WORTH THE WAIT: SCENES FROM SANTA’S VISIT TO COLDWELL BANKER SCHMITT IN MARATHON

Bertha Garcia, second from left, and Sialia Alonso take their turn with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Those arriving on time for Santa and Mrs. Claus’ visit to Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate Co. on Dec. 1 found a line already winding through the entire parking lot. In one of the company’s busiest annual events ever, more than 500 children and families made their way up the brokerage’s front steps for a photo op with the First Family of the North Pole and free goodie bags.

Photos by ALEX RICKERT/Keys Weekly

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.