Marathon News

#Events: The lionfish hunt is on!

#Events: The lionfish hunt is on!

By Kristen Livengood In the past two years the Marathon and Florida Keys Lionfish Tournament, hosted by Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys, removed more than 1,000 lionfish from Keys waters. That is 1,000 less lionfish devouring the little critters on the local, fragile reefs. The red and white striped invasive fish exploded in […]

#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 […]

#News: Political forum set for Monday

#News: Political forum set for Monday

The Weekly Newspapers and the Marathon Chamber of Commerce will once again co-host a political forum on Monday, Oct. 6 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Marathon Government Center. Chamber CEO Daniel Samess said local candidates and the public are invited. At press time, the following races will have representatives at the forum: • U.S. […]

#Events: The Count

#Events: The Count

By Wendy Toner Among the many seminars, guided tours and other activities during the annual Florida Keys Birding Wildlife Festival that runs through Sunday, Sept. 28, is one particularly important event — the count. A festival presenter and director of Florida Keys Hawkwatch, Rafael Galvez and his team of volunteers set up their “watch” each […]

#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 […]