Katie Atkins

Katie Atkins is a western New York native who, when not working, can probably be found on the beach with her nose in a book. Sweets are her weakness (10 fillings this year), along with pizza and her adopted senior cat, Buddy.

Thanksgiving guide – Where to volunteer, or find a turkey dinner

Throughout the island chain, charitable and religious organizations will open their doors before and on Thanksgiving, providing several opportunities to celebrate the holiday or volunteer. In Marathon, join St. Columba Episcopal Church at 451 52nd St. bayside, behind the Panda House restaurant, for its annual holiday service at noon on...

That’s amore – Under new ownership, Driftwood Pizza soaring to new levels

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore, and Marathon is in love with Driftwood Pizza, Pasta and Subs. The shop at MM 53 oceanside is under new ownership, and in the last eight months a lot has changed. Reviewers online have been raving about...

$1.6 Billion Okeechobee Reservoir Takes Huge Step Forward

Everglades restoration activists are lauding the recent 99-1 passage of legislation with provisions for a billion-dollar reservoir near Lake Okeechobee.  It pushes the $1.6 billion project closer to reality, after passing from the White House Office of Management and Budget to the U.S. Senate, where it was approved Oct. 10...

GOAL 109: The Two Year Plan to Solve Workforce Housing in the Keys

It has taken a village – or multiple people from several villages – to raise a plan for Monroe County’s workforce housing crisis. County commissioners won’t discuss it until the December meeting, but a plan has been put together called Goal 109. It’s a two-year initiative focused on speeding up...

Village Council Candidates Open Up at Forum

Islamorada residents are just as passionate about Upper Keys issues as the five candidates vying to represent them in two seats on the village council.   The Islamorada Chamber of Commerce had a chance to showcase candidate views at its Oct. 11 forum at Founders Park Community Center. Peter Bacheler, Cheryl...

Antibiotics for the reef – BOCC hears coral disease treatment update

It’s a common antibiotic for treating bronchitis and other bacterial infections in humans, and now scientists are experimenting with amoxicillin to see if it can treat stony coral tissue loss disease in the Keys. The Board of County Commissioners heard an update at Wednesday’s meeting in Marathon about the coral...

Marathon Airport Celebrates 75 Years of Aviation

The community is invited for a day full of fun at Florida Keys Marathon International Airport, Oct. 20 to celebrate 75 years of its history.  T.J. Henderson, assistant director of airports, said he expects people from around the country to attend the party, which starts at 9 a.m. and lasts...

Can you hear me now? Marathon fire chief enters show business

Throngs of camera-wielding paparazzi were supposedly crowding the entrance to Marathon City Hall Tuesday night, but not to hear about the new Middle Keys hospital tax — they were there to catch a glimpse of budding character actor and Marathon Fire Chief John Johnson. He made his long-overdue acting debut...

There Can Only Be Two: Marathon City Council Candidates Open Up at Forum

Middle Keys residents got a snapshot of what the future holds for Marathon City Council at Monday’s forum hosted by the Weekly and the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce.  Luis Gonzalez, George Neugent, John Kissick and incumbent Mark Senmartin are running for two open seats in the nonpartisan, at-large election....

County Seeks $22 Million Emergency Operations Building

It will be a long time, possibly years, before Monroe County has a new emergency operations building in Marathon, but plans are in motion.  Hurricane Irma taught county officials much about the logistics and need for emergency operations to be housed in one building, and that building will potentially go...

Village Council Takes a Step Towards Pedestrian Bridge

For a moment, it seemed like Islamorada Village Council members might scrap plans for a pedestrian bridge at Founders Park and go with a less expensive alternative. Ideas for a walkway over U.S. 1 have been discussed since 2014. Plans were approved earlier this year by the village council, with...

Home for Christmas – Marathon resident’s modular arrives

By the time Christmas rolls around, Claudia McEwen will be able to decorate her brand new 76th Street home.  With the exception of the last 12 months, she’s lived on the same lot since 1982. Like many, McEwen lost her home to Hurricane Irma and has spent months jumping through...