennis J. Giardina

October 9-
•SoMo Marathon & Half Marathon
•4th Annual Downtown Key Largo Songfest

October 9-10-
•8th Annual Mad Dog Mandich Inshore & Offshore Fishing Classic

October 9-11-
•Robert James Sales Baybone Celebrity Tournament

October 10-
•Salt Water Experience Weekend
•Making Strides Against Breast Cancer FL Keys
•History of Diving Museum-Delve Our Shelves

October 11-
•Visit the Family-Friendly Sheriff’s Animal Farm
•6th Annual Wine on the Water
•Paddlin’ & Pups

October 11-14-
•Islamorada Fall All-Tackle Bonefish & Permit Championship

For a complete list of local events or more information, see the links below:

Bringing the World to your door!

American Caribbean Real Estate Middle and Lower Keys together with Christie’s International Real Estate are bringing the eyes of the International Buyers to the Keys. Join us as we represent the Florida Keys Real Estate at Art Miami, December 1-6 and again at Art Wynwood February 11-15. Through our affiliation with Christie’s, the official real estate partner with Art Miami for the fourth consecutive year, we will be present to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to further expose the world to our wonderful Florida Keys. More information on the event, timing, locations, etc. will be posted in the coming weeks.   If you are going to sell this season, now is the time to list with us!

Voted Marathon’s Best Real Estate Office!

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Thanks to a lot of hard work from a fantastic group of agents and the much appreciated support and trust from all of our buyers and sellers, our community has voted us the Best Real Estate Office in Marathon for the second year in a row, with Bonnie Sanderson as the runner up for Best Real Estate Agent!



What’s Happing in the Keys this Week?

September 28-
•Buddhist Study Group

September 29-
•CPR & AED Certification

September 30-
•Grand Opening-Marathon Lutheran School

October 1-
•Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
•Yappy Hour-MarrVelous Pet Rescue
•October Ribbon Cuttings

October 3-
•Shop Veralu Grand Opening
•Elks October Fest
•5k/10k Fun Run, Run for the REEF

October 4-
•Fundraiser for Jack McCormick

For a complete list of local events or more information, see the links below:

What’s Happening in the Keys this Week?

September 21:

  • Revival Fire Fall
  • Matecumbe Historical Trust Hurricane Donna Lecture
  • Buddhist Study Group

September 23:

  • 5th Annual Votes for Notes
  • Free Yoga on the beach
  • Keys History & Discovery Center Presents Lecture Series
  • Islamorada Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon

September 24:

  • Construction Week- Florida Keys 2015
  • Key Largo Chamber of Commerce Members in Motion

September 24-27:

  • REEF Fest 2015
  • Marathon International Bonefish Tournament

September 25-27:

  • 15th Annual Take Stock In Children Backcountry Challenge
  • Lower Keys Birding & Nature Exploration

September 25-26:

  • Conch Scramble “On The Water” Golf Tournament
  • Hazardous waste, used oil, & electric waste management & disposal

September 26:

  • Museum Day Live! at the History of Diving Museum
  • FREE Admission at Dry Tortugas National Park
  • ReMARcable Tour De Keys
  • Elks Surf N’ Turf
  • Smithsonian Day Live
  • Marine Conservation Celebration Dinner Event

September 26-27:

  • U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 13-8s 2015 Boating Skills & Seamanship Program

September 27:

  • 18th Annual Keys Kids Fishing Derby
  • Drum Circle

For a complete list of local events or more information, please visit the links below:


Camping at Fort Jefferson in Dry Tortugas National Park

Ever wanted a fort all to yourself? An island? How about both? Camping at Fort Jefferson on Garden Key in Dry Tortugas National Park is about as close as you’re going to get.

On a warm fall weekend, about a dozen campers disembarked from the Yankee Freedom III and laid claim to their choice of the eight regular campsites tucked among some impressively gnarled buttonwoods.

