Marathon Council candidates gather for informal meet-and-greet with voters - A man holding a microphone - Matthieu Chedid

Social Distancing and Good Samaritans

We are living in what the old Chinese blessing/curse described as “interesting times.” Not many of us (outside of epidemiologists and virologists) could have predicted what we’re...
Marathon Council candidates gather for informal meet-and-greet with voters - A man holding a microphone - Matthieu Chedid

Surviving the Coronavirus Pandemic

“The only thing we have to fear is... fear itself.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933. There are a lot of things unknown about the coronavirus pandemic we face,...
John Bartus

Helping Locals at the Seafood Festival

Marathon’s biggest event of the year is upon us: The Original Marathon Seafood Festival! This celebration of our commercial fishing heritage is incredibly popular because of the...
John Bartus

Things may have changed, but it’s still home

This month marks the 36th anniversary of my first performance in the Keys. The year was 1984, the venue was the old Compass Lounge at the (old)...
John Bartus

Irma keeps on giving…

Among the typical conspiracy theories and partisan bickering, there have been some serious complaints about issues in Marathon on social media. People wonder why there are still...
John Bartus

Welcome to the Roaring Twenties!

I conjured up the New Year Prediction column I wrote for this very paper 10 years ago to see how accurate my predictions were … and the...
John Bartus

New Year Predictions – Welcome to the Roaring Twenties!

I conjured up the New Year Prediction column I wrote for this very paper 10 years ago to see how accurate my predictions were … and the...
John Bartus

Holiday Music – Tunes for the Christmas Spirit…

I love the holidays. Not only does the advent of Advent signal the end of hurricane season (YES!!!), it also means that radio stations and businesses are...
John Bartus

Goodbye, Ponytail – The hair ain’t what it used to be…

Deep down, I think I knew this day would one day come. E-Street Band sax man Clarence Clemons wrote in his book, Big Man: Real Life & Tall...
John Bartus

City of Marathon Turns – Celebrating two decades of local home rule

It was November 1997. People throughout the Keys watched as residents of Islamorada voted to form their own municipal government … and the Village of Islamorada became...