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A Word from the Director
Many of you have expressed just how busy your businesses have been this season and we want you to know that we are here to help! Please contact us if we can support you in any way. We can post job openings, member to member discounts, special events, etc.
We look forward to seeing you at our February luncheon where Dr. David Vaughan from Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium will be presenting on the state of Florida's coral reefs. In March we will be hearing from David Ritz, President of the Ocean Reef Community Association, who will be discussing the upcoming summer projects here at Ocean Reef Club, you don't want to miss it.
Our 7th Annual Charitable Golf Tournament has been scheduled for Thursday, May 3rd. Please mark your calendars and keep an eye out for sponsorship opportunities and golf rates.
Finally, we would like to thank All Charities for allowing us to participate in their incredible event as well as our Chamber companies who have contributed and make our involvement possible. Not only does this amazing event raise over 4 million dollars to support local non-profits, but it is also a great opportunity for face to face contact with potential Ocean Reef Club customers. If you have not participated in this event in the past and would like more information on participating in the future, check out the details below.
Golf Tournament Save the Date- May 3rd
Business of the Month
is the only full service A/E firm in the Keys, the firm was founded in 2001
on the mission of building relationships based on trust and results. K2M offers a wide variety of services to the Keys including: new construction, renovation, master planning, assessmets, historical renovations, monument design, trail and park design, and community outreach and support.
But what is a company without its people? At K2M there are two essentials: People and Projects. Their philosophy is simple, they take the best possible
care of their people to ensure they take the best possible care of your
projects - the Power of 2!
Joe Moody, Director
305.307.5845 | JMoody@K2MDesign.com
@ noon - The Cultural Center
Join us for our February Luncheon
Dr. David Vaughan, Executive Director at Mote's Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration, will present on the state of Florida's coral reefs. Dr. Vaughan leads Mote's Coral Restoration program with his groundbreaking micro- fragmentation and fusion method to regrow coral species at faster rates than in the wild.
$30 with online Registration & Payment
$35 at the door
Bring your business cards for distribution
Don't forget a Raffle Ticket to win a chance to be featured as a Business of the Month
Thank you to our luncheon sponsors!
Become a Luncheon Sponsor... Promote YOUR Business While Supporting YOUR Chamber!
Welcome New Members:
Magnolia Design Center Best Buy
Riva Motorsports & Marine of the Keys
- Mike Martin
New Members at our January Luncheon! Left to Right: Xavier Miranda and Christopher Wilson-
The Go 2 Guy
, Raymond Varela-
, Rick & Priscilla Escauriza-
The Water Wizard
, Board Presiden & Owner of
- Brad Copeland, Karyna Crowley-
FRANK- KEYS LANDSCAPING INC.
, Bonnie Barnes-
Reef Environmental Education Foundation
, Julie McMahon and Arianne Levin from
Woolems Construction Inc.
, Rodney Irwin-
The Iguana Expert
, and Debbie Chambers from
Debbie's Nursing Companion
Donate Blood TODAY at the Cultural Center
Calling all on property donors:
The bloodmobile will be at the Cultural Center TODAY from 8:30 to 3:30.
The drive is to help an Ocean Reef Club member
Beware: Utility Scammers Target FKEC Members
Utility scammers are back at it, targeting Florida Keys Electric Cooperative members. FKEC has received reports of members receiving a call threatening to disconnect power if payment is not given immediately.
To prevent falling victim to a phone scam, remember you can ONLY pay your co-op utility over the phone by calling FKEC's secure phone payment number 1-855-385-9912. If you are given a different number to call, or if the thief asks for your payment information over the phone it is a SCAM!
If you receive a suspicious call, or any call, email or visit, threatening to disconnect your power, call FKEC at 305-852-2431 immediately to ensure you are speaking to a bona fide FKEC employee.
SCAM TACTICS TO BE AWARE OF:
* The scammer spoof our caller I.D. to appear to be calling from FKEC.
* Using a recording of our automated phone greeting so that it sounds like you have reached FKEC offices when you call the phone number provided by the scammer.
* The con artist tells the target a technician is on the way to upgrade his/her meter and payment will need to be provided immediately or the meter will fail and power will go out.
* Scammer threatens to disconnect power if the instructions to purchase a pre-paid cash card are not followed.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
* FKEC does not accept any kind of prepaid card, including Green Dot and Reloadit cards, as payment for your bill. Don't fall for anyone demanding a prepaid debit card.
* FKEC will never ask you for payment via a money wire.
* FKEC will always notify consumers of overdue electric bills prior to calling to disconnect service.
* Always call FKEC's secure
phone payment system when paying your electric bill by phone! 1-855-385-9912. This number is the ONLY way to pay your FKEC bill by phone.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF:
* Know your account status and balance. You can check it at www.FKEC.com.
* Commercial consumers should make all managers and staff aware of potential utility scams.
* Never provide personal, confidential, or financial information to unknown individuals.
* If you have any doubt if a call, email, or visit from someone claiming to represent FKEC is legitimate, please call Member Service at 305-852-2431. An operator is available 24/7.
* Report any suspicious activity to police.
* Please protect our community by sharing this information with your friends and neighbors.
FKEC is working with Co-op members and law enforcement to prevent these scams, but the best defense against these thieves is to be alert and informed. Please help ensure no one falls victim to these scammers by warning your friends, family and neighbors of this scam.
The Water Wizard- Independent Authorized Kinetico Dealer
All Charities- How Can Your Business Get Involved?
Each donate $50,000/year to cover event costs. All donated monies go to non-profits and not to their operating expenses thanks to their Preferred Partners. They must be sensitive about soliciting competitors in their fields.
*Donate a Silent Auction Item
If item is worth $5,000 or more, one team member will be invited to accompany item at auction.
Looking for a Job? ORCA is Hiring!
Did you Know?
Let us help you promote your next event, post your job openings, or share your member member deals. The Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce is happy to:
Complimentary (on our website):
-Post job openings
-Share member to member specials
-Post current coupons being offered
-Send e-blast to our contact list on your behalf
-Feature your story on our newsletter
-Post flyers on our social networks
Contact us at 305-367-3646 to find out more!
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Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce
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Key Largo, FL 33037
Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce
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Suite C101 PMB 179
Key Largo, FL 33037
To promote the highest standard of professionalism and service to the Ocean Reef Community, to be an advocate for our members, to promote business alliances, to provide valuable benefits and services to our members and to foster economic development within the Ocean Reef Community.
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