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    Islamorada and The Florida Keys Open For Business

    #SoooBoca and Company Love the Florida Keys

     

    My husband and I had our first long weekend date away in Key Largo and Tavernier back in 1988 and of course we went fishing and spent time at Holiday Isle and the Tiki Bar. We have loved introducing our daughters Kylie and Alle to the Florida Keys to enjoy all the things we have from fishing, to sunsets to just chillin’ out and hanging with the fam.

     

    In the weeks that followed the storm the #SoooBoca squad helped coordinate a local fundraiser at Tim Finnegans in Delray Beach to raise over $25,000.00 to help those in need in the Florida Keys. In December, the mom of the #SoooBoca squad, that would be me, put together a video of some of our trips down to the Keys and shared it on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to remind people to visit the Florida Keys, spend money there, charter a boat and support the local businesses.

    Cue the fabulous Alina Davis!

    Alina is an amazing human and fellow Realtor with Coldwell Banker Schmitt! As my little December video was up and out there Alina, who lives in Islamorada, started commenting on what was open, going to open, still closed and clearly has an amazing finger on the pulse throughout the Keys!

    So I said “Alina, would you be game to do a Facebook Live interview with me via #SoooBoca and lets talk about all these places that are open and getting ready to reopen and the state of the charter fishing industry and what not”… and she said YES!

    We picked our date and of course Alina being Alina says “Hey…do you want to interview Capt. Skip Bradeen of the Blue Chip Too from Whale Harbor in Islamorada? He can give everyone a great update on the charter boat fishing industry here and what is biting.” And that my friends is how we roll!

    PS…Sailfish and yellow tail are biting and so are the sharks!

    Disclosure: My husband Captain Andy gave me some great questions to ask Captain Skip!

    Alina was beautifully situated with a gorgeous view of Whale Harbor and we just chatted up all things happening including events, updates on musicians, art, restaurants, hotels, motels, real estate, fish recipes and of course a great update from Capt. Skip!

    Scroll down to see the big list of links that you can click on for information! 

    We hope you will subscribe to the #SoooBoca YouTube Channel share our YouTube video with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and your social media channels. We want to encourage people who are making vacation plans to include the Florida Keys in those plans. We do point out that areas of the Florida Keys and down in the lower Keys the recovery is still going on and to please be respectful.

    PS…If fishing and diving are not on your agenda but you love to just explore, try new food, enjoy galleries, local artisan work and meet interesting people then just take a drive from Key Largo to Key West and stop along the way for lunch, to feed tarpon, enjoy the water views…casually drive via the Overseas Highway where you will travel over a variety of 42 bridges including the fabulous Seven Mile Bridge. Trust me on this one.

     

    The Florida Keys is a special place and each key has a special place in the hearts of all that live and visit there. The one thing I know is the moment you cross the Dade/Monroe county line you truly become one with the Keys. I remember it distinctively on that very first trip and that I felt something shift when we entered into paradise found. If you have never been to any of the Keys make 2018 your year to vacation and fall in love with the Florida Keys. You can thank us later for this sound and sage advice!

    By the way…Alina and I will be reaching out to businesses throughout the Keys for our February broadcast so we can shine some light. If you have a biz, event, opening, update or Valentines Day special please let us know by emailing #SoooBoca through the contact form here on the blog!

    Great resources include many of the local Chamber of Commerce websites throughout the Florida Keys

    Map of the Florida Keys

    Islamorada Chamber of Commerce

    Key Largo Chamber of Commerce

    Marathon Chamber of Commerce

    Key West Chamber of Commerce

    Monroe County Tourist Development Council

    Florida State Parks

     In our interview we mention:

    Restaurants 

    Lazy Daze (Cook Your Catch)

    Lorelei (Cook Your Catch)

    Craigs Restaurant

    Florida Keys Brewing Company

    The OV 

    Ziggys 

    Robbies 

    Islamorada Fishing Club 

    Hotels and Accomodations

    Cheeca Lodge

    Amara Cay Resort 

    Hilton Key Largo

    The Moorings Village and Resort

    Caloosa Cove Resort and Marina

    The Chesapeake Beach Resort 

    The Postcard Inn

    Pelican Cove Resort –  Opening in February

    The Caribbean Resort (March 2018)

    La Siesta (March 2018)

    Ocean Point Suites Key Largo (March 2018)

    Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key 

    Ocean House 

    Harbor Lights Motel / Fisher Inn Resort (March 2018)

    (Please note if information is incorrect let us know and we will update immediately)

    Music and Art is Happenin’ in the Keys! (January and February)

    Second Annual American Legion Riders Coral Head Music Festival 

    Pigeon Key Art Festival

    Key West Food and Wine Festival

    Key West’s Master Chefs Classic

    Cocktails in the Stream: Life & Times of Hemingway in Key West and Cuba

    Third Thursday Art Walk in Islamorada 

    Old Road Gallery

    Fishing in Islamorada and The Florida Keys

    Whale Harbor Marina 

    Florida Keys Outfitters

    Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament

    Fundraisers

    Different charities including Coldwell Banker Schmidtt teamed up with The Ocean Reef Charitable Foundation for their “Hand Up” program .

