Marathon News

#News: Annual “SMART Ride” may cause traffic slow downs

#News: Annual “SMART Ride” may cause traffic slow downs

The Annual “SMART Ride” bicycle fundraising event will be taking place this coming weekend. Approximately 450 bike riders will travel southbound from Miami to Key West beginning on November 14th at 6:30 a.m. They will travel as far as Hawk’s Cay the first day. They will then travel on November 15th from Hawk’s Cay to […]

#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: Marathon breaks ground on ‘Port of Entry’

#News: Marathon breaks ground on ‘Port of Entry’

Monroe County Commissioner David Rice presided over the “ground breaking” at Marathon Airport’s new Port of Entry offices. Although the silver and gold sledgehammers were purely ceremonial, all the dignitaries that helped make the project a reality spoke of the real work involved in getting the project this far. “We’ve been talking about this for […]

#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: ‘Tanked’ features Marathon attraction

#News: ‘Tanked’ features Marathon attraction

The citizens of Marathon are now well acquainted with the town’s newest attraction — Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters. Now the rest of the nation will discover the aquarium’s special construction and reveal when the television show “Tanked” airs tonight on the Animal Planet channel. The show, titled “Pipe Dreams,” airs on Friday, Oct. 24 at […]

#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 […]

#News: New fitness studio opens

#News: New fitness studio opens

Keys Strength and Conditioning is having a grand opening on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19, to introduce the community to the new fitness studio. It’s also an introduction to a new type of fitness, something they call group personalized training. Owners Liz and Chris Kuck will have seven or eight classes a day, each limited […]

#Events: Wyland coming to art festival

#Events: Wyland coming to art festival

The 21st annual Pigeon Key Art Festival has a special guest in 2015. Renowned marine life artist, Wyland, will be the featured artist for the February event. Plans are underway to incorporate a videographer who will capture Wyland’s techniques in real time as he creates his signature ink drawings. “He’ll be shown on a big […]

#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 […]