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Sara Matthis

Sara Matthis
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Sara Matthis thinks community journalism is important, but not serious; likes weird and wonderful children (she has two); and occasionally tortures herself with sprint-distance triathlons, but only if she has a good chance of beating her sister.

Tokin’ tickets: Marathon tweaks ordinance for civil fines for possession

Although law enforcement officers in Monroe County and Keys municipalities have the ability to issue civil fines, or tickets, for citizens in possession of...

Gov. DeSantis arrives in Marathon with promises of $56 million in...

On Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis arrived in Marathon to make two important announcements: $21 million in debris removal reimbursement for Monroe County, and a...

The future of insuring my ground level home looks grim

The house is almost paid off and it’s decision time. I’m wondering if I should get rid of flood insurance altogether and self-insure, or...

Commercial fishermen can apply for Irma assistance

Twenty-one months after Hurricane Irma, the funds are in place to begin restoring the losses of commercial fishermen in the Keys. The Florida Wildlife...

15 more affordable units approved – Council ‘sets’ rents, too

For the first time, the Marathon City Council weighed in with a condition for proposed affordable housing units in the city limits. As a...

Middle Keys dad Jerry Dieguez is raising a raft of Keys...

Jerry Dieguez is gonna need a bigger boat. With six kids, one grandchild, and plenty of room left to grow, Dieguez is definitely one...

More slow money: State’s DEO talks about phase 2 of Rebuild...

A roll-out of new post-hurricane business recovery programs can best be named Rebuild Florida, phase 2. On June 3, Monroe County brought together stakeholders...

Ay, papi … food truck fills locals with delicious Cuban food

The coconut telegraph banged out the news about Marathon’s newest eatery, The Papi Steak, with incredible efficiency. Just days after the opening on May...

New travel rules make it harder to get to Cuba

On June 4, the Trump administration announced new travel restrictions to Cuba, essentially a follow-through on promises President Trump made two years ago. The new...

Marathon to adopt 3 feet of ‘freeboard’

Layton’s doing it. So is Monroe County. Now Marathon has signed on. They have decided to require 3 feet of “freeboard” above base flood...