The next meeting of the Marathon City Council is slated for Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Marathon City Hall, located at 9805 Overseas Hwy. All interested persons are invited to attend. Among many items on the agenda, council members will discuss:

  • Final public hearing and adoption of an ordinance to amend the city’s charter and change the typical term of office for city council members to four years. Proposed by councilman Dr. Dan Zieg at the November city council meeting, the longer terms could allow Marathon’s elections to re-synchronize with larger statewide and national elections, as well as reducing the pressures of active campaigns on seated council members’ votes. As an off-year election, the 2021 city council race saw less than 30% voter turnout in Marathon with a $35,000 known expense to the city, while the previous national election saw more than 60% turnout. After approval by the city council, the change would go out to voters for approval in a referendum during the August primary election in order to take effect following the November general election.
  • Final public hearing and adoption of an ordinance restricting Marathon’s building certification and recertification process to include only multi-story structures.
  • Authorizing the city’s purchase of a piece of property on Boot Key to be used as conservation property.
  • A resolution to restrict parking on, and remove all trailers from, the golf course side of Sombrero Boulevard.

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Hailing from Rhode Island, the Ocean State, Alex has always spent as much of his life as possible in and around the water. A dolphin trainer by profession, he still spends most of his free time diving, spearfishing, and JetSkiing. Once it gets too dark for those things, he can usually be found at the Marathon Community Theater, where he spends most nights still trying to figure out what the heck he is doing.