Marathon

#Events: Amateur eaters to pause for the claws

#Events: Amateur eaters to pause for the claws

Jumpstarting the annual seven-month stone crab season is a much-anticipated munch-a-thon, the fourth annual Stone Crab Claw Eating Contest for amateur eaters, set for Saturday, Oct. 18. Staged at Keys Fisheries Market and Marina, located at 35th Street gulfside in Marathon, the lively consumption competition is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Entrants must register […]

#DayTripping: Bi-plane flight & Brutus Seafood

#DayTripping: Bi-plane flight & Brutus Seafood

“I call it my ‘sky Harley,’” said Evan Doumis of Overseas Aero Tours, and we can’t find a more apt description for the vintage biplane he uses to fly locals and visitors through the skies above the Middle Keys. Passengers will certainly get an unobstructed view, not to mention the air blowing through their hair, […]

#DayTripping: Channel 5 Bridge & Island Fish Co.

#DayTripping: Channel 5 Bridge & Island Fish Co.

Every year, the Overseas Heritage Trail program increases the bikability of Monroe County. The extended bike trail covers about 70 percent of the Keys and every year, grows by just a bit. One of the prettiest and safest parts of the trail goes from the Channel 5 Bridge at MM 71 to the Island Fish […]

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 […]

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