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.

Gov. Ron DeSantis visits Key West

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis spent Thursday morning in Key West, or technically, on Stock Island, where he announced a $36 million grant for the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority to overhaul its water desalination plant on Stock Island. Fifty or so city and county officials and administrators, utility executives and media...

School board may change school start times

Even under ideal circumstances, school bus stops and schedules are complicated equations of cause and effect. With buses and drivers serving multiple schools, every action in one area produces an equal and opposite reaction elsewhere. A later start time at one school requires an earlier start elsewhere. Monroe County School District...

Picketers get pushback

Key West Weekly draws your attention this week to a Facebook post and subsequent comment thread that got people’s attention and started conversations, online and in real life. For those who missed the original post or decided to add their two cents without knowing the impetus, here’s what happened: The Key...

things I remember

City Commissioner Clayton Lopez was in middle school when Monroe County schools integrated. He finished sixth grade at the all-black Frederick Douglass School and then started seventh grade at a newly integrated Horace O’Bryant School. “There’s a big difference between sixth and seventh grade anyway, and then add the cultural...

Clayton Lopez recalls segregation in Key West

City Commissioner Clayton Lopez was in middle school when Monroe County schools integrated. He finished sixth grade at the all-black Frederick Douglass School and then started seventh grade at a newly integrated Horace O’Bryant School. “There’s a big difference between sixth and seventh grade anyway, and then add the cultural...

Ross to retire from MARC after Master Chefs’ Classic

He calls it a “Key West retirement.” “I’m retiring from my first full-time job, but keeping my second full-time job,” Gordon Ross said, