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HEARTS HEAVY FOLLOWING COMMUNITY ICON’S PASSING

A community grieved on the morning of Sept. 6, as news spread of Mike Forster’s passing following a battle with COVID-19. On Facebook, a flood of posts brought words of sadness over the loss of someone who embodied what it meant to be an active member within the community. Many also relayed thoughts of praise and thanks for Forster, 61, who constantly paid it forward and gave back. Forster was more than a passionate public official and a restaurant owner who boasted awards for some of the best breakfasts around. He supported students and first responders. He loved his pets and enjoyed a day...

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GOOD TIMES! MARATHON HS FOOTBALL TEAM CELEBRATE FIRST WIN

By Clare Merryman The Marathon High School Varsity Fins got their first win of the season, against Pompano Beach, on Sept 3 by a score of 10-9.  Patrick Crews had a 4th quarter 29-yard field goal that put the team ahead for good.  “Overall, our team played extremely tough and gritty. We battled until the very end and came away with a huge victory,” said head coach Mac Childress. The post GOOD TIMES! MARATHON HS FOOTBALL TEAM CELEBRATE FIRST WIN appeared first on Florida Keys Weekly Newspapers. Florida Keys Weekly

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KEY WEST CONDO GETS REPRIEVE — FOR NOW

A Key West condominium building received a temporary reprieve Monday morning. Raj Ramsingh, the city’s chief building official, did not condemn Santa Clara Condominiums, 3312 Northside Dr., during a 10 a.m. hearing at city hall. “I will not condemn the building, but this is still not off the table,” Ramsingh told the condo association board, unit owners and some of their tenants who were present. “I don’t want these necessary repairs to fall by the wayside as has occurred in the past,” Ramsingh said after hearing testimony from two engineers and condo association board president Oliver Kofoid. Key...

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MOVING MARATHON AMERICAN LEGION CEREMONY HONORS VETS AND THE RECENTLY FALLEN

n Sept. 5, Marathon’s American Legion Post 154 honored all veterans and those killed in action in a ceremony that included a rifle salute, the playing of taps by a bugler and speeches by Monroe County Mayor Michelle Coldiron, Marathon Mayor Luis Gonzalez, veteran John Dick, veteran Jonathan Crane, Veteran Affairs director and veteran Cathy Crane, retired Army Colonel Abe Conn and a prayer led by Chaplain J.R. Jones. Attendees listened while holding American flags and gazing at a table that was set for a meal for 13. The place settings symbolized the service members recently killed in action...

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MARATHON FIRST RESPONDERS SPEAK OF PASSION FOR PROTECTING COMMUNITY

They’re the first ones on the scene of an accident on U.S. 1. They’re the first ones to arrive when things go wrong.  On water and land, the Florida Keys’ first responders are at the top of their game when called upon to assist members of the public in a time of need.  The job of a first responder can bring long hours and periods in the intense heat. They deal with people who are stressed or at their worst moment. A first responder’s job also carries the unknown over what kind of call will come in and when.  This Saturday, Sept. 11, marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist...

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DR. KARISA FALDEN – THE NEWEST FACE AT BAPTIST HEALTH MEDICAL GROUP IN MARATHON

The newest face at Baptist Health Medical Group in Marathon is Dr. Karisa Falden, a family medicine practitioner. This is her first job, post-residency.  “I love being outside,” said Falden of her move to the Florida Keys, adding that it’s a huge change from Chicago where she spent the last eight years. The Florida native — she graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and did her undergraduate studies at Florida International University — said the novelty of a northern winter wore off by year two.  Why family medicine? “I love … everything,” Falden said. “I had an interest...

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INAUGURAL MARINE DEBRIS CLEANUP COMPETITION SET

Collect debris on land or sea and vie for more than $5,000 in cash prizes. An inaugural marine debris tournament in Islamorada is seeking teams eager to fill as many garbage bags as possible. Set for Sept. 18, also known as International Coastal Cleanup Day, participants can compete in one of three divisions. A land division will see teams grabbing garbage from the shoreline up to 100 feet inland. An on-the-water division will have participants scooping debris from the shoreline out to the water, while another division will have competitors collecting debris underwater.  Teams in each...

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CANAL RESTORATION COSTS LIKELY TO EXCEED $300 MILLION

A long-term plan to improve water quality and reduce sediment buildup in 63 village canals could cost well over $300 million.  That’s according to a recent report that ranks each canal based on restoration needs and identifies technologies recommended to improve water quality.  Backfill and culvert work for a little more than 10 canals within the Port Antigua community on Lower Matecumbe Key, has an estimated cost of $41 million. Identified in the report as canal 150, it’s the project with the highest price tag and No. 23 on the rankings list.  In the report prepared by Wood...

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LABOR DAY SERVICE GOES VIRTUAL

The Matecumbe Historical Trust will hold its annual Labor Day service in memory of the civilians and war veterans who lost their lives in the Hurricane of Sept. 2, 1935. The service will be recorded and shared virtually due to the new outbreak of COVID-19 in the area.  To view the service, visit Matecumbe Historical Trust Facebook, Tony Hammon on Facebook or on islandcommunitychurch.org on the morning of Sept. 6. The service will include a presentation by Hammon, pastor emeritus.  Guest speakers will include Islamorada Councilman Henry Rosenthal, Bob Johnson of the American Legion...

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IN PICTURES: KEY WEST CONCHS BATTLE MONSIGNOR PACE IN PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL GAME

The Key West High School Conchs faced a tough competitor for a pre-season game on Aug. 20 against Miami’s Monsignor Pace High School. The visiting team defeated the Conchs 53-24 in the newly renovated Backyard of Key West High School. The Conchs will play all home games this season and next at the Backyard while the new, $15 million Tommy Roberts Memorial Stadium is under construction. The post IN PICTURES: KEY WEST CONCHS BATTLE MONSIGNOR PACE IN PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL GAME appeared first on Florida Keys Weekly Newspapers. Florida Keys Weekly

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