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.

NEW NAVY COMMANDER INHERITS HOUSING CRISIS

So much for a learning curve.  Capt. Beth Regoli, the new commander of Naval Air Station Key West, barely had time to unpack before running headlong into Key West’s housing crisis. Regoli took the helm from Capt. Mark Sohaney on May 12 and immediately had plenty on her plate, with a...

THIS WEEKEND: RETIRED SEALS HOLD CHARITY EVENTS IN KEY WEST

A group of Navy SEALs may be retired from active duty, but are still serving their country and its people, having accepted a new mission as members of the nonprofit group Beyond the Teams. The team is set to paddle a six-person ocean outrigger canoe 150 miles from Key West...

IN PICTURES: THE REACH RESORT HOSTS LOCAL LEADERS AT SONGWRITERS EVENT

The recently concluded 2022 Key West Songwriters Festival was yet another islandwide hit for fans and musicians alike. Since 1997, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association and BMI have brought Music Row to Duval Street and beyond, creating a unique environment where industry professionals, songwriters, locals and tourists can experience...

IN PICTURES: COMEDIAN BILLY CONNOLLY ACCEPTS BAFTA AWARD FROM HIS KEY WEST HOME

White hair and a thick Scottish brogue filled the Key West Garden Club last week, when Scottish comedian, actor, musician and artist Sir Billy Connolly filmed an acceptance speech for an award he received from the British Academy of FIlm & Television Arts.  Born in a tenement apartment in Glasgow,...

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...

IN PICTURES: COUNTRY STAR CHRIS YOUNG ROCKS KEY WEST SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL

Multi-platinum country music star Chris Young headlined the Key West Songwriters Festival with a show at the Coffee Butler Amphitheater on May 6. Recently scoring the most nominations for Academy of Country Music Awards, Young’s career took off in 2006, when he won Season 4 of the TV competition “Nashville...

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...