Mandy Miles

Mandy Miles drops stuff, breaks things and falls down more than any adult should. An award-winning writer, reporter and columnist, she's been stringing words together in Key West since 1998. "Local news is crucial," she says. "It informs and connects a community. It prompts conversation. It gets people involved, holds people accountable. The Keys Weekly takes its responsibility seriously. Our owners are raising families in Key West & Marathon. Our writers live in the communities we cover - Key West, Marathon & the Upper Keys. We respect our readers. We question our leaders. We believe in the Florida Keys community. And we like to have a good time." Mandy's married to a saintly — and handy — fishing captain, and can't imagine living anywhere else.

AMATEUR DRAG PAGEANT RAISES MORE THAN $25K FOR KEY WEST WOMEN’S SHELTER

Chalk the evening of May 10 up as yet another of those “only in Key West” experiences. The Key West Weekly’s own Britt Myers emceed — and donned a dress — for  the inaugural Miss Island Queen amateur drag extravaganza. The event was organized and produced by his better half,...

STOCK ISLAND TRAILER PARK TO BE DEMOLISHED & REDEVELOPED

Approximately 108 trailer owners at Roy's Trailer Park on Stock Island received notice Monday that the property at 6500 Maloney Ave. is being redeveloped into 240 workforce housing apartments, and they will need to relocate by December or January. Brand new units have been reserved for Roy's trailer owners at...

COUNTY OFFICIALS TO CONSIDER PROPERTY SWAPS & WELCOME COMMISSIONER JIM SCHOLL

Monroe County and the city of Key West soon could be trading some spaces. When county commissioners meet on Wednesday, May 18 in Key West, they’ll discuss a potential swap of the county-owned Higgs Beach for part of the city-owned HAWK Missile site off Government Road.  “It doesn’t make much sense...

BAHIA HONDA BEACH REOPENS AFTER IRMA & CAMPSITES COMING SOON

A large section of beach, as well as the tent camping sites, at the popular Bahia Honda State Park near Big Pine Key have been closed since Hurricane Irma in September 2017. But Park Manager Mark Duncan called the Keys Weekly last week to let us know the Sandspur Beach...

7 OF 23 HISTORIC FISHING BRIDGES CLOSED FOR SAFETY

The partial collapse a month ago of the historic Shark Channel fishing bridge at MM 11 prompted officials to permanently close the bridge, along with six other relics of Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railway that line U.S. 1. “Currently, seven bridges along the Overseas Heritage Trail are closed for safety purposes....

CAPT. BETH REGOLI TAKES COMMAND OF NAVAL AIR STATION KEY WEST

A new captain took the helm Thursday at Naval Air Station Key West. Capt. Beth Regoli relieved Capt. Mark Sohaney as commander of the naval air station that includes hundreds of acres and thousands of personnel from Boca Chica to Key West.  Regoli is the second woman to command NASKW,...

COLLEGE OF THE FLORIDA KEYS HOLDS 64TH COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

The College of the Florida Keys held its 64th commencement exercises for the spring class of 2022 on May 6 at the Tennessee Williams Theatre on the Key West campus.  The college expects to award a combined total of 130 credentials, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificates, to the...

CHARLIE CRIST CAMPAIGNS FOR GOVERNOR IN KEY WEST

Charlie Crist ordered a Miller Lite and rolled up his sleeves at a Key West bar, enlisting local voters in his effort to “get rid of the clown we have now” in the governor’s office.  “I’m here to get rid of him for you,” Crist told a group of Florida...

MOTHER’S DAY ISN’T FOR EVERYONE

Millions of moms spent Mother’s Day immersed in lopsided hearts drawn on homemade cards and breakfast in bed. But others spent the day avoiding social media for its onslaught of sentimentality, as well as every pink-hued, retail reminder of mothers lost and the ache of their absence. Women unable...

BREAKING NEWS: WHAT KILLED 51′ SPERM WHALE IN THE FLORIDA KEYS?

A 51-foot sperm whale was the last thing one expected to see on the morning of May 11, laid out in the gravel parking lot of Robbie’s Marina on Stock Island. There it was. A striking but sad sight, with a mouth of biblical proportions. The male sperm whale was found...

VIKTOR SLAVOV BECOMES PRESIDENT OF LITERACY VOLUNTEERS

Talk about a success story. For the first time ever, a former student of Literacy Volunteers of America in Monroe County has become the local organization’s board president. Viktor Slavov, who used LVA’s tutoring services to become proficient in English, recently acquired the presidential gavel from longtime president and LVA...

DESANTIS APPROVES $4.3M TO REBUILD HOMELESS SHELTER

The Keys Overnight Temporary Shelter for homeless people may have to be renamed once it’s rebuilt with $4.3M in federal funds approved for that use this week by Gov. Ron DeSantis. When KOTS first opened in 2004 and until the start of the COVID pandemic in 2020, the shelter was...