City of Marathon Timeline Leading Up to 10th Anniversary Celebration

City of Marathon Timeline Leading Up to 10th Anniversary Celebration

November 2, 1999
• Several Middle Keys residents and local business owners, dissatisfied with the leadership under county government, brought the option of incorporation to the people of Marathon with a referendum. Sixty seven percent voted in favor of incorporation, and nearly 34 percent against it.  The city’s boundaries, from the East end of the Seven Mile Bridge at Mile Marker 47 to the West end of Toms Harbor Bridge at Mile Marker 60, solidified Marathon as the official Heart of the Florida Keys.

November 30, 1999
• After a core group incorporation proponents, including Alan Fletcher, Dick Schultz, Bob and Karen Wilkinson, Mike Cinque, Karen Dennis, Bob Miller and Randy Mearns, among others, lobbied representative Daryl Jones, and the City of Marathon is officially incorporated through state-sponsored legislation in Tallahassee.

February 8, 2000
• In the city’s first local government election, 2,598 voters turned out to cull the field of 17 candidates to fill five seats. Bob Miller beat out Craig Geary and Marv Schindler for Seat 1; John Bartus defeated Sally Buehler, Bicycle Joanie, Terry Pollard and Joanne Weber; Randy Mearns topped Robert “Iceman” Betts, John Housman, Dermot Macmahon, Randy Ross and Kevin Woodland; and finally, Frank Greenman defeated Bonnie Kozmer and Dick Ramsay in the run for the final seat. Jon Johnson ran uncontested for the fifth seat.

February 24, 2000
• The first meeting of newly elected council is held. Bob Miller is selected as Marathon’s first mayor, and John Bartus is pegged vice mayor.
Bob Miller


August 15, 2001
• Marathon’s Community Park opens to the public. The park is 33.117 acres and features basketball and tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields, a toddler playground and walking paths as part of Phase I construction. A skate park, amphitheatre, several picnic pavilions, bocce ball and shuffle board courts were later added.
Community Park Sign



January 12, 2002
• Following a major cleanup campaign of Boot Key Harbor in the wake of Hurricane Georges, Marathon City Marina receives Clean Marina designation.

Sept. 2002
• The city fires contract management firm, Moyer & Associates. A six-month search process to hire a city manager ensues, and Scott Janke is ultimately hired for the position.

Fall 2002
• Construction on one of Marathon’s premier beaches, Sombrero Beach broke ground. Though there was no official dedication ceremony, the project was completed the following year.

October 25, 2004
• Mike Puto, hired January 13, 2003 to serve as the Community Services Director, was appointed City Manager.

October 15, 2005
• Singh Resort’s Tranquility Bay opens to the public. The property is the first luxury beach house resort to open within the city limits and features 87 two and three bedroom accommodations, a beach-entry pool, waterfront tiki-bar, putting greens and white sandy beaches.
Tranquility Bay



October 24, 2005
• After battering the Yucatan Peninsula for days, Hurricane Wilma misses Marathon by more than 70 miles before slamming onto the west coast of Florida, 9 – 10 ft. of surge are reported on the bayside of Marathon. The National Guard is called into to disperse water, ice and food to affected residents.
Wilma the Witch



May 15, 2006
• Marathon begins construction of the largest project to date, the installation of a central sewer system. The Sombrero Beach Dry Line broke ground and marked the official start date of construction in hopes of meeting the state mandated 2010 deadline.

March 10 – 11, 2007
The Original Marathon Seafood Festival is moved from the airport to the Community Park. Record numbers turn out for Marathons’ biggest festival.

Dec. 10, 2007
• The Marathon Fire Station opens. Capable of withstanding the wind load associated with a Category 4 hurricane, the station is the crown jewel of Marathon infrastructure, located on the site of former station that was built by volunteers in the 70’s and later destroyed in the wake of Hurricane Wilma’s storm surge.
Marathon Fire Station 14



March 4, 2008
• The old 7 Mile Bridge to Pigeon Key is closed to vehicular traffic. Three months later, FDOT prohibits fishing from the historic bridge.

April 30, 2008
• City Manager Mike Puto resigns.

March 10, 2009
• Following Florida Department of Transportation’s closure of Boot Key Bridge to traffic roughly one year prior, the bridge is officially locked in the upright position.
Boot Key Bridge



October 14, 2009
• The Overseas Highway receives All American Road designation.
US1 Highway Designation



November 10, 2009
• As she began the second year of her first term in office, Ginger Snead is unanimously chosen as the first female mayor of Marathon.




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