Marathon News

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 […]

Country club to be redeveloped – Plans include a boutique hotel, villas and a pools

Country club to be redeveloped – Plans include a boutique hotel, villas and a pools

A group of investors, including locals Peter Rosasco and Marvin Rappaport, have proposed a plan to redevelop Florida Keys Country Club, formerly Sombrero Country Club. The certificated club members have unanimously accepted the offer and the real estate deal is in the “due diligence” phase. Rosasco said the group’s plan was to find the highest […]

Locals honor who and what makes this city great

Locals honor who and what makes this city great

***See the Winners Here*** The Best of Marathon awards banquet was a sell out affair at the Key Colony Beach City Hall last weekend. One hundred and fifty citizens took their seats at the tables and many more were crowded around tall cocktail tables for the event that celebrates what’s best about Marathon. All of […]

Unke named as principal at Stanley Switlik Elementary – School Kindergarteners that knew him as AP are now 5th graders

He’s coming back. The Monroe County School Board is expected to approve Brett Unke as the new principal for Stanley Switlik Elementary at tonight’s workshop and meeting in Key West. In his recommendation, Superintendent of Schools Mark Porter wrote, “Following two rounds of interviews, [he] was identified as the best qualified candidate for the position.” […]

Marathon to ‘soften’ its look – Consultant hired to speed new street lights through state agency

Marathon to ‘soften’ its look – Consultant hired to speed new street lights through state agency

Retrofitting Marathon’s street light design isn’t as easy as it sounds. That’s because the lights — running from Coco Plum Drive to about 37th Street along U.S.1 — must conform to state Department of Transportation (DOT) specifications. Making changes, city officials said, is a lengthy process that includes photometric studies, engineering approvals and energy efficiency […]

Firefighters replace burnt bikes

Firefighters replace burnt bikes

There were two bright spots about last weekend’s fire on 63rd Street in Marathon: the window didn’t break containing the fire outside the apartment and the dog was okay. “We were at Sombrero Beach when we got the call,” said Frank Molina, nodding at his wife, Vanessa, over the heads of his three children. “We […]

City proposes law to regulate taxis

City proposes law to regulate taxis

The Marathon City Council seems ready to vote on a new taxi law. Although there are state laws governing passenger vehicles for hire, and a required county occupational license, licensing of taxis usually falls to municipalities. According to City Council member Ginger Snead, who initiated the proposed regulations, there are concerns that some cabs are […]

Cheerleaders celebrate end of season – Women of the Moose host the banquet

Cheerleaders celebrate end of season – Women of the Moose host the banquet

Lisa Kendrick began a new competitive cheerleading team in Marathon this year. The team’s name? “Keys Madness”! The team consists of nine girls who attend different Keys schools: Stacie Colon, Zamaira Ricart, Kacie Butler, Delaney Collins, Liz Cohen (not pictured), Hannah Child, Alex Pabon, Elizabeth Kyle and Noelys Almodovar. The team performed at the Seafood […]

Marathon High earns high ranking. Middle Keys school recognized for hard course work, hard tests.

Marathon High earns high ranking. Middle Keys school recognized for hard course work, hard tests.

All three Keys high schools were ranked in the recent Washington Post’s challenge report. Created by journalist Jay Matthews, the paper ranks the schools according to the difficulty of the classes offered divided by the number of graduating students. In the Florida rankings, Marathon High School was No. 53, Coral Shores was No. 101 and […]