IN PICTURES: FARO BLANCO’S LIGHTHOUSE POWERS UP FOR THE HOLIDAYS

It just doesn’t feel like Christmastime in Marathon until the Faro Blanco lighthouse turns on its multicolored adornments. On the evening of Nov. 17, Marathon residents and visitors were able to combine the annual sign of the season with crossing a few items off their gift lists as the Business and Professional Women of Marathon’s Sip & Shop covered the lawn with local handcrafted wares. A continuous moving serenade by the Marathon High School band added the evening’s musical backdrop.

Photos by SANDRA LEE PHOTOGRAPHY/Keys Weekly

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.