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Observation deck is expanding park boardwalk in Marathon

The under-construction observation deck at Oceanfront Park behind Marathon City Hall, 9805 Overseas Highway oceanside, is expected to be finished in the upcoming weeks. It's handicapped-accessible.
The under-construction observation deck at Oceanfront Park behind Marathon City Hall, 9805 Overseas Highway oceanside, is expected to be finished in the upcoming weeks. It's handicapped-accessible.

Visitors to Marathon's the Oceanfront Park will get a view through the mangroves in the next few weeks when a new observation deck is complete.

Marathon planning director and Deputy City Manager George Garrett said the deck, about 225 feet long, will extend the park's boardwalk to about 600 feet. The park is behind City Hall at 98th Street and U.S. 1 oceanside.

"This was something that was done as an additional phase three, the final phase of what we've been doing with the park," he said.

The deck will connect a kayak launch to tiki huts, wrapping around mangroves at the park.

It was not an official dog park then -- the city's only official one was at U.S. 1 and 75th Street oceanside -- but some residents created another de facto dog park behind City Hall. It's now part of the city-recognized recreation area.

In June 2014, the City Council voted to scrap plans to incorporate a dog park between 98th and 99th streets. Dog owners at the time told the City Council they prefer to let their animals run free rather than have a fenced-in area for the dogs; the 75th Street dog park is fenced in.

A dog park was eventually implemented into Oceanfront Park, with a fence added.

"After all the controversy of if we should have one or not, people that have been going out there with their dogs love it," Garrett said. "The people using the trail have no complaints about it."

Garrett estimates the observation deck is about three quarters of the way finished. At its tallest, it's about six feet high. It's being built by Big Pine Keys-based Coffin Marine Services Inc.

Other features of the 7.94-acre park include fishing spots and a walking trail with exercise stations and open fields.

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