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.

STORM UPDATE: TROPICAL STORM IAN IS TRENDING WEST OF FLORIDA KEYS; SCHOOL CLOSURES STILL UNDECIDED

The Florida Keys’ Saturday morning official storm briefing for Tropical Storm Ian contained good news from warning forecast meteorologist Jon Rizzo of the National Weather Service. “We like what we see in terms of trends and guidance. We’re seeing a slight shift west,” Rizzo said. “While we can’t yet declare...

BREAKING NEWS: CASE DISMISSED FOR KIM HIGHSMITH & STEPSON

No charges will be filed against Key West city commission candidate Kim Highsmith or her stepson, Thomas, both of whom were arrested Tuesday, Sept. 20 on misdemeanor battery charges following a family argument. The State Attorney’s Office filed a notice of “No Action” on behalf of both parties on Friday,...

CONCH BASEBALL COACH FINDS THE SWEET SPOT

Conch baseball coach Ralph Henriquez knows all about the sweet spot — on a baseball bat.  He and his wife DeeDee Henriquez, who was our elected county tax collector for 20 years, were less familiar with a certain sweet spot on Duval Street — Kilwins, purveyor of fine chocolates, premium...

KEY WEST CANDIDATE ARRESTED FOR MISDEMEANOR BATTERY

A “difficult family situation” escalated this week, when Kim Highsmith, a candidate for the Key West city commission, and her 18-year-old stepson, Thomas, both were arrested Sept. 20 on misdemeanor battery charges, and released the following day. The arrests occurred hours apart and in different locations on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Kim...

KEY WEST IS SICK OF SEAWEED

Key West’s South Beach may once again be swimmable, without piles of seaweed, or sargassum, and the accompanying stench of its decay that poses a health hazard and hurts the adjacent resort and restaurant. City officials on Sept. 20 approved the installation of a seaweed barrier designed to prevent the...

SPORTS WRAP: CONCH FOOTBALL CONQUERS DADE CHRISTIAN

The Key West Conchs handily defeated the Dade Christian Crusaders at a home game on Sept. 16. The final score was 44-6, bringing the Conchs’ record to 2 wins and 2 losses. The Conchs will next face undefeated Cardinal Gibbons Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in Key West. On Friday,...

COAST GUARD CUTTER MOHAWK COMES HOME TO KEY WEST, FLORIDA

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mohawk returned on Sept. 12 to its home port of Key West after a 92-day deployment to Africa that started with an escort trip to Bahrain. Kids, spouses, siblings and friends of Mohawk crew members held signs while watching the 270-foot ship pull up to...

PUP PORTRAITS AT THE PERRY HOTEL BENEFIT SPCA

Key West’s dog days of summer will ease up in a month or so, when that first cool breeze relieves the island sometime in October.  But until then, fall was in the air — and in the pumpkin spiced lattes — on Sept. 11, when local photographer Nick Doll...

VACATION RENTAL TALK PACKS KEY WEST CITY HALL

Forcing Key West homeowners to rent their properties for at least 6 months at a time — rather than a month at a time — will do nothing to preserve long-term rentals for full-time workers in Key West. So said scores of real estate agents, vacation rental owners and...

APTS RENAMED FOR BLACK KEY WEST COMMISSIONER LANG MILIAN

On Sept. 2 the Key West Housing Authority hosted the official sign unveiling for the newly renamed Lang Milian Apartments at White and Eaton streets. The event included relatives of Milian, housing authority board members, staff and distinguished members of the community who all came to honor former Key...

IN PICTURES: DISABLED VETS DIVE AT LOOE KEY

These guys don’t shy away from adversity. In fact, they run, jump  — and swim — toward it. A group of about 10 disabled U.S. veterans had overcome unimaginable adversities on the battlefield and later at Walter Reed Military Hospital, where many became amputees. But that didn’t stop them from becoming...

KEY WEST BUSINESS GUILD PROUDLY PROMOTES LGBTQ TOURISM

The door’s always open at 808 Duval St., home of the Key West Business Guild and its Gay Key West Visitors Center, just steps from the rainbow-colored crosswalks at Duval and Petronia streets. Inside, one will typically find two of the friendliest faces in town — executive director Kevin Theriault...