Dick Ramsay

Marathon Politics: Council Moves Slowly on Image Improvements

Marathon Politics: Council Moves Slowly on Image Improvements

Too many lights. Too much curbing. Dilapidated buildings fronting the highway. Not enough trees. In the midst of budget season, the Marathon City Council is still struggling to gain some ground on improving the community’s aesthetic image, particularly along the U.S. 1 corridor. Community Image Advisory Board (CIAB) members Pete Chapman and Patti Childress (formerly […]

Marathon Politics: Ramsay Wants More User-Friendly Council

While lobster mini-season hunters gathered their gear and fishing licenses at local tackle shops, Councilman Dick Ramsay voiced his concerns over the council’s inability to respond to citizens’ comments during council meetings. “We had a citizen at the July 13 meeting come up to make comments, and I was chomping at the bit to respond,” […]

Marathon Politics: Council Extends Manager Contract, Awards First Time Homebuyer Loans

Marathon Politics: Council Extends Manager Contract, Awards First Time Homebuyer Loans

Marathon’s newest city manager can finally begin looking for permanent real estate inside city limits. Tuesday evening, Roger Hernstadt’s six-month performance review was unanimously positive from all five council members during their regularly scheduled meeting at the Monroe County Government Center. Councilman Rich Keating, who joined the city’s dais at roughly the same time Hernstadt […]

Marathon Community Meets to Coordinate Response

Marathon Community Meets to Coordinate Response

British Petroleum’s community liaison Andrew Van Chau now has additional support from another point man, Mark Stultz, the company’s current Public Information Officer stationed in the Florida Keys. “I’m new to the Keys, but not new to response,” Stultz affirmed Monday evening in the auditorium at Marathon High School. “Andrew has worked to build a […]

Marathon Politics: Council Appoints New Planning Commission

Marathon Politics: Council Appoints New Planning Commission

Fire/EMS Firefighters and EMS responders received the City of Marathon’s Fire/EMS Proclamation recognizing their service to the community from city council Tuesday evening. After weeks of consulting with the state’s Department of Community Affairs, Marathon’s Planning Commission was realigned under a system where the each council member appoints a representative. Previously, Planning Commissioners had to […]

Marathon Politics: Council to Attempt FDOT Negotiations with Ongoing Projects

Florida Department of Transportation District Six Secretary Gus Pego responded to citizen and council concerns Tuesday night regarding ongoing discussions of the dangerous intersection of U.S. 1 and Aviation Boulevard as well as the potential loss of parking spaces in Marathon’s Olde Town Business District with the installation of the Overseas Heritage Trail improvements. Two […]

Marathon Politics: City Still Weighing Options for Sidewalk on 53rd Street

The Marathon City Council has yet to pinpoint the best option to ease pedestrian access to businesses along 53rd Street next to the Publix Shopping Center. City Manager Roger Hernstadt presented two options along with cost estimates during Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled meeting, but the council asked Hernstadt to bring back conceptual drawings at the […]

Marathon Politics: Council’s Newest Member Reflects on Lessons So Far

The Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce rolled out plans for their Red Carpet Tour to the city council Tuesday night along with a request for matching funds to launch the program. Chamber CEO Daniel Samess said the program was designed in response to his board of directors’ request to address an increasing inventory of vacant […]

Politics: Council Hires New City Manager

Politics: Council Hires New City Manager

Though nine were invited and seven applicants appeared for interviews, the Marathon City Council made their choice early last Saturday morning, and their choice was Roger Hernstadt. After rounds of public interviews last Friday morning followed by private, one-on-one interviews with each council member in the afternoon, the council agreed Hernstadt, who is currently serving […]

Politics: Council Moves to Surrender Sliver of Property

Politics: Council Moves to Surrender Sliver of Property

Following a bit of research last spring, councilman Dick Ramsay brought to light a small piece of property that may be viable for a new boat ramp in Marathon, thus alleviating the often-crowded ramps and parking lots scattered throughout the city. Ocean Drive near Valhalla Point Resort is like many of the city’s streets that […]