Marathon Planning Commission OKs lot along U.S. 1 for heavy-equipment storage

waxford@keynoter.comAugust 20, 2014 

This is the storage yard at U.S. 1 and 41st Street in Marathon.

WILLIAM AXFORD

The Marathon Planning Commission on Monday approved a permit for Christian's Landscaping Service for a supply yard at 41st Street and U.S. 1, adjacent to Jesse Hobbs Park.

Owner Christian Mercado told the advisory board that gravel, dump trucks and other heavy equipment will be stored at the lot, which was recently raised with fill and had a small wall built around it.

"We do a lot of landscaping and need to have material here," Mercado said. "I keep all my equipment here."

Mercado had wanted the yard to be open from 8 a.m. to sunset. The board, meeting at the firehouse at Florida Keys Marathon Airport, decided to allow him to be open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The issue doesn't need City Council approval.

Mercado is required to plant 14 canopy trees, seven understory trees and 55 shrubs to serve as a 343-foot buffer.

Also Monday, the commission approved a noise-control plan for Discount Rock and Sand at its Aviation Boulevard transfer station and recycle site. It requires owner Eddie Lopez to build a barn-like structure inside of which work will be done. Twenty-foot trees will be planted around the barn.

Earlier this year, residents of Stirrup Key, near the transfer site, fought its opening, citing noise and dirt coming from it. After several hearings, they lost their battle.

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