Marathon News

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 […]

Marathon Veterinary Hospital’s grand opening.

Marathon Veterinary Hospital’s grand opening.

The Marathon Veterinary Hospital’s grand opening was a big hit with the two-legged and four-legged crowd. At least a hundred people came out this week to tour the new facility and mingle as Misery Loves Company entertained the gathering with music. Veterinarians Geraldine Diethelm  and  Doug Mader, far right, pose with Della and Hunter. Some […]

Artist finishes lighthouse replicas for city signage

Artist finishes lighthouse replicas for city signage

Larry “Lighthouse Larry” Herlth is seriously into lighthouses. But not in the tiny-wooden-replica-that-sits-on-the-shelf kind of way. He’s into macho-thousand-pound-weld-it-out-of-steel kind of way. The Islamorada resident’s interest in the structures started out small, he said, but quickly blossomed into something of an obsession. “A captain friend of mine suggested that I build one as an artistic […]

Ramsay Rodeo – Sheriff ride nets a cool grand

Ramsay Rodeo – Sheriff ride nets a cool grand

Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay raised more than $1,000 with a 30-second mechanical bullride this past weekend during Pig Days at the Stuffed Pig Fairgrounds. Thanks to generous donations from the community including a serious gift from HogHeaven in Islamorada, thousands of dollars were raised to help Grace Jones and Kreative Kids daycare centers. “The […]

New City Hall in Marathon

New City Hall in Marathon

Slowly but surely, residents of Marathon and government officials are inching towards a complete plan for a new city hall. So far, only the basics have been agreed upon: to build a city hall, to build it where the current city hall trailers are now, to install more than the required amount of landscaping on […]