Marathon News

Hotel room construction set to begin

If everything goes according to plan, Marathon hoteliers will build 220 brand new hotel rooms in 2013 — and that’s a conservative estimate. In addition to the town’s Holiday Inn Express, there would also be two Marriott hotels and a Hyatt. The new rooms are, of course, the results of the Governor’s award of 100 […]

Co-existing with the crocodile

Co-existing with the crocodile

Just recently, officials removed an 11-foot crocodile from Key Largo. And last week, Marathon resident Jim Tashijan called The Weekly to report seeing two different crocodiles in the Sombrero Beach neighborhood over a period of three days between Nov. 30 and Dec. 2. “One was about six feet long and another looked a little smaller, […]

Whitefly situation improving

Since 2009 when the first report of a whitefly surfaced in Miami-Dade County, the epidemic has spread across the islands of Monroe County and left residents and homeowners scratching the heads for a solution. Tuesday evening, during the Marathon City Council meeting, county extension agent Kim Gabel presented the council with some positive news. “We’ve […]

Fishermen’s Community Hospital Welcomes New Physician

Fishermen’s Community Hospital Welcomes New Physician

Fishermen’s Community Hospital is pleased to announce the hiring of Surgeon Reza Keshavarzi, MD. Keshavarzi joined the practice of Steve Smith, MD in November 2011. Keshavarzi arrived in the Keys following the completion of his residency in General Surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Keshavarzi comes to the Keys from Pompano Beach, Florida and […]

Waiting on a chief

Waiting on a chief

Hernstadt to choose from final four Nearly two-dozen firefighters and paramedics heard from the final four candidates in line to be their new chief Tuesday night during Marathon’s city council meeting. After speaking to councilmembers prior to the meeting, William Amador, John Johnson, Gregory Hoggatt Sr. and Derryl O’Neal each presented their cases to the […]

City doles out non-profit grants

$90K to 20 organizations The homeless, the hungry and young children – those are among the top three Middle Keys populations that will benefit from the City of Marathon’s annual redistribution of tax dollars to benefit nearly two dozen non-profit groups. Independence Cay, the only transitional housing and soup kitchen facility in the Middle Keys, […]

Fishermen’s Names New CEO

Fishermen’s Names New CEO

Board’s focus on renewed community relationship Fishermen’s Community Hospital this week has named its new CEO. Dr. Hal Leftwich will take the reigns on Jan. 1, 2012, when Scott Landrum, who’s served as chief transitional officer, leaves his post on Dec. 31. “He successfully led several small hospitals through major challenges, was a hospital CEO […]

Council backs Planning Commish decision

John Foster may have just heard “Last Call” on his attempt to breath life into a derelict building. He’s currently under contract to purchase the building and former of the Overseas Lounge at 3574 Overseas Highway. The bar and package liquor store has sat empty since closing in 2008 and was deemed non-conforming after 18 […]

Worthington named mayor

Worthington named mayor

Ramsay remains in vice mayor seat In his sixth consecutive year on the Marathon City Council, Pete Worthington will serve from the center seat after being selected without opposition to serve as the Mayor of Marathon. Nominated by Vice Mayor Dick Ramsay, “based on what he’s done for the residents of this city,” Worthington thanked […]

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