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...
John Bartus

Two sides to every story

There is an African proverb that says, “Until the lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter.” It doesn’t matter whether the lion or...
John Bartus

A Labor Day to Remember

The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 hit the Florida Keys as one of the strongest hurricanes on record. That storm basically destroyed much of Islamorada and the...
John Bartus

Independence Day and Project Apollo – Remembering Apollo 11 50 years on…

My family had left the Space Coast just before Apollo 11; my father was a launch team leader and engineer on the Apollo/Saturn IB program. He saw...
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MCT hosts ‘Tah Dance’ this weekend only!

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” ― Martha Graham And Joanne Zimmerman is one busy individual. Fresh from a major role in the ensemble cast of “Making God Laugh”...
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Summer Vacations – Memories of family travels…

Now that we have passed Memorial Day, now that school is out and the warm months are truly upon us, it is time to consider that greatest...
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Keys delegation travels to Capitol Hill

It’s rare to see Florida Keys people, even elected officials, dressed up in suits and ties. But it’s not every day that a delegation of Florida Keys...
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H-word Season – Things we fear; things that comfort…

The 2019 hurricane season approaches, and with it comes the fear and dread of what just one of these named monsters can do. Many already noted the...
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Winter is Here?

I am one of those few individuals who has never seen an episode of the HBO series “Game of Thrones.” Not one. Ever. The closest I got to...
John Bartus

March is for Marathon

As we move through the new month of April, let’s reflect back on the really intense and exciting month that was March in Marathon. The community came...