Community members, county officials and local dignitaries enjoyed a day of food and celebration with the opening of Keys Federal Credit Union’s state-of-the-art Marathon branch. On July 20, visitors were offered the opportunity to receive promotional gas cards and account credits while munching on food from Irie Island Eats. Some even won a trip in the “Blizzard of Dollars” with a chance to catch as many flying dollar bills as possible. “This has been a multi-year project that we’re glad to finally see completed,” said Keys FCU CEO Maggie Sayer. “Our goal was to provide an updated branch with newer technology right in the heart of town and I think this does that. It’s a bit smaller than the old branch but very efficient and remains serviced by the same friendly faces.”

Keys FCU celebrates the grand opening of its brand new Marathon branch with a ribbon cutting and day of community celebration. MAGGIE SAYER/Contributed

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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.