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.

BUBBAS: BAHAMA VILLAGE MUSIC PROGRAM IS THIS YEAR’S CHARITY RECIPIENT

Despite the ongoing nominations and feverish voting, the real winner in the 2022 Bubbas: Key West People’s Choice Awards is the Bahama Village Music Program. Each year, the awards benefit a dedicated local nonprofit that helps families, friends and neighbors, and the BVMP is no different. The nonprofit program, which provides...

SHERIFF RAMSAY ON GUN LAWS, UVALDE & ACCOUNTABILITY

Sheriff Rick Ramsay has spent more than 30 years as a law enforcement officer in the Florida Keys, and the past decade as the county’s sheriff.  The most decorated deputy in the history of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Ramsay is proficient with firearms and knowledgeable about gun ownership.  Following the...

HOW SAFE ARE FLORIDA KEYS SCHOOLS?

It happened again.  A mass shooter killed 19 kids and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas on May 24.  As the nation debates and divides itself over a mental health crisis, background checks and the wisdom of making assault rifles easily accessible at gun shows, the Keys...

IN PICTURES: KEY WEST CLASS OF 2022 GRADUATES WITH PRIDE

The setup for Key West High School’s graduation ceremony has been a little different in recent years, due to COVID protocols and the pending replacement of the school’s football stadium, which hosts the commencement ceremony. On May 27, the Class of 2022 sat in the football bleachers overlooking their families...

IN PICTURES: KEY WEST PAUSES ON MEMORIAL DAY

With flags at half-staff and fluttering in front of hundreds of gravestones, the USS Maine Memorial and the Key West Cemetery hosted the annual Memorial Day military remembrance. More than 100 people packed the Monday morning service. Retired veterans and active duty military, including Capt. Beth Regoli, commander of Naval Air...

THIS WEEK: KEY WEST GETS LOUD & PROUD DURING PRIDE

The rainbow crosswalks are freshly painted at Duval and Petronia streets and rainbow flags flutter in the warm breeze everywhere.  Key West is stepping out for its annual Pride celebration June 1-5. The colorful collection of people and events features pool parties, theater performances, unparalleled drag shows, dance parties, a Joan...

KEY WEST THEATER PRESENTS JASON LAMSON BAND JUNE 18

How does a kid who grew up on an ostrich farm in Georgia end up singing, playing guitar and writing songs in Key West?  His grandfather inspired him. Jason Lamson attributes his musical interest and career to his Georgia grandfather, Russell, “or, as some called him, ‘The Reverend,’ despite his less...

HURRICANE GROTTO AT KEY WEST’S CATHOLIC CHURCH TURNS 100

The scent of sulfur from struck matches fills the small, stone space inside the Our Lady of Lourdes grotto, known locally as “the hurricane grotto” at the Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea.  And with the season’s first storm on the horizon, all candles will soon flicker...

KEY WEST THEATER PRESENTS COMEDIAN KEVIN FLYNN

You know that famous black-and-white photo from 1932, “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper,” of 11 ironworkers having lunch on a steel beam 850 feet above Manhattan?  The photo by Charles Clyde Ebbets is an icon of American ambition and industry. But for comedian, actor, writer and producer Kevin Flynn, it’s a...

KEY WEST PORT DIRECTOR RESIGNS

The city of Key West lost its longtime port director on Monday, when Doug Bradshaw submitted his resignation letter to City Manager Patti McLauchlin, effective June 10. The letter came five days after Bradshaw was questioned at the May 18 commission meeting about a large cruise ship that docked two...

IN PICTURES: BOAT BRUNCH BENEFITS POLICE LOVE FUND

Mimosas, bloody Marys and a brunch buffet highlighted a May 21 brunch sail aboard the Argo Navis, which hosted the fundraising brunch for the Key West Police Department Love Fund. Established in 2006, the fund provides aid to any department member in a time of financial hardship. The breezy day provided...

THIS WEEKEND: TEEN BAND PERFORMS AT MARGARITAVILLE

Teenagers Jake and Cole Phillips have spent their summers in Key West, and are veterans of Reef Relief and COAST summer camps. This weekend, the brothers also join the ranks of iconic musicians who have performed at the world-famous Margaritaville on Duval Street. Their band, BlackWater Sound, includes Cole, 15,...