IN PICTURES: MOTHER’S DAY DOLPHIN TOURNEY RAISES $65K FOR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

The annual tournament drew more than 150 anglers on 40 boats searching for an offshore battle. CONTRIBUTED.

Tight lines and good times were had by all on May 7 at the 16th annual Mother’s Day Dolphin Tournament presented by Keys All Area Roofing. Forty boats carrying 156 anglers headed offshore in the hopes of tipping the scales at the evening weigh-in at Curly’s Coffee and Marina before enjoying an awards banquet at Key Colony Inn. The tournament netted an impressive $65,000 for Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys, which will be used for the organization’s new affordable homes development in Marathon. Named “Bell Haven,” the project will build 9 new affordable homes in 2023 which will be purchased by working families in Marathon with a 0% interest loan.

THE WINNERS’ CIRCLE

Lady Anglers

1st: Janet Dwyer, 33.6 lbs 
2nd: Kelly McMahon, 19.8 lbs
3rd: Marisela Baraniewicz, 16.4 lbs

Junior Anglers

1st: Ethan Wohlers, 10.0 lbs 

Weekend Warriors

1st: Joe Ptashinski, 38.6 lbs 
2nd: Nathan Bartlett, 25.2 lbs
3rd: Erika Goodman, 23.2 lbs

Pros

1st: Eddie Markiewicz, 21.0 lbs 
2nd: Dawn Norakas, 20.6 lbs 
3rd: Johnathan Sanchez, 18.2 lbs

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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.