Marathon News

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 […]

Locals have a personal stake in the seafood festival success

Locals have a personal stake in the seafood festival success

The vast majority of Marathon residents are very passionate about the Original Marathon Seafood Festival because they have a personal stake in it. In other words, they not only come out to enjoy the festival but are also volunteering in some aspect. And by volunteering, we don’t mean standing around handing out official program guides; […]

One little piggy went to the city council meeting …

One little piggy went to the city council meeting …

The sound of squealing tires could be heard in the Marathon Government Center this past Tuesday after city council members ruled on an ordinance that will have community-wide ramifications. Marathon’s mayor and legendary pig racing promoter Mike Cinque was certainly irritated enough to sizzle like an skillet of angry, crispy bacon at the recent city […]

Giving Back Tour – Car caravan hits the Keys

Giving Back Tour – Car caravan hits the Keys

Car enthusiasts rolling in Scions and Smart Cars motored through Monroe County recently to raise funds and awareness for restoration of historical 7 Mile Bridge. The “Trouble in Paradise” Give Back Tour event, sponsored by Lumber Liquidators, is the brainchild of Growlworks’ Chief Conversation Officer Michael Kennedy to provide a vehicle for passionate people to […]

Cities consider ‘optional’ tax break but state proposed homestead exemption for seniors already in the Keys

Cities consider ‘optional’ tax break but state proposed homestead exemption for seniors already in the Keys

On the Nov. 6, 2012 ballot there were four questions put to the voters regarding property taxes. Two were constitutional amendments approved by the majority and automatically became state law. Those exempted veterans injured in combat and widows of first responders or veterans. The last property tax exemption for low-income seniors, although approved by the […]

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 […]

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