White Heron Award for January 2012

Sea Grapes Apartments, located at 7151 Overseas Highway in Marathon, was recently awarded the White Heron Award by the Marathon Garden Club! This traveling award is presented throughout the year to area businesses that participate in beautification projects on properties located along the US1 corridor between Conch Key and the Seven Mile Bridge. Sea Grapes Apartments opened in 2009, has 84 units, 100% occupancy & a waiting list! Their landscaping includes a variety of palms, buttonwoods, crotons & ornamental bird of paradise. Judy Shaw, Master Gardener & member of the Marathon Garden Club (left) presented the award to Aleida Roldan, Business Manager and Rudy Otero who maintains the landscaping & grounds. Sea Grape Apartments is owned by the Carlisle development group & managed by the Pinnacle company.

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White Heron Award for March 2012

Dolphin Research Center, on Grassy Key, was recently awarded the White Heron Award by the Marathon Garden Club! This traveling award is presented throughout the year to area businesses that participate in beautification projects on properties located along the US1 corridor between Conch Key and the Seven Mile Bridge. Dolphin Research Center (DRC) worked with Gonzalez Brothers landscaping to improve the landscape & appearance of their main entrance and parking lot. Judy Shaw, Master Gardener & member of the Marathon Garden Club, presented the award to Armando “Mandy” Rodriguez DRC’s Co-Founder and Chief operating Officer.

Blue Star Marker

The weekend of March 13-14, 2010 was an occasion for a wish come true for Mort Wood!  He and several other Veterans from WW II noticed that the Blue Star Marker at the Vaca Cut Bridge in Marathon was in need of attention.  He approached Pete Chapman, Chairman of the City of Marathon Beautification Board to inquire about the maintenance of the Marker.  Pete shared this information with Beautification Board member & President of the Marathon Garden Club, Linnea Cunningham.  The Blue Star Marker Highways were Federally designated with the assistance of the National Garden Club to honor United States Military Service Membersin 1945.  The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs recommended contact with Thomas Stelling of Daytona Beach, an experienced refurbisher. Tom worked on the sign and now the gold letters and blue star stand out and can be read from a distance. Donations from some generous folks made the refurbishing possible; Morton Wood, BarbaraFehsenfeld, Sandy & Dick Gebhardt, Marlis & Erick Bley, Linda & Lynn Mapes, Pete Chapman, Darby & Don Wathne and Pat & Dick Rowley. (The last two couples were unable to be present for the photo shoot.)  The Marathon Garden Club gives recognition and a huge thank you to this generous group.

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