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.

IN PICTURES: SCULPTOR TRAIL ARTIST VISITS HIS ‘WAVEHENGE’

Artist Jeff Sundheim had seen his large, arcing sundial sculpture called “Wave Henge” when it was installed in New York City’s Riverside Park. He had not seen its permanent installation at Key West’s Truman Waterfront Park until last week, and he was thrilled. The sculpture, which Sundheim created with Damon...

VACATION RENTALS IN KEY WEST PREY ON WORKING RESIDENTS

Invasive, insatiable and largely unstoppable, monthly vacation rentals are the Burmese pythons of Key West, devouring the city’s housing inventory and devastating its workforce to the brink of extinction. Key West city officials on May 3 unanimously blamed the city's housing crisis on the proliferation of vacation rentals. But unlike pythons,...

KEY WEST MAYOR’S RACE: MARGARET ROMERO FILES TO RUN AGAINST INCUMBENT TERI JOHNSTON

The bun will run. Former Key West city commissioner Margaret Romero, known for her trademark hairstyle, filed paperwork on May 4 to officially enter the Key West mayor’s race. “The time has come for the community to once again respect one another and for every voice to be heard,” Romero told...

IN PICTURES: ADAM LAMBERT & KRISTEN MCNAMARA ROCK COFFEE BUTLER AMPHITEATERE

Fans of Queen, Adam Lambert and Kristen “KMAC” McNamara poured into Key West’s Coffee Butler Amphitheater on April 28 to hear songs by all three. Adam Lambert, who is currently touring with Queen on lead vocals that were formerly the role of Freddie Mercury, performed a solo show in Key...

IN PICTURES: MOTE MARINE’S OCEAN FEST CELEBRATES THE SEA

Key West dove headfirst into Mote Marine’s 10th annual Ocean Fest on April 23 at Truman Waterfront.  Dozens of vendors sold everything from hand-painted surfboards to jewelry made from the scales of the invasive lionfish, which is neither native to nor welcome in Atlantic waters. There was also plenty of marine...

GOVERNOR APPOINTS JIM SCHOLL TO COUNTY COMMISSION

“I’ve always said I don’t run for office; I run from office,” the Florida Keys’ newest county commissioner told the Keys Weekly on May 2.  Jim Scholl, former Key West city manager and naval aviator who commanded Naval Air Station Key West in the early 2000s, didn’t run for the...

YELLOWFIN BAR & KITCHEN – RENEWED RESORT RESTAURANT LOVES LOCALS

You don’t need a room key to enjoy the bounty of Yellowfin Bar & Kitchen, the newly reimagined restaurant at Ocean’s Edge Resort, on Stock Island, just across the bridge from Key West. Chef Juan Cuadra and food and beverage director Chris Smilgin arrived at Yellowfin nearly at the same...

IN PICTURES: 2022 TASTE OF KEY WEST

You would have thought people hadn’t eaten in two years, eager as they were to welcome back Taste of Key West after its two-year COVID hiatus. The popular benefit for AH Monroe packed Key West’s Truman Waterfront on April 25. Dozens of local restaurants and national wine and beer distributors...

IN PICTURES: COMMISSIONER COLDIRON KICKS OFF REELECTION CAMPAIGN

Key West attorney and business owner Michael Halpern hosted an informal, April 21 campaign gathering for County Commissioner Michelle Coldiron, who represents District 2, at his home on Shark Key. District 2 includes Boca Chica Key through the 7 Mile Bridge, including the north side of U.S. 1 to 63rd...

WHAT KIND OF MEN WILL OUR SONS BECOME? – KEYS WOMAN MAGAZINE

Parents send their daughters into the world with pepper spray and panic button apps, rape whistles and well-intentioned warnings. Unattended drinks. Short skirts. Revealing tops. Reckless drinking. High heels that inhibit the ability to run away. Sending the wrong signals. Sensing bad situations. Deserted parking lots. Unknown delivery guys....

YELLOWFIN: RENEWED RESORT RESTAURANT LOVES LOCALS

You don’t need a room key to enjoy the bounty of Yellowfin Bar & Kitchen, the newly reimagined restaurant at Ocean’s Edge Resort, on Stock Island, just across the bridge from Key West. Chef Juan Cuadra and food and beverage director Chris Smilgin arrived recently at Yellowfin, both from resorts...

SLOPPY JOE’S: HEMINGWAY HAUNT CELEBRATES 85 YEARS AS CORNERSTONE BAR

The legend of Sloppy Joe’s Bar, Key West’s iconic corner bar, started in 1933, but the place everyone knows today, in the building that stands sentinel at Duval and Greene streets, became what it is 85 years ago next month, on May 5, 1937.  Its official beginning was on Dec....