Marathon News

Young men swim five miles to shore when boat capsizes.

Young men swim five miles to shore when boat capsizes.

Stay with the boat. That’s the No. 1 rule for boaters when their craft capsizes. But what if there is no boat? “It went like this,” said Sharieff Vincent, using his hand to mimic the boat rolling over and then it’s zigzag descent to the bottom of the ocean. “But first it went like this,” […]

26 teams compete for top honors

26 teams compete for top honors

Last weekend’s AYSO Marathon Conch Cup soccer tournament featured 26 teams from Homestead, the Upper Keys, Marathon, Big Pine and Key West. More than 300 players and their families attended the annual tourney. For the first time, the contest featured a U8 division called “Future Stars,” but the big winners were the extremely prepared Homestead teams, blowing away […]

Possibility of new city hall, public works building to be discussed

Possibility of new city hall, public works building to be discussed

Marathon residents are strongly encouraged to show up on with “wish lists” in hand on Thursday, Jan. 17 for a special call meeting of the Marathon City Council. On the table is a capital improvement plan for the next five years. Mayor Michael Cinque said he knows what he would like to see happen in […]

Bring your wish lists to city workshop

Marathon residents are strongly encouraged to show up on with “wish lists” in hand on Thursday, Jan. 17 for a special call meeting of the Marathon City Council. On the table is a capital improvement plan for the next five years. Mayor Michael Cinque said he knows what he would like to see happen in […]

Birth Announcement

Birth Announcement

Micah Scott Cox was born Dec. 29, 2012 in Lakeland, Fla. and immediately placed in the welcoming arms of his adoptive parents, Patricia and Jeffery Cox of Marathon, weighing 6 pounds, 6 ounces. Micah has an especially sweet birth story that started many years ago when his mom — Trish, as she’s called around town— […]

Infrastructure Investments; Marathon eyes sewer finish line

Infrastructure Investments; Marathon eyes sewer finish line

It’s done. The construction of Marathon’s wastewater and stormwater project is largely complete. The sewage treatment plants for areas 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and Little Venice are finished and roughly 67 percent of property owners are hooked up to the system. The only thing left to tally is the bill. The entire project cost […]

KAIR numbers keep climbing

KAIR numbers keep climbing

On average, KAIR serves about 45 people a day and distributes about 12,000 pounds of food a month. Think about that number: 12,000 pounds. That’s about 400 pounds a day, give or take, walking out in the hands of someone who needs it from the administration’s office located in the rear of the Marathon Community […]

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 […]

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