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.

Buffs raise bucks for Sister Season Fund

Key West locals need face coverings, and the nonprofit Sister Season needs funds to continue providing $1,000 grants to tourism-dependent workers who are going broke during this unprecedented and financially devastating health crisis.  With permission from Key West city officials, masked volunteers and board members from Key West’s Sister Season...

Local businesses can get federal help

The federal government’s newly minted CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security Act) made more than $400 billion (that’s billions — with a b) available to help small businesses pay and retain their employees and cover operating expenses such as mortgage, rent and inventory costs during the ongoing...

How safe am I at home?

Hello, my masked friends. I need to start this week by thanking the funny folks on Facebook who have provided countless hours of hilarious GIFs, memes and sarcasm to keep us all entertained. On the other hand, to the angry mouth-breathers born tragically with no sense of humor and a hypersensitive...

Keys jails free from COVID-19 so far

Social distancing isn't entirely possible inside a jail, where, by definition, people are confined in close quarters. But by implementing comprehensive prevention and protection measures, Monroe County's three jails have thus far reported no COVID-19 cases among their 420 countywide inmates. With 392 inmates currently in the Stock Island jail, the...

Key West official explains $1.2M in illegal rental fines

News of Key West’s first illegal rental arrest met with enthusiasm from residents vehemently concerned about visitors, who are not permitted in the Florida Keys, continuing to rent illegal units in the island chain. In its press release about Michael McMahon’s arrest for violating the governor’s order, city spokeswoman Alyson...

2 deaths reported in Monroe County

Two 55-year-old men in the Florida Keys have died from health problems related to COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Keith White of Key West died on March 25 in Lower Keys Medical Center. Another 55-year-old man died the next day at Lower Keys Medical Center, but officials have...

Keys officials target illegal rentals to banned tourists

There are tourists in the Florida Keys. The above statement wouldn’t make headlines on a typical day in our thriving island chain. But these days are anything but typical.  Visitors have been banned from the Florida Keys since the governor issued an order on March 27, and a checkpoint at the...

Strunk Ace Hardware donates $10k to Sister Season

Volunteers from Key West’s Sister Season Fund on Saturday delivered homemade face masks to workers at Strunk Ace Hardware — and picked up a $10,000 donation from the store’s owner. “This is so generous and so appreciated, and it will do so much good in the community,” said Ryan Macauley,...

Ibis Bay Resort forgoes profits to house essential workers

One Key West resort owner has turned the city’s “One Human Family” motto into action by forgoing profits for the next 90 days, keeping employees working and providing hotel rooms at cost for construction workers and other essential personnel for $73.52 per night. Ibis Bay Beach Resort owner Chris Holland...

Key West doctor donates B12 for workers

Key West’s Hangover Hospital, which typically offers vitamin infusions to help cure the evils of the night before — or prevent them — is now offering free B12 shots to local health care and restaurant workers who are still working during the global health crisis. Dr. Michael McGrath, known on...

Governor issues ‘Safer at Home’ directive

At a press conference on March 30 outside the Hard Rock casino hotel, Gov. Ron DeSantis emphasized the statewide and, specifically, South Florida message of, “Safer at home.” “Safer at home is the right thing to do,” DeSantis said. “We’ll do this until the middle of May.” Later that day, DeSantis...

Key West starts repaving Duval Street

Now's the time.  City officials in Key West decided to take advantage of a largely deserted Duval Street and this week launched a repaving project to make the Southernmost City's most iconic commercial corridor a smoother ride for all.  The months-long project will stretch from Wall Street to Truman Avenue, but...