New shop in Marathon aims to introduce the beneficial side of CBD

Marathon has a new offering for residents who prefer the “natural” side of modern medicine. Meet Roger Haines, owner of Serenity CBD and E-liquids. A self-described “businessman...

Marathon City Council to discuss splash pad possibilities

Marathon City Councilman Mark Senmartin told the Weekly he has added an item about a city splash park to the agenda of the Tuesday, Aug. 12 meeting...

Exit interview with Jimmy Schmidt, Marathon’s park guy

For 16 years, the City of Marathon has had Jimmy Schmidt as director of Parks and Recreation. In fact, he was the city’s first park employee. He’s...

Turtles, wildlife brought Bette Zirkelbach to the Keys

Marathon High School may have its own cheerleading squad, but just down the road there’s a self-described “cheerleader for turtles.” Meet Bette Zirkelbach, manager of The Turtle...

THE NEW LIBRARIAN Lorena Diaz takes the reins of Marathon’s public library

Talk about the perfect person at the perfect time: Marathon’s new librarian, Lorena Diaz, has stepped up to fill the role at the same time the city’s...

Marathon Council holds the line on taxes

The City of Marathon has set its preliminary millage rate at 2.59 mills for 2020. That rate can be lowered at future meetings, but cannot go higher....

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

On Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis arrived in Marathon to make two important announcements: $21 million in debris removal reimbursement for Monroe County, and a new $35 million...

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 condition of the...

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 elevation for new...

There are residents who DON’T want more affordable housing

In November 2018, Cecelia Mattino of Marathon challenged the City of Marathon’s decision to accept its share of former Gov. Rick Scott’s award of 1,300 additional affordable...