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    30th Annual Key Largo Chamber of Commerce Cook Off a huge success!

    Last updated 2 years ago

    This year's was the best ever. Congratulations to the Key Largo Chamber and the Holiday Inn for putting on such a great event. Special thanks to Doc Boilini, the illustrious emcee.

    Here are the winning chefs:

    SOUPS AND CHOWDERS: Karen Kelly; Paige Prouty; Anita Garmon of Coconuts; Laura Dreaver of Key Largo Conch House

     APPETIZERS: Jennifer Barnhill; Sandy Harrelson;  Jim Drake; Anita Garmon and Clayton Purchase

     SIDES and SALADS: Betsy Baste; Ginny Pennell; Anita Garmon of Coconuts; Laura Dreaver of Key Largo Conch House

    ENTREES: Lou Howell; Cody Kerns; Anita Garmon of Coconuts; Holiday Inn; Laura Dreaver of the Conch House

     DESSERTS: Barbara Sindaco; Sandy Harrelson; Anita Garmon of Coconuts; Bob and Kristie Thomas of Key Largo Chocolates

    JUNIOR WINNERS: Caroline Rosenbalm & Hanna Boehm

    BEST OF SHOW: we hope the winners wear their CBF aprons with pride!


    APPETIZERS: Buzzard’s Roost, Chefs Bert and Juan

    SIDES and SALADS: Sandy Poslay

    ENTREES: Buzzard’s Roost, Chefs Bert and Juan

    DESSERTS: Laura Dreaver, Key Largo Conch House



    Community Bank Supports Universal Gymnastics

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Community Bank of Florida was pleased to make a donation to Universal Gymnastics. These young athletes train hard year-round, and we were happy to help them pay for their annual awards and holiday party. In the photo you may see a familiar face- Danell Leyva is the 2011 U.S National All-Around gold medalist and the 2011 World Champion on the parallel bars. Danell lives in Homestead and trains in Miami at Universal Gymnastics. Find out more about all these future Olympians at :


    In honor of our Veterans...

    Last updated 2 years ago

    We will be closed on Friday, November 11, 2011. Thank you to all the men and women who are serving or have served in our military!

    SPOTLIGHT on The Fourth Wall Design

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Our latest customer testimonial in Polk County featured The Fourth Wall Design. The owner, Tom Monaco has an interesting story we'd love to share. Here's what Tom had to say in our interview:

    "“After spending time as a theater designer and college professor, one day I quit my job to pursue my dreams. I decided to pack up and move to Lakeland because of the central location, great art scene and bustling chamber of commerce. I am now happily settled here as an artisan.  

    My goal is to provide design and fabrication services for unusual and one of a kind art pieces, furniture, room environments and other stand alone elements for homes as well as businesses. I strive to give each piece a unique theatrical design sensibility and the highest possible level of craftsmanship. The demand for unique work has been so great, I began to run out of room.  

    As luck would have it, a bank found me. Community Bank of Florida’s lender, Karen, had contacted me about a furniture job. I decided to talk to her about expanding and we ended up financing my dream studio and gallery. Now they take care of all my banking needs and it’s great to know I can call them anytime.”

    Check out more of Tom's impressive work on his website,

    • Thomas Monaco
    • Grandfather Clock
    • Split Bookcase
    • Mobile Clock
    • Tropical Dressing Table

    Denise Tarafa Celebrates 15 Years with Community Bank!

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Community Bank of Florida is proud to celebrate Denise Tarafa’s 15th Anniversary as a member of their Financial Family. Mrs. Tarafa is a Retail Banking Officer, as well as the manager of the Quail Roost Office. Her office is located at 19990 SW 177th Avenue, and she is often seen visiting local nurseries and farms.

     Mrs. Tarafa is a graduate of Coral Gables High School and received her Associate’s degree in Business Administration from Miami-Dade College. She is originally from New York City and currently resides in the Redlands with her husband, George. In 2007, she was presented The President’s Volunteer Award, “in recognition and appreciation of her commitment to strengthening our Nation and for making a difference through volunteer service.” Denise and George have been volunteering for the American Red Cross for several years and have dedicated over 4,000 service hours. She is also a team leader of the South Dade Red Cross Disaster Assistance Team, a Red Cross advisory member and a member of the South Dade Red Cross Ball committee.

     When Denise is not banking or responding to Red Cross calls, she enjoys spending time with her daughters and grandchild, reading novels and boating. When asked about working in the Quail Roost area, Denise stated, “Living and working in Homestead has given me the opportunity to appreciate and see first-hand the importance of agriculture to our country. It is exciting to see the process, from tilling the land, the sprouting seeds and the beauty of the harvest.


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