The Marathon City Council will gather for its next public meeting on Tuesday, April 12 at 5:30 p.m. at Marathon City Hall. All interested persons are welcome to attend. Topics of particular interest to the community slated for discussion include:

  • Discussion and possible approval of a newly-drafted Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City of Marathon and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). The state’s revocation of the previous MOU in March due to disagreements between the state and city, over building permits awarded during an ongoing appeal process, has resulted in longer wait times for permits. Under the previous MOU, Marathon was only required to submit a small subset of significant development orders to the state, while permit approval was otherwise handled by the city. Without an MOU in place, Marathon is required to render all permits to the state for review, including projects as simple as installing pavers or a fence. As of press time, the city had submitted a draft of a new MOU to the state and expected to receive a draft in return from the DEO in time for review and approval at April’s city council meeting.
  • Discussion of the effect of donation payments on the Building Permit Allocation System (BPAS), particularly concerning the ability of working local residents to build homes.
  • The first public hearing of an ordinance to amend the zoning and FLUM from Residential Medium to Mixed Use and Mixed Use Commercial, respectively, for a parcel adjacent to U.S. 1 between 69th and 70th Street Oceanside.
  • A resolution amending the employment agreement between the City of Marathon and City Attorney Steve Williams.
  • Discussion of parking issues at Sombrero Beach, along with a resolution identifying certain areas of the Sombrero Beach Road right of way adjacent to the beach as No Parking areas.
  • Continued discussion of parking and launch fees at Marathon’s public boat ramps and Sombrero Beach.

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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.