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Category: Middle Keys News

NEW SOFTWARE WOES PLAGUE MARATHON’S BUILDING

On May 11, there was a surprise on the Marathon City Council agenda. All of the department reports — such as the building and wastewater — were marked with an asterisk, which indicates consent, or no discussion. This is an abrupt turnaround from the council’s most recent decision to hear from every department, every month. (Prior to that, departments only prepared reports every other month on a rotating basis.) When the Building Department’s Noe Martinez was called to the podium, he opened with the standard statement about the report and then started speaking spontaneously about the city’s new...

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NEW FISHERMEN’S HOSPITAL HAS ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES

Naturally, the brand-new hospital is equipped with brand new equipment. In fact, many of the machines still have the cling of blue film to keep them from being scratched when the Weekly toured the hospital on May 10.  .ugb-0c15cf4 hr.ugb-divider__hr{margin-left:auto !important;margin-right:auto !important} The 3D mammography machine will be operating as soon as the hospital opens the doors. CONTRIBUTED 3D MammographyThe Hologic 3D Mammography technology is more accurate than conventional 2D mammograms, detecting 20%-65% more invasive breast cancers.  X-raysThe YSIO X.pree, is a ceiling-mounted...

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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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HAWKS CAY RESORT ATTRACTS NATIONAL MUSIC ACTS

In late February, Lee Brice, one of country music’s most transcendent stars, performed live at Hawks Cay Resort’s “Keys To Country Live Music Series.” Just over 200 fans sat in lawn chairs under a picturesque island sky, as moonlight bounced across the glassy waters of Tom’s Harbor on Duck Key.  But for Hawks Cay, and much of the Middle Keys, hearing one of the biggest stars in the nation was more than just a memorable evening. It was proof that Marathon and the Middle Keys can, and do, showcase world-class music in the Florida Keys. Brice’s performance was the second installment of “Keys To...

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BOAT ON BRIDGE SAFELY REMOVED

On the morning of April 12, a sailboat struck the 7 Mile Bridge and a Keys Energy Service tieline about a half-mile from the north end. The fault triggered a system-wide power outage for all 30,000 KEYS customers in the Lower Keys and Key West.  “My officer is still investigating, but it seems several boats in Boot Key Harbor broke loose and dragged anchor. It’s possible that’s what happened here,” said Fish and Wildlife Capt. David Dipre.  Officers from the U.S. Coast Guard and Fish and Wildlife Commission were able to launch a rescue mission immediately, requesting that the utility not be...

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FORMER CHAMBER EXECUTIVE SIGNS ON TO LEAD KEY COLONY BEACH AS MANAGER

From a final field of three, Dave Turner was offered the position to become Key Colony Beach’s new city manager.  “After nearly three years as executive director of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, I wanted to return to a government setting to better serve the community,” Turner told the Keys Weekly. “With my previous 30 years as a public servant in a government setting, I will hit the ground running.” He said the Middle Keys municipality has several exciting projects on the horizon, including “a large construction project that is about to come online.” “With my background in construction...

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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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