Marathon

New plans for Marathon City Hall revealed – Council chooses two options to go to bid

New plans for Marathon City Hall revealed – Council chooses two options to go to bid

At this point in the process, three of the five Marathon City Councilmen prefer the middle-of-the-road option for the new city hall. Mayor Dick Ramsay likes the least-expensive option and Councilman Richard Keating favors the plan that calls for the biggest footprint. The council voted to send out bids seeking contracts on either end of […]

McCoy keeps a positive attitude – Community to stage a love-in on May 4

McCoy keeps a positive attitude – Community to stage a love-in on May 4

A few days ago, the ladies from Salon Blanco descended on a home on Bruce Court, armed with the tools of their trade. They were there to shave colleague Cathy McCoy’s head. What could have been a traumatic experience, turned into a party. “They just trooped in here and plopped down on the couch and […]

Youth football sign ups are going on now – The league has been developing young players since 1942

Youth football sign ups are going on now – The league has been developing young players since 1942

“We teach them the fundamentals, life skills and keep them doing something healthy and productive with their time,” said Key West native and coach of a quarter century Peter Estevez, who started coaching his children and now is coaching his grandchildren. He has seen the Key West Youth Football league grow over the years. Players […]

The many lives of Mrs. Appel

The many lives of Mrs. Appel

“I never wanted to meet my birth mother while my real mother was alive. I thought it would hurt her terribly,” Toni said. “But when I finally went to Italy, it was bittersweet. I couldn’t speak Italian and she couldn’t speak English, so we had some cousins interpreting for us. Although, I was finally able to tell her, ‘Thank you for giving us the life we had in the United States.’”

Plenty of fish in the sea – Mangrove snapper, yellowtail, dolphin, sails, tarpon and more

Plenty of fish in the sea – Mangrove snapper, yellowtail, dolphin, sails, tarpon and more

There is a lot of variety in the waters off the Middle Keys: mangrove snappers, yellow-tail snappers, mutton snappers, groupers, dolphin, sailfish, tuna and tarpon. (If you’re visiting, now is the time to hook-up with a local charter captain and experience some of the great fishing Marathon has to offer.) For consistent rod-bending action this […]

Benefit raises scholarship money for Keys kids

Benefit raises scholarship money for Keys kids

The ninth annual Nate Grill Softball Tournament will be played at the Marathon Community Park ball fields this weekend. Twelve teams — locals only — will slug it out to raise scholarship money for Marathon youth. “This year’s contest features all local teams. Although the out-of-town competition from previous years was great, it became more […]

Seven Mile vs. Cow Key Channel: A Tale of Two Bridge Races – One is 7 miles long, the other is 300 feet

Seven Mile vs. Cow Key Channel: A Tale of Two Bridge Races – One is 7 miles long, the other is 300 feet

Two unique bridge runs are being staged Saturday, April 5 in the Florida Keys: one whose course covers a grueling distance of nearly seven miles and one that is quite literally a hop, skip and a jump by comparison. Annually for nearly 30 years, racers from around the globe quickly have filled the 1,500 available […]

Marathon son takes No. 2 spot at substation – Lt. Derek Paul puts the fun in serious business

Marathon son takes No. 2 spot at substation – Lt. Derek Paul puts the fun in serious business

Monroe County Sheriff Office’s Lt. Derek Paul is home again. After 17 years as a law enforcement officer, the Marathon native is once again serving in his hometown and had been promoted into the No. 2 slot, as Key Vaca Substation Commander, to replace retiring Capt. Bruce Winegarden. “It’s nice to be back — very, […]

Park’s development conflict with dog owners wishes – Locals worry proposed dog run at Oceanfront Park will be too small

Park’s development conflict with dog owners wishes – Locals worry proposed dog run at Oceanfront Park will be too small

A group of dog lovers are worried they will be displaced when Marathon’s Oceanfront Park behind City Hall is complete. Where pooches make long, loping runs to retrieve tennis balls on a grassy field will soon be turned into a fitness trail for humans. “Sometimes we have as many as 20 dogs out here. I’m […]

Ginger’s still running (things) – Marathon dynamo manages 7 Mile Bridge Run, and much more

Ginger’s still running (things) – Marathon dynamo manages 7 Mile Bridge Run, and much more

In Marathon, when you want something done, you want Ginger Sayer on the team. Need someone to build 600 stone crab traps? She’s your girl. Need to organize a T-ball league? She can do it. Need 180 chocolate chip cookies by Friday? No problem. Plus, she can do that one other thing — put together […]

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