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.

Locals make music

The new Key West-based record label, Conch Town Music, this week celebrates the release of its first two albums by local artists Bill Blue and Juliana MacDowell. Legendary Keys bluesman Bill Blue’s album, “The King of Crazy Town,” came out on March 6 and has been getting “heavy airplay, rave...

City officials negotiate Admiral’s Cut access

After years of back-and-forth negotiations and negative responses, city officials have expressed renewed confidence that they can arrange public access to Admiral’s Cut, the small stretch of water the size of a large boat slip that separates the city-owned Truman Waterfront from the privately owned Margaritaville Key West Resort...

New brickwork strengthens West Martello

West Martello Tower, the centuries-old, red-brick fortress on Key West’s Atlantic waterfront,  hasn’t looked this good, or this strong, since the 1860s, when the Union Army built West Martello to protect Key West’s Atlantic coast and associated shipping supply lines. “It took about six months, but we’ve just finished a...

Sinatra vocalist Tony Sands never tires of his playlist

Tony Sands admits he doesn’t have Frank Sinatra’s famous blue eyes, “Unfortunately, I have green eyes, but hopefully my vocals make up for that,” said Sands, who has been performing ol’ blue eyes’ songs and impersonating the icon’s voice, mannerisms and style for more than 30 years on stages...

Concerns go viral

Corona beer seemed a bigger concern than the coronavirus for the groups of college students visiting the Keys for the annual spring break debauchery of sunburn, hangovers and Insta- memories. And although the Florida Keys marketing experts haven’t targeted the college crowd for several years, local lodging officials are thrilled...

College president responds to labor complaint

The president of the College of the Florida Keys this week denied allegations of retaliation against a pro-union faculty member whose employment contract with the college was not renewed. A discussion started in October 2019 among some faculty members who expressed interest in union representation, and on Oct. 23, United...

`Equal and enabled

In an island community that regularly elects female representatives, hires female leaders and values female opinions, it’s easy to forget that’s not the case everywhere — far from it, in fact. There are still plenty of places in this country that have never printed a woman’s name on a...

Women come together for global equality

It’s easy to forget. In an island community that regularly elects female representatives, hires female leaders and values female opinions, it’s easy to forget that’s not the case everywhere — far from it, in fact. There are still plenty of places in this country that have never printed a woman’s...

Free trees may bring back a butterfly breed

They’re just not here.  The giant swallowtail butterfly, once a common sight flitting amid fragrant gardens, has been noticeably absent since Hurricane Irma battered the Keys in September 2017.  “To be clear, we’re not saying the giant swallowtail is extinct, or even endangered,” said Sam Trophia, founder of the Trophia Butterfly...

Cosmetic shop owners sue picketers

Key West’s cosmetic shop controversy has moved from the court of public opinion to Judge Tim Koenig’s courtroom. Orogold shop co-owner Nir Chen filed suit last week against 15 members of the Key West Rip-Off Rapid Response Team, the consumer watchdog group that has been picketing the shop since May...

Cow Key lane closures start April 15

MOT is a BFD.  That’s Maintenance of Traffic for those unfamiliar with transportation terminology. And it’s a big freakin’ deal, particularly when it comes to the twin bridges over Cow Key Channel that connect Key West with, well, the rest of the world. Key West city commissioners on Feb. 19...

China Virus Sinks Keys’ Lobster Prices

The devastating impacts of the coronavirus epidemic that started in late December on the other side of the world in China are now being felt in the Florida Keys. What could coronavirus possibly have to do with Florida Keys’ commercial fishermen? Plenty, given that 95% of the Keys’ commercial spiny...