In just a couple days, we will vote in one of the most historic elections since 1999, when Middle Keys residents declared independence from the county and formed the city of Marathon.
Many will refute this statement, arguing that the choices are limited to only five City Council candidates including “Bicycle Joannie.”
However, Marathon’s elected representatives will face some tough decisions over the next two years and the voters should make their choices wisely.
The sewers are on pace to be completed by next summer, and the Council is currently working on the long-range plans of how (and who) should operate and maintain the system.
Even though the bridge is gone, the fate of Boot Key and its role in the city remains unclear. We could end up with a multi-million dollar legal bill or an 800-acre eco-park.
Those are just a couple of the though decisions our City Council is going to face in the coming years, so we must have the clairvoyance to select the right people for the task.
Do your homework. Research the candidates, and make smart choices.
Pete Worthington is the longest serving councilman in the history of Marathon. As a commercial fisherman, his livelihood is tied directly to the environment.
Small business owner Ginger Snead also has a vested interest in this community. A community activist, she has championed numerous causes both on and off the dais during her first term.
Dick Ramsay, whose children and grandchildren still call Marathon home, is also seeking another two years to further his plans to establish Marathon as an international Port of Entry.
The incumbents face former Planning Commission Chair and retired Navy man Larry Shaffer whose grassroots campaign and push for early voting have gained him support in recent weeks.
Joan Nelson, whose flashes of brilliance are often lost in a haze of finger pointing and incomplete thoughts, rounds out the ballot.
The top three vote getters will earn a spot on the next City Council, but that does not mean you have to fill in three bubbles. A vote for just one candidate, or a “bullet vote,” makes your voice that much louder, but checking off a candidate just to vote will just dilute the process.
This November 2, we at The Weekly urge everyone to get involved in the political process and make your voice heard.