    Conch Scramble in Islamorada – Floating greens and golf balls! Coral Shores sports teams and Treasure Village Montessori School are beneficiaries

    Charter Boats

    Charter Boat – Early Bird ( Will Be Back at Bud N Marys in February 2018)

     #FLKEYS #KEYSLIFE #SOOOBOCA

    Information deemed reliable, not guaranteed and subject to change without notice. Please, Please, Please contact any references highlighted in this article directly  for the most current and updated information. Due diligence on the part of the reader, listener and video watcher is required:)
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    Halloween Happenings in Boca Raton

    As we roll into the autumn months and Halloween we pray that the summer humidity will begin to dissipate, it’s the perfect time to start ticking off all the seasonal activities from your checklist! Pumpkin patches, costume parties and of course fall flavored everything. Sit back relax and enjoy the hard cider because we have done all the hard work for you! Check out our top picks for this weeks five in the hive! Read more

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    How to Choose Your Ride in Boca Raton

    Planes, trains and automobiles and yes limousines — getting to and from Boca Raton should be the least of your worries. When planning your trip to one of South Florida’s most exclusive destinations a little guidance is in order. Traveling by air can always be a tad stressful, but with three major airports surrounding the Boca area, your options are much greater and easier to navigate. The toughest part of a travel day is the transportation to the airport but with the info below, your travel day should be as easy as 1..2..3..

     

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    Florida Keys Hurricane Irma Benefit Concert

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    Hurricane Irma devastated the Florida Keys leaving tens of thousands without shelter, water, fuel, food and basic toiletries.

    #SoooBoca is part of the team putting this fundraising event together as we have enjoyed the Florida Keys for many years. Our hearts go out to our friends there and we are here to help in any way that we can.

    25% of all homes are now uninhabitable, 60% damaged, hundreds of businesses destroyed. Our friends in the Florida Keys are going to be without power, water, employment for an extended period of time. Read more

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    Hurricane Irma Tips & Preparation

    Boca Raton City Residents Hurricane Preparation

    Don’t forget to be neighborly folks… in a hurricane, everyone is under stress. Check on the neighbors on each side of you before and after the storm. If there are any senior citizens in your neighborhood please check on them to make sure they are okay. Who is the point person or persons in your community? This is a great time to join www.Nextdoor.com to stay in touch with and get updates in your neighbors.

    State of Florida Price Gouging Hotline

     

    Public Safety Alerts: Opt In & Sign Up Before the Next Named Storm

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    In the event of a hurricane or serious emergency, the City’s communication team will keep you updated with public safety alerts. Messaging may include information about city services, available resources and evacuations.

    When Hurricane Matthew threatened South Florida last September, the City sent a Code Red alert message to subscribed Boca Raton residents letting them know when the Emergency Operations Center was activated. Once activated, the City and the Police Department worked together to provide updates on Twitter, Facebook and Nixle. The Citizens Information Center (CIC) opened and began taking calls from residents and providing support and assistance. Boca Raton’s CIC is staffed with volunteers who are available to answer calls before, during and after the storm.

    This year, residents have an additional opportunity for communication and information through AlertPBC. AlertPBC is a Palm Beach County Emergency Notification system that provides all County updates, in addition to City updates. AlertPBC may be especially beneficial for those who live in Boca Raton and work elsewhere in the County, or vice versa.

    Getting the right information to the right people at the right time allows individuals to make informed decisions for themselves, their families and their businesses. To stay connected before, during and after a storm, be sure to sign up and opt in to receive public safety alerts.

    1. Text your zip code to 888777 to receive Nixle public safety alerts from the Boca Raton Police Department.
    2. Sign up for Code Red to receive emergency alerts for City residents from the City of Boca Raton.
    3. Sign up for AlertPBC to receive Palm Beach County alerts that include Boca Raton alerts and other cities you choose.
    4. Follow the City of Boca Raton on Facebook & Twitter.

    Visit our Hurricane Information page for Hurricane Planning Guide, videos and other resources.

