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#Celebrate: Happy Birthday, Marathon!

#Celebrate: Happy Birthday, Marathon!

Before Marathon ever incorporated, there was 25 months of hard work that went from turning a vision into a functioning city. Residents involved in the process had many reasons for wanting to strike out on their own, but the most common held belief was that becoming a city would give the residents of the Keys […]

#News: 50 units proposed for Sombrero Beach Road

On Monday, Nov. 17 the city of Marathon Planning Commission will hear the second reading of a proposed development near the top of Sombrero Beach Road. If approved the agreement will be sent to city council for final approval. The plan was tabled about a month ago to allow for finalized traffic and environmental impact […]

#Study: Almost 48% of Keys population living at, or very near, poverty level

#Study: Almost 48% of Keys population living at, or very near, poverty level

While the Keys have 12 percent of its population living at poverty levels, the very disturbing truth is that almost another third of the population is one paycheck away from serious distress. A recent study commissioned by United Way, revealed that 12 percent of islanders are existing at poverty levels, but another 36 percent fall […]

#News: HGTV films in Marathon

#News: HGTV films in Marathon

First Animal Planet, now HGTV. The producers of “Vacation House for Free” were in Marathon’s Little Venice neighborhood on Monday to film a house renovation featuring the work of local contractor Royal Crest Builders. (Animal Planet’s feature about Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters aired in late October.) “They’re inside right now, doing demolition,” said Royal Crest’s […]

#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 […]

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