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.

SUMMER CAMP: WHAT ARE YOUR KIDS DOING THIS SUMMER?

The school year is winding down and summer is just over the horizon. From making flippered friends and exploring a private island to taking the stage for a theatrical production, there’s no shortage of activities in the Florida Keys when school lets out. Here is information to help parents...

SHOOTING THREAT BY KEY WEST HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT INVESTIGATED

A worrisome message from school district officials alerted parents on April 22 that a “hold in place” order had been enacted at all Lower Keys schools while police investigated a report of a “possible school threat.”  The hold-in-place order, which allows instruction to continue but restricts movement on campus while...

ROSI WARE – KEYS WOMAN MAGAZINE

Rosi Ware doesn’t have to go far to reach her happy place. One of the most recognizable, active and committed Key West residents, she finds peace and happiness in her backyard garden, which is reminiscent of those in her native England. “We bought our house in ‘96, but didn’t move here...

FROM THE EDITOR: DON’T WAIT TO CELEBRATE – KEYS WOMAN MAGAZINE

I’ve never been one to save new shoes, new clothes, good food or expensive wine for a super-special, just-right occasion. Life’s too short, despite my mom rolling her eyes incessantly at my unwavering commitment to instant gratification.  But if the past two years have taught us anything, it’s that nothing...

IN PICTURES: FIRST EVER CUBAN SANDWICH THROWDOWN

The first-ever Cuban Sandwich Throwdown on April 16 was a delicious success at the Green Parrot Bar. Five local restaurants — Sandy’s Cafe, Frita’s Cuban Burger Cafe, Kaya Island Eats, El Siboney and Yellowfin Bar & Kitchen at Ocean’s Edge Resort — entered their signature versions of the pressed sandwich...

TASTE OF KEY WEST: 280 WINE & BEER OPTIONS TO SUPPORT THE CAUSE

There is no fine print when it comes to Taste of Key West. No need to wonder how much of your donation actually reaches the intended recipient, no calculations of gross and net proceeds after expenses because the expenses are nearly nonexistent. The generosity of all participating restaurants and beverage...

TASTE OF KEY WEST CELEBRATES 27 YEARS OF CHARITY

How many Taste of Key West commemorative wine glasses are in your collection? As ubiquitous as beads and beach towels in Key West homes, the trial-size wine glasses date back 27 years, to when the charity event first started. While its location has changed a few times over the years, the...

HISTORIC FISHING BRIDGES FALLING DOWN

For 112 years, time, tide and travel have taken their toll on the 23 historic bridges that make up the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail. Once crucial to Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railway, but long closed to all vehicles, the bridges that exist alongside U.S. 1 have been used for...

HIGGS BEACH FOR HAWKS MISSILE SITE? CITY OF KEY WEST & MONROE COUNTY CONSIDER PROPERTY SWAPS

Wanna trade? Higgs Beach for part of the HAWK missile site? A homeless shelter for a senior center? Key West and Monroe County officials are talking very tentatively about swapping properties and partnering on the redevelopment of the old diesel plant at Truman Waterfront. “The county could potentially trade Higgs Beach...

NEW CONCH FOOTBALL STADIUM COULD SHORTEN BASEBALL OUTFIELD

Key West High School's new, $15 million football stadium shouldn’t be built at the expense of its adjacent baseball complex, school board member Mindy Conn said on April 12, as the board reviewed and ultimately approved a conceptual master plan for the new Tommy Roberts Memorial Stadium on Kennedy...

TONIGHT: ‘KEY WEST: 200 YEARS OF HISTORY & CULTURE’ PREMIERES IN KEY WEST

Filmmaker Michael Kirk and his family found themselves at home in the Florida Keys when they first visited during an RV trip a few years ago. “We loved it and always said we’d come back,” said Kirk, who had been working on films and television productions in Nashville and Central...

PARENTS SUPPORT CONTROVERSIAL PARENTAL RIGHTS BILLS AT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

Seven Florida Keys parents on April 12 put the county school board and administration on notice that they will be monitoring the school district’s implementation of two new education bills that will become law on July 1. Representing the Keys chapter of Moms for Liberty, Tia Kollars told the board...