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.

RESCUED FREEDIVER TELLS KEYS WEEKLY HARROWING STORY

“One last dive.”  That was Dylan Gartenmayer’s plan on Jan. 19, when he dove 35 feet to the ocean floor with a deep breath and a loaded speargun. He never imagined the last dive of the day could be his last one, ever. Video of Gartenmayer’s family finding him at sea, hours...

MILES TO GO: BEFORE GPS…WE WERE LOST

A machine replaced me. Hallelujah. I couldn't be happier.  I am no longer responsible for road-trip navigation, having happily outsourced the (non-paying) job to the satellite-directed voice that lives in my phone and car. (To be clear, I was entirely ill-suited and unqualified for the position.) That GPS voice reads maps,...

SUPERINTENDENT DECISION LOOMS FOR SCHOOL BOARD

The school district has 18 months to find its next superintendent. Theresa Axford's contract ends in July 2024, and school board members face a decision: National search, internal promotion or national search then internal promotion. Axford has not announced a formal retirement date, and does have the option to seek...

KEY WEST OFFICIALS ADD 2 MORE FINALISTS TO CITY MANAGER SHORTLIST

Now there are five — finalists, that is, for the Key West city manager job. The city commission on Jan. 18 added two names to the list of three finalists recommended by the appointed search committee. At the Jan. 18 city commission meeting, officials added applicants Lisa Hendrickson and Albert Childress...

TENNESSEE TITANS’ NEW GM RAN CARTHON TELLS KEYS WEEKLY, ‘KEY WEST IS HOME’

Why are so many Key West sports fans suddenly rooting for the Tennessee Titans? Because the Titans’ new general manager, Ran Carthon, is — and always will be — a Key West Conch, though not by birth, but choice.  The Titans news broke Jan. 17 and Key West fans have been...

GOOD-NEWS STORY: KEY WEST KID WINS BIKE & DONATES IT TO ANOTHER KID

Stories like these do the heart good. Local kids were asked to design a logo for this year’s Paddle for Paws, an annual kayak and paddleboard excursion off Cudjoe Key whose entry fees benefitted the Florida Keys SPCA. Michael Barrett, a 10-year-old fifth grader at Poinciana Elementary School, won first place...

LOCAL FLAG FOOTBALL FOUNDER HELPS 70 AFGHAN WOMEN GET ASYLUM; TOURNAMENT RETURNS JAN, 24-30

The International Women’s Flag Football Association unforgettably fulfilled its mission of women’s empowerment and equality last year, when its Key West founder, Diane Beruldsen, helped 70 Afghan women gain political asylum and escape Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Beruldsen had previously traveled to several different countries teaching women the game of flag football,...

IN PICTURES: SEAFOOD FESTIVAL PACKS BAYVIEW PARK

Last weekend was too chilly and breezy boat trips, poolside drinks and beach days. But the weather turned out to be perfect for the 17th annual Key West Seafood Festival, a celebration of our local saltwater bounty presented by the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association. Bayview Park was packed for...

MILES TO GO: WHAT’S IN A WORD? (AS MANY POINTS AS POSSIBLE)

“Ajou” is not a word. Well, not in English, anyway. (And the existence of an Ajou University somewhere in Korea doesn't change that fact.) Glop, however, IS a word. A legitimate word. In English. (It's "a sticky and amorphous substance, typically unpleasant. A glop of grape jelly stained the toddler's shirt.") Last...

COLLEGE OF THE FLORIDA KEYS UNVEILS NEW CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL ON KEY WEST CAMPUS

Students in the Florida Keys will have a new option when it comes to high school this coming fall.  The College of the Florida Keys held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 18 to celebrate the near-completion of its CFK Academy, a charter high school on the college’s Key West campus.  The...

PRISCILLA PRESLEY VISITS KEY WEST

Fans of the late singer Elvis Presley and his former wife, Priscilla Presley, along with local arts patrons, packed the rooftop at The Studios of Key West on Jan. 6 for a special appearance by Priscilla Presley and artist Adam Scott Rote, who has painted her as well as...

3 FINALISTS NAMED FOR KEY WEST CITY MANAGER

And then there were three — finalists, that is, for the Key West city manager job: David Burke, Thaddeus Cohen and Abe Conn, all of whom already live in the Florida Keys. Members of the local city manager search committee, appointed by the city commission, this week submitted their own...

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