It may have taken hours to pack and hide the 4,000 eggs hidden around Rotary Park for the Marathon Rotary Club’s annual Easter egg hunt on April 17. But for the dozens of children in attendance, it took mere minutes to clear every nook and cranny.

With the Easter Bunny on hand to help hide eggs, greet children and pose for pictures, the hunt served as a happy farewell to the old Rotary Park, closed the next day for demolition and an eventual complete rebuild.

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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.