February 2017 News

February 2017 News

Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
Chamber Updates
The best way to get the most out of your Chamber membership is to become engaged.  Your Board of Directors and Chamber staff tries to take advantage of every opportunity given to us to be involved in the community.  Members who participate with us in Club events, such as Street Fairs and All Charities Weekend, routinely express the positive impact it has on their business.  These events provide a unique opportunity to have memorable face to face interactions with Ocean Reef residents.  Our goal is always to ensure that the Ocean Reef community thinks of the Chamber, and it's professional and qualified group of members, FIRST when hiring a vendor.  The next scheduled Street Fair is on Thursday, April 13th. Contact me at if you are interested in volunteering with us! And, don't forget to save the date for our 6th Annual Charitable Golf Tournament benefiting the Chamber's Scholarship Fund.


Business of the Month 
At every luncheon, we sell $5 raffle tickets for a drawing to be the next business "spotlighted" in the monthly Chamber newsletter! This month's winner:

Mortgage Lending 

Fifth Third Bank is a lender licensed in over twenty five states. With over $120 billion in assets, the bank has an array of mortgage products including 100% financing for doctors, jumbo loans up to 10 million and construction to perm financing.

Our construction to perm loan is a one time close product. We differentiate ourselves from other lenders in financing 90% of the cost of construction. The doctor programs allow for 100% financing up to $650,000.00 for new residents, interns, fellows and established doctors. We also finance 90% up to a $1 million loan amount for doctors and 85% for a loan amount of $1.5 million.

For more information please contact:

Tamarind Effio 
Residential Mortgage Advisor
Fifth Third Bank
P. 904 521 5945
F. 844.778.3791
2333 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Coral Gables, FL. 33134
In business over 12 years. 
"Please feel free to reach me at anytime - including the weekends.
We have financed several homes in Ocean Reef and are familiar with the process".
March 1st Luncheon

Join us for our March Luncheon 



  As business owners and executives, there is one subject that affects us all, business growth in Florida.  Your Chamber is offering this great opportunity to meet Dr. Jerry D. Parrish, the Chief Economist and the Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation, who will be explaining how we can prepare for the future with the Florida 2030 project.

What is Florida 2030?
By 2030, six million more residents will call Florida home and 2 million more jobs will be needed. To prepare for this continued growth and ensure Florida remains successful, we need a plan for Florida's future that develops high-wage jobs, diversifies the economy, ensures global competitiveness and creates vibrant communities.
The Florida Chamber Foundation is leading the charge to write the blueprint for Florida's future - Florida 2030. This two-year research program will stimulate strategic thinking about Florida's future and engage business and community leaders in each of Florida's 67 counties in identifying key trends and the factors that can drive their regional economy.
Florida 2030 is our opportunity to work together to strengthen your community, your business, and your future. Help us make Florida a better place for tomorrow by engaging in Florida 2030 today.
Learn more about the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the great work they do for businesses in Florida here:

$30 includes buffet lunch.  

Registration is REQUIRED for this luncheon.

Thank you to our sponsor!

Become a Luncheon Sponsor... Support YOUR Chamber while promoting YOUR business!

Your feedback is important to us! Please complete our  luncheon survey online and help us improve.

Contractors Join us for a Business Summit
Thank You All Charities Sponsors!
Thank you to all of the businesses who sponsored and volunteered at All Charities Weekend making our involvement possible.  A very special thank you as well to the Florida Keys Brewing Company who donated their time and beer for the Chamber's Saturday lunch.  Please share your photos and experience with us by emailing
Check out some pictures on our Facebook Page!
Florida Keys Brewing Company 3NA, LLC
International Travel Group East Ridge at Cutler Bay
Waterfront Fine Homes Wade Architects
EPDesign Group Innovative Technology Solutions
Yachting Experts
Shield Pest Control
Upper Keys Marine VNA/ Hospice of the FL Keys
The UPS Store  
Brown & Brown Insurance
Sunshine Printing   
Protech E2
The Academy at Ocean Reef 
Keen Battle Mead & Co
Reef Roundaround
Wheels Up
Ocean Reef Press   
Archer Painting
CenterState Bank   
Impressive Renovations
Safeway Restoration
Celedinas Insurance 
Essence of the Phoenix
Gibraltar Private Bank 
Russell Post Properties
Dannels Jewelry   
BIA & Company
Swenson & Ecuyer Realty
Catalina Caststone Creations
Que Belle Event Production & Marketing 
Florida Keys Children's Shelter
Islamorada Investment Management
The Marble Merchant

Ocean Reef Club Real Estate                   
Welcome New Members

K2M Design Inc. 
Leslie Weisshaar 

Job Postings
The following Chamber members are looking for qualified individuals to fill vacancies.  Please review these job descriptions and contact the person listed for additional information. To send us your job listings visit our website: 

Ocean Reef Community Association 
Join a great team with the following available positions:
  • Human Resources Specialist (Part-Time)
  • Community/Security Officer (prior law enforcement/military experience a plus)
For Consideration, please send your resume to: Talent Acquisition Division: Ocean Reef Community Association; Yael Skinner, Director of Human Resources at 

Visit for more information.  

Protech e2
Currently seeking an experienced A/V tech.  Application at

For more information contact Maritza at (305) 367-2700 ext. 111 

Please check our website anytime for additional listings.


Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce
Melanie Russo, Executive Director

Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce, 35 Ocean Reef Drive, Suite 142, Key Largo, FL 33037


Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce

1 Dockside Lane

Key Largo, FL 33037 

Phone: 305.367.3646
Fax: 305.367.2799

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Mailing Address

Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce
31 Ocean Reef Dr.
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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