The buttonwoods are all that separate the campsite from the south beach snorkeling spot favored by many of the day-trippers to this island 70 miles from Key West.

Setting up a tent on the sandy soil in the shadow of a massive 19th century brick fortress makes for a primitive camping experience unlike that of any other National Park.

A common day-tripper’s lament is that there’s so much to explore and only four hours in which to do it. For campers, who can stay from one to three nights, those time constraints melt away.

All those times you’ve yearned to just sit on the bench by the fountain and watch the warblers flit from branch to watering hole and back again? This is your chance.

Always dreamed about snorkeling your way around the fort? (Or, more accurately, the two-thirds distance you’re allowed to cover.) Why not? You have all the time in the world.

In the early afternoon, when the large catamaran pulls away with its up to 150 passengers, you’ll still have hours of daylight left to watch the magnificent frigate birds catching thermals above the fort or wheeling above their nesting locale on nearby Long Key, which is off-limits to people.

If you missed the morning tour of the fort’s grounds with the Yankee Freedom’s knowledgeable guide, you can pick up the self-guided tour from the fort’s small gift shop and take another stroll around the interior of the six-sided, two-story fort – one of the nation’s largest.

As the wind rustles through the open casemates and the trees that now pepper the grass-covered parade ground, try to imagine life 150 years ago, when up to 2,000 wool-clad soldiers shared the place. It was not, as one of the fort’s many interpretive signs points out, “a happy place”.

Look for the cell that held the isolated outpost’s most infamous resident, Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, who set the broken leg of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. While confined at the fort-turned-prison, Mudd distinguished himself by assisting during a deadly outbreak of yellow fever, and he received a pardon.

By the time the day’s last seaplane takes off, you can be fins up and face down in salt water, marveling at the prolific sea life thriving on and around the ruins of the coaling docks.

Campers arrive and depart via high-speed catamaran Yankee Freedom III. Yankee Freedom’s advertised rate for campers is $190 per adult, which includes a $5 National Park entrance fee. Campers pay an additional $3 per night.

Construction on Fort Jefferson began in 1846 and continued for more than three decades. Work eventually stopped after advances in weaponry made it obsolete as military fortification. Then, as now, it was important as a shallow water anchorage, serving as the gateway to the Gulf of Mexico. At night, mast and cabin lights from sailboats and fishing vessels dot the horizon.

While the fort is closed from sunset to sunrise, campers are free to wander the rest of the grounds after hours. A moonlit walk along the moat wall is a particularly nice way to end the evening. The star-filled night sky above the Dry Tortugas is absolutely breathtaking. And there’s nothing like being lulled to sleep by the sound of lapping waves just yards from your tent.



What’s Happening in the Keys this week?

What’s Happing in the Keys this week?

September 14-20-

  • 43rd Annual Phil Peterson’s Poker Run

September 15-

  • Marathon Chamber Membership Luncheon
  • Islamorada Chamber of Commerce Monthly After Hours

September 16-

  • Immerse Yourself! Diving Different Lecture
  • Latitude 25 Writer’s Monthly Meeting
  • Upper Keys BPW Fall Mixer
  • 27th Annual “Showcase of Key West Businesses” Trade show

September 17-

    • Morada Way Arts & Cultural District Presents: Third Thursday Art Walk
    • Dolphin Research Center Celebrates International Coastal Clean Up Day
    • FCH Lunch & Lean Series

September 18

  • “What a Drag!” Exhibit

September 18-20-

  • Herman Lucerne Memorial Tournament

September 19-

  • Discover Saturday Educational Series: Aquarius Adventure
  • 3rd Annual Islamorada Swim for Alligator Lighthouse

September 20-

  • Marathon City Park Kids Clean Up
  • Paddlin’ & Pups
  • Attitude of Gratitude Drum Circle
  • International Day of Peace Celebration

For a complete list of local events or more information, see the links below:

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