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Category: Marathon

DIET OR REGULAR SODA? TRY WATER INSTEAD

What effect do artificial sweeteners have on our weight? Since the mid-’70s, artificial sweetener consumption in the U.S. has doubled. Since the 1990s, new products have exploded, leading to more than 6,000 products being introduced from just 1999 to 2004!  Guess what else happened? We have gone from an obesity rate of 8% in the mid-1970s to over 42% by 2017. That is not a typo: forty-two percent.  Who or what is to blame? Unfortunately, it’s not likely we can blame our ‘diet’ sugars, but they may have some effect. Artificial sweeteners include sucralose, aspartame, advantame, saccharin, neotame,...

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It was a “no,” but not a “hard no.”

On April 19, Marathon’s Planning Board voted down a hotel project proposed for Crawl Key between Marathon and Grassy Key. For the board, it was a first look at a very detailed, very upscale project called Valhalla Resort, put forward by Johnny Morris Signature Resorts. Morris is the founder of Bass Pro Shops, which also owns Cabela’s sporting stores.  Although the board voted 4-1 to deny the project (see opposite page), some of the board members were nevertheless impressed with the project. “It’s a magnificent project,” said Planning Board member Mike Leonard. “I love this project, it’s like...

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PLANS FOR NEW JOHNNY MORRIS RESORT ON CRAWL KEY UNVEILED

It was a “no,” but not a “hard no. On April 19, Marathon’s Planning Board voted down a hotel project proposed for Crawl Key between Marathon and Grassy Key. For the board, it was a first look at a very detailed, very upscale project called Valhalla Resort, put forward by Johnny Morris Signature Resorts. Morris is the founder of Bass Pro Shops, which also owns Cabela’s sporting stores.  Although the board voted 4-1 to deny the project, some of the board members were nevertheless impressed with the project. “It’s a magnificent project,” said Planning Board member Mike Leonard. “I love this project,...

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VOLUNTEERS SEEK SOLUTION FOR COUNTY’S HOMELESS CAT PROBLEM

For decades, Sharon Mahoney-Ellenwood has been working tirelessly through her nonprofit Casting for Cats to raise money with fishing tournaments and use the funds to control feral/abandoned cat populations.   Her partner has been Margie Schwartz of Whiskers & Paws Forever of Monroe County, another charity. For the past 20 years, this dynamic duo has been joining forces for one goal: stabilizing the vulnerable cat population through spaying and neutering. “This method works,” Mahoney told Keys Weekly. They have stabilized groups of cats at many locations up and down the Keys. “There used...

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RUNNING THE BRIDGE

On Saturday, April 17, runners will race between the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico over the longest bridge in our island chain. Whether you are a spectator or competitor the 40th Annual 7 Mile Bridge Run will be a mini marathon to remember! Born to Run by Christopher McDougal A hidden tribe, super athletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen … This book is about running. The physiology, history, biology, love of it, hate of it and injuries a runner endures. Award winning journalist Christopher McDougall is an avid runner endlessly experiencing outdoor adventures and battling common...

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Owen Pitchford, Katerina Nikiforova named top athlete scholars

Marathon High School seniors Owen Pitchford and Katerina Nikiforova were named to the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Dairy Farmers Academic All-State Team for the 2020/21 school year.   The FHSAA considers this its most prestigious end-of-the-year award for student athletes. Twenty-four student athletes around the state are named to the team each year.  Pitchford and Nikiforova each will receive a $1,700 scholarship and the possibility of being named the Student Athlete of the Year for Florida and receiving an additional scholarship worth $4,600.   In addition to this award,...

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MARATHON COMMUNITY — YOUNG AND OLD — REDESIGNING ROTARY PARK

Rotary Park in Marathon is turning 20 next year, just in time for a major upgrade and facelift. The city has $225,000 set aside in next year’s budget. As with the initial build, it will truly be a community effort, starting with design ideas contributed by students from Stanley Switlik Elementary.  “The experience of having local elementary school students draw out their ideas for the Play by Design consultants has proven to be a huge success,” said Shannon Wiley, the school’s art teacher.  Colton Huff’s sketch includes castle design elements and a zip line. As in 2002, the City of Marathon...

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Famous New York pizzeria serves its favorites at Marathon resort

Isla Bella Beach Resort, the oceanfront luxury hotel and spa based at the threshold of the iconic Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys, will welcome the renowned Roberta’s Pizza for a limited pop-up through April. The Roberta’s team will be taking over Il Postino’s pizza oven to serve up their own iconic pizzas such as the Bee Sting, Famous Original, Classic Margherita, and more for Isla Bella’s hotel guests and visitors to enjoy through room service and at their oceanfront dining.  The Bee Sting pizza features tomato, mozzarella, sopressata (Italian dry salami), chili and honey. CONTRIBUTED Roberta’s,...

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ALL MONROE COUNTY STUDENTS MAY GO TO SUMMER SCHOOL

Monroe County officials are mulling a special summer school session that would be open to all students as a way to regroup after a historic and challenging pandemic year. The details should be finalized by the end of April. “We’d like to give students an opportunity to re-engage in school and enjoy themselves — a range of offerings to tickle their imaginations and interests. Our kids have had a difficult time during COVID,” school superintendent Theresa Axford told Keys Weekly. “Typically, summer school is geared toward recovery and remediation,” said Amber Archer Acevedo, coordinator of community...

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THE NEED FOR SPEED: MARATHON HS STUDENT WINS SCHOLARSHIP TO FLY

On March 29, 16-year-old Molly Prince received the first check for her EAA Chapter 1241 youth flying scholarship at Marathon Airport. For the Keys Weekly photo opp, she wore mirrored aviator sunglasses while flight instructor Sol Bradman handed her a check and gave a thumbs-up, in true Top Gun style. All we needed was Maverick and Ice Man in flight suits to saunter on by, and the scene would have been perfect. But it’s perfect enough for Prince. “I feel really blessed,” Prince told Keys Weekly. “It’s really cool. Especially being one of the few women in the field.” The Experimental Aircraft...

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