    Courtesy: City of Boca Raton Website

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    Plan and prepare for the storm and receive important emergency information.

    Check out PBC DART, the free Palm Beach County Emergency app for Android and iOS.

    App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pbc-dart/id526473189?mt=8

    Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th with the peak period from early August through the end of October. Although
    the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting a below-normal hurricane season this year,
    they also caution that coastal areas may not have it all that easy. According to a comment made by the Federal Emergency Management
    Agency’s (FEMA’s) Deputy Administrator, Joseph Nimmich, “It only takes one hurricane or tropical storm making landfall in your community
    to significantly disrupt your life!” As part of our Hurricane Preparedness Kit, here are several tips that homeowners and renters can take before a hurricane strikes:

    1. Have a basic emergency kit, which includes battery-powered radios, flashlights,
    water, non-perishable food, a first-aid kit and prescription medications.

    2. Keep a written list in a plastic bag of important phone numbers. This can include numbers of family members
    in other states, local emergency management and shelters, hospitals, your homeowner’s insurance rep. or for renters,
    the landlord or property manager.

    3. From very early on, homeowners should verify their property insurance to see how much coverage they have,
    and if necessary, increase coverage especially for personal property. Renters should obtain renters insurance on their
    personal belongings.

    4. Know your evacuation route, have alternative living arrangements and keep your car fueled should an evacuation
    be necessary. Storing extra cans of gasoline in a safe place is also a plus.

    5. Homeowners should make sure that there are storm shutters to cover all windows and sliding glass doors. If
    you cannot install them, make sure you have someone lined up early who can complete the installation.

    6. Renters should review their lease to verify who is responsible for installing storm shutters. If you are responsible
    for the installation of the shutters, make sure you know where they are located and verify that there are sufficient
    shutters to cover all glass windows and doors.

    7. Have surge protectors on all major appliances, televisions, computers and other major electronic equipment.
    Also, generators are excellent for diminishing the damage that can result from abrupt power outages.

    8. Secure or remove potential windborne objects around the home such as garbage cans, barbecue grills, yard furniture
    and kids’ outdoor toys.

    9. Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.

    10. Determine how and where to secure your boat, RV, and additional vehicles. There are also a number of online resources you can
    visit, including the National Hurricane Center: www.nhc.noaa.govFEMA , and Palm Beach County Emergency Management

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    This is for information purposes only. Please rely on city, county, state and federal information on official websites for any hurricane related updates.

     

    Let’s all remember that we are all in this together!

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    #SoooBoca Beaches Are Fabulous!

     

    #SoooBoca Beaches Are Fabulous!

    (This shot is from a Boca Beach cam…you can check in, watch the waves and take a break from work from afar just click here 

    Summer time, summer time, sum sum summertime is here baby!

    It is time to breath a bit and hit the beaches and boy do we have amazing beaches in #bocaraton.

    I grew up hanging out at Red Rocks (now Red Reef) and still am amazed at the beauty of our local Boca beaches.

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    From Spanish River Park to Red Reef to the Palmetto Pavilion and county run (yup) South Beach Inlet at Camino Real there are many choices for diving, snorkeling, fishing, boating and of course simply relaxing and building your dream home ie. the sandcastle. There is even a dog friendly beach up at Spanish River Park!

    Intertwined with parks that have space to BBQ with picnic tables and playgrounds you can simply take a drive up A1A and pick from a variety of lovely beaches! We are so lucky that the city had the infinite wisdom to protect our miles of beaches here for future generational enjoyment.

    We love to go to the beaches no matter what time of year it is. There’s are the surfers, the sailers, the coffee drinkers and the bikers all overlapping and converging on our beautiful beaches. At anytime you can find solace at the beach with the lure of the Atlantic Ocean at your feet. The calm sound of the waves draws you in as you gaze out to the horizon watching birds, fish jump and fishing boats heading out to fish or coming home for the day.

    Here are some links for ya:

    Boca Parks

    My Boca City Website

    Boca Surf Cam

    Bark Beach

    Which is your favorite beach in Boca?

    I go back and forth but mainly I love the South County Park beach that is on A1A and Camino.

    I love the jetty and the inlet and all the people fishing there. It feels like home to me but any beach in Boca is fabulous so there you have it!

    Want to check out more things to do in Boca Raton…including the beautiful beaches click on  Pinterest – Things To Do In Boca Raton

     

    And if you love to be inspired by color, water, South Florida and some additional #SoooBoca visual content at #SoooBoca on Instagram or just come visit my The Michele Bee Instagram page!

    Please refer to city links for beach information, conditions and times. This is not meant to be anything other than my personal opinion.