HOST OF NEW CATEGORIES & WINNERS HIGHLIGHT 2022 BEST OF MARATHON

Best Specialty Contractor: Paver Dave Paver Dave secures the win with the inaugural Best Specialty Contractor award. Pictured are Tudi Carlson, left, Mark Keller, Dave Keller, John Keller and John Keller Jr.

You asked, we listened. If we’ve learned anything over the past few years, it’s that Marathon residents are extremely passionate about what should – or shouldn’t – constitute a separate category for our city’s annual awards. While the 2021 Best of Marathon awards were distinguished by a staggering number of first-time winners – 28, to be exact – the 2022 iteration of the ceremony saw 11 new categories added at the suggestion of our staff and readers. There’s nothing like winning your first BOM award, or being the first to christen a new category, so without further ado, here are your “new kids on the block.”

NEW CATEGORIES

FIRST-TIME WINNERS

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Alex Rickert made the perfectly natural career progression from dolphin trainer to newspaper editor in 2021 after freelancing for Keys Weekly while working full time at Dolphin Research Center. A resident of Marathon since 2015, he fell in love with the Florida Keys community by helping multiple organizations and friends rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Irma. An avid runner, actor, and spearfisherman, he spends as much of his time outside of work on or under the sea having civil disagreements with sharks.