Marathon News

#DayTripping: Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters & Sweet Savannah’s

#DayTripping: Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters & Sweet Savannah’s

Contributed Visitors to the Middle Keys can enjoy an immersive experience with reef fish, invertebrates, stingrays and even sharks — without entering the ocean — at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, a marine life attraction in Marathon. The signature feature of the multimillion-dollar facility, located at the foot of the Vaca Cut Bridge, is a coral […]

#News: Two MHS seniors named National Merit semifinalists

#News: Two MHS seniors named National Merit semifinalists

In some ways, Reef Landrum and John Galjanic are ordinary kids — they like exploring on their bikes, shooting hoops and spearfishing. In other ways, they are extraordinary, both at the top of their academic game. Both young men, seniors at Marathon High School, have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition. Only […]

MHS students win at stock market game – Tenth graders beat 390 other portfolios

MHS students win at stock market game – Tenth graders beat 390 other portfolios

In the past, local students have done very well in the Stock Market Game which simulates the real market so students can learn about investing. But never has a team won first place in the South Florida Division. Marathon High School sophomores Kevin Rivadeneyra and Melanie Lopez-Menendez in Dr. Elizabeth Bayerl’s economics class did it […]

Marathon Chamber donates $25,000 – Money will fund Port of Entry

Marathon  Chamber  donates $25,000 – Money will fund Port of Entry

The Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce recently donated $25,000 towards a new service that will create new jobs, revenue for local businesses, and help to further increase tourism and visibility to Marathon and the Middle Keys. The Marathon Port of Entry (customs and immigration services) is on schedule to open during the first quarter of […]

106-unit housing project probably a ‘go’ – Tarpon Harbor developer to make appeal to city for extra permits

106-unit housing project probably a ‘go’ – Tarpon Harbor developer to make appeal to city for extra permits

A mainland developer is proposing to build 106 units on an 8.7-acre piece of land next to The Wooden Spoon in Marathon. Formerly the Aloha, the badly deteriorated buildings were demolished a few years ago and now a developer has come forward with a new plan called Tarpon Harbor. Marathon Ocean Housing LLC wants to […]

Zieg announces city hall bid – Retired doctor serves on the planning commission

Zieg announces city hall bid – Retired doctor serves on the planning commission

Dr. Dan Zieg filed the paperwork to run for Marathon City Council on Wednesday. The retired orthopedic doctor said he wants to help the city generate new ideas. “In the most recent election, the voters of Marathon asked for fresh ideas and new faces and I think that’s extremely important,” he said. Zieg jokes that […]

Bull’s reveals plan for Marathon makeover – Seeks to improve U.S.1 corridor with a variety of projects

Bull’s reveals plan for Marathon makeover – Seeks to improve U.S.1 corridor with a variety of projects

Marathon Vice Mayor Chris Bull has been putting the finishing touches on a initative to improve the city’s “main street” look. “The city has been focused on infrastructure like stormwater and wastewater infrastructure, and rightfully so,” Bull said. “But the time has come to invest in our ‘living brochure’ — our U.S.1 corridor.” Dubbed the […]

Kelly files for Marathon City Council

Kelly files for Marathon City Council

This past Tuesday, longtime Marathon resident and businessman Bill Kelly filed the paperwork to run for Marathon City Council. “The time is right for me,” Kelly said. “I have always been interested in the goings-on of the city.” Originally from New Jersey, Kelly made Marathon his home in the late ’70s and established Kelly Electric […]

New plans for Marathon City Hall revealed – Council chooses two options to go to bid

New plans for Marathon City Hall revealed – Council chooses two options to go to bid

At this point in the process, three of the five Marathon City Councilmen prefer the middle-of-the-road option for the new city hall. Mayor Dick Ramsay likes the least-expensive option and Councilman Richard Keating favors the plan that calls for the biggest footprint. The council voted to send out bids seeking contracts on either end of […]

Salvation Army store to close – Financial reasons cited for corporate decision

Salvation Army store to close – Financial reasons cited for corporate decision

The Coconut Telegraph is humming with news that the Salvation Army store in Marathon will be closing soon. On a recent Wednesday afternoon, about a half dozen shoppers were scavenging the racks like it might be their last chance, although the doors won’t close until Tuesday, Oct. 15. “I’m a single mom. This place has […]