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#News: Six years of ‘ID-ers’

#News: Six years of ‘ID-ers’

It’s a quirk. Instead of saying “ideas,” Marathon Mayor Dick Ramsay always pronounces the word as “ID-ers.” And anyone who has worked alongside Dick for the past six years he served on Marathon City Council, knows he has plenty of those. In his three terms, Dick has accomplished plenty: spearheading the Port of Entry status […]

#News: Powerboat races coming back to Marathon

#News: Powerboat races coming back to Marathon

As usual, the powerboat races are coming to Key West in early November. But the Super Boat International races are also coming back to Marathon after an absence of many years. SBI and the Conch Republic Offshore Powerboat Racing Association have planned a 4th of July weekend event in 2015. “It’s our tradition to race […]

#News: Pool supporters swamp council with support

#News: Pool supporters swamp council with support

It was standing-room-only at Tuesday’s special call meeting to discuss long-range planning in Marathon, including the need for a public pool. About 80 people filled the chamber at the Marathon Fire Station, and the crowd spilled into the hallway. Radio personality Leigha Fox made a presentation on behalf of Friends of the Marathon Pool. “We […]

#News: City awards construction bid to Pedro Falcon

#News: City awards construction bid to Pedro Falcon

On Tuesday, the Marathon City Council voted to approve Pedro Falcon Construction’s bid for the new city hall. The cost came in at $4,376,514 and that includes about $80,000 of “extras.” “They quoted us a very reasonable amount for laying thin-set tile instead of industrial carpet and they will also construct the building pad,” said […]

#News: Monroe County may process yard waste differently

#News: Monroe County may process yard waste differently

Monroe County recently put a proposal together for yard waste processing and two companies — Waste Management and Energy 3 — came back with bids and radically different methods for recycling the organic waste. The county currently pays $85.20/ton to Waste Management to haul the yardwaste to a facility in Broward County, but the contract […]

#News: New fitness studio opens

#News: New fitness studio opens

Keys Strength and Conditioning is having a grand opening on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19, to introduce the community to the new fitness studio. It’s also an introduction to a new type of fitness, something they call group personalized training. Owners Liz and Chris Kuck will have seven or eight classes a day, each limited […]

#News: Hyatt to be complete by mid-December

#News: Hyatt to be complete by mid-December

The furniture will start arriving next week. There’s still much to be done before the Hyatt Place opens in Marathon in mid-December, but already there’s wallpaper and carpeting in the rooms and hallways of the 125-room resort. “It’s coming along at a good pace,” said Hyatt general manager Steve Robbins. Workers are still assembling the […]

#News: Pete Chapman named chairman of the board

#News: Pete Chapman named chairman of the board

Peter Chapman, of Chapman Cardwell Capital Management, a Marathon financial services firm, has been elected as the chairman of the Fishermen’s Community Hospital Board of Trustees. He replaces Michael Cunningham, CEO of Keys AHEC, a countywide community health services organization, who served as chairman for four years. “As treasurer of the Board of Trustees for […]

#News: Girl finds message in a bottle

#News: Girl finds message in a bottle

On Saturday the 13th, about 20 students and volunteers turned up at Marathon High School to participate in the international Coastal Cleanup. (Last year, approximate 648,000 volunteers in 92 countries picked up about 12 million pounds of trash.) The kids found tons of garbage — plastic and glass bottles, buckets and buoys — and in […]

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