Canal restoration is an important and vital step in Marathon’s continued dedication to improve the overall quality of our nearshore waters and will have a positive impact on City property values, according to City Manager Chuck Lindsey. The 89th Street canal restoration project is awarded to Mike Haack Excavating Inc. and is expected to begin on or about August 15th with a total contract time of 150 days. The actual culvert installation is expected to be completed within a four week time period. While the City and the Contractor will make every effort to maintain access to and from 89th Street, there will be times when road closures will be required. The City will provide ample notice to all property owners on 89th Street regarding the schedule of any road closures via door hangers, letters, and public notices. The City’s Canal Restoration Project is a collaboration between the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and a number of State and County stakeholders who are strongly supportive of local efforts to improve canal and adjacent nearshore water quality through the restoration of Keys’ canal systems. The City of Marathon’s canal restoration project is partially funded through a grant by FDEP. As additional funding becomes available, other water quality restoration projects will be considered.