In an effort to provide greater familiarity and communication between the Key Colony Beach City Commission candidates and our readers, the Marathon Weekly sent each of them a series of questions concerning their backgrounds and stances on pressing city issues. The Weekly will continue to print each candidate’s responses in a Q&A series leading up to the Nov. 8 election. Have a question you’d like to see answered by the candidates? Send it to [email protected] for potential inclusion throughout the series.

Answers are printed exactly as submitted by candidates, with responses limited to 100 words.


My relevant experience and community involvement includes serving four years as the Monroe County District II Planning Commissioner (I helped write our County’s current Land Development Code and Comprehensive Plan), six years on the Keys Energy Advisory Board, ten years as a volunteer at our Fl. Keys SPCA.

I brought to the Key Colony Beach City Commission my hands-on working knowledge of planning and of constructing legislation, and a vast network of great personal and working relationships. 

And, in communicating with you, my recent “Commissioner Proposal to place the city commission agenda backup materials online prior to commission meetings” passed.


During my career, I worked in the nuclear power industry as a senior project manager responsible for complex multi-million-dollar projects.   I also served as the Emergency Response Operations Manager and as Technical Support Maintenance Manager.  This experience and expertise will provide a much-needed asset to the commission.  My focus will be transparency, communication, public engagement, fiscal responsibility, emergency response preparation, and completion of the KCB City Hall.


My experience as Mayor during hurricane Irma with our very successful recovery, and the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic have helped me learn the leadership skills that will guide me through the challenges ahead for KCB.  Keeping our citizens safe and our government operating efficiently have been my priorities throughout my years on the Commission.

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.