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MARATHON’S RACHEL BOWMAN IS STILL THE QUEEN OF THE LION(FISH)

Marathon’s own lionfish hunting savant Rachel Bowman took her talents to Destin, Florida on May 14 and 15 for the Emerald Coast Open Lionfish Tournament, a yearly contest aimed at removing the invasive, destructive and delicious Indo-Pacific fish. Leaving her longtime crew of Team Florida Man, Bowman competed with Team Lionfish University under the sponsorship of the nonprofit of the same name as well as Keys Fisheries. Packing in 81 dives as a team over the course of the tournament, the squad brought 1,274 lionfish back to shore, good enough for a second place overall finish. The team’s 16.85-inch lionfish was the third largest harvested, while a minuscule 2.91-inch fish took sixth place in the smallest lionfish contest. The contest as a whole removed a whopping 13,835 invasive lionfish during tournament and pre-tournament dives. Pictured, clockwise from top left: Kara Wall, team captain Kyle Howard, Casey Brann, Dr. Holden Harris, Bowman. CONTRIBUTED.
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TAKE ME HOME: ADORABLE FACES ARE WAITING AT THE FKSPCA

Dating in the Keys can be a drag, but thankfully there are plenty of animals waiting for their perfect adoption “match” at the Florida Keys SPCA. Keys Weekly is thrilled each week to showcase some “furever” friends that are ready, waiting and available for adoption at the organization’s Marathon campus – complete with their best qualities, preferences and turn-offs to ensure the best fit.
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MARATHON & STATE SIGN NEW PERMITS AGREEMENT

The city of Marathon and the state of Florida have approved and signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that became effective on May 11. It delineates the information the city is required to provide the state Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) to validate planning approvals and building permits issued in Marathon.
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A sparkling gem – Cheeca resort the crown jewel of Islamorada

Several years ago, while visiting my parents in the Sunshine state I took a few days to explore Islamorada, one of the lesser-known Florida Keys. It is a place I now go back to often. Islamorada, consisting of six islands, is located approximately halfway between Miami and Key West, and is one of those sparkling gems awaiting for you to come and discover what many call the Sportfishing Capital of the World, with her beautiful coastal waters, myriad watersports, elegant or casual lodging options, and the freshest bounty from the sea. Not to mention, enough Key lime dessert offerings to host an annual “best of” competition between the many, “best-Key-lime-pie-in-the-world,” restaurants.
ISLAMORADA, FL
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BABY FORMULA SHORTAGE CAUSES STRESS FOR KEYS FAMILIES

Tomoe Ventura’s year-old grandson Kairo has a milk protein allergy. Recently, the frustrated Marathon grandmother found herself scrambling to find baby formula. “We didn’t have it in Marathon and I called CVS in Big Pine and they didn’t have it and they told me they did not have anything hypoallergenic,” said Ventura. She finally found it at the Winn Dixie in Big Pine. “I was prepared to drive to Florida City yesterday.”
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MARATHON ROTARY PARK REBUILD SEEKS VOLUNTEER TEAMS

The old park is closed, the designs are in and the dates are set. It’s time to rebuild Rotary Park. The build is set for Monday, June 20 through Sunday, June 26. Working with Marathon’s foremost design experts in the classrooms of Stanley Switlik Elementary School in 2021, playground experts Play by Design are prepared to lead volunteer teams through a rebuild that mirrors the park’s original creation in 2002.
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BIZ FEATURE: ITALIAN FOOD COMPANY BRINGS A TASTE OF ITALY TO KEY LARGO & ISLAMORADA

Italian Food Company owners Tony and Isis Wright never dreamed of opening a restaurant. With a love for Italy and good food came an opportunity the two couldn’t pass up. Now, patrons stopping by the bar-trattoria style restaurant are indulging in authentic southern Italian cuisine, with freshly-made Neapolitan (Naples-style) pizza, delicious boccas that overflow with toppings, a selection of homemade desserts and more.
ISLAMORADA, FL
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PILOT PROGRAM EXPIRED: WHAT’S NEXT FOR FOOD TRUCKS IN ISLAMORADA?

An increase in food trucks is creating a buzz within the Islamorada dining scene. A two-year village pilot program that regulated food trucks beginning in March 2020 expired a few months ago. With six food trucks now operating in Islamorada, village planning officials are taking on the task of developing...
ISLAMORADA, FL

KEYS100 Ultramarathon on U.S. 1 Saturday

The annual KEYS100 Ultramarathon from Key Largo, at Mile Marker 99, to Key West is Saturday, May 21. The start time is approximately 5:15 a.m. and the race runs approximately all day, Saturday night and into Sunday morning. Runners will be crossing U.S. 1 at several points: • Atlantic Boulevard in Key Largo; ...
KEY WEST, FL

Hawkins, Dolphins bring anticipation to next year after strong showing

The spring game should bring eternal hope for the Marathon High football team, as rising senior Malachi Hawkins rushed for 230 yards and three touchdowns during a 30-6 victory against Palm Glades Academy on Wednesday, May 18, on the Middle Keys campus. “It’s a lot of good signs that we are definitely on the right track,” said Marathon coach Mac Childress. “I think our boys are starting to see the results from the weight room and the hard work in the offseason starting to pay...
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TAKE ME HOME: ADORABLE FACES ARE WAITING AT THE FKSPCA

Dating in the Keys can be a drag, but thankfully there are plenty of animals waiting for their perfect adoption “match” at the Florida Keys SPCA. Keys Weekly is thrilled each week to showcase some “furever” friends that are ready, waiting and available for adoption at the organization’s Marathon campus – complete with their best qualities, preferences and turn-offs to ensure the best fit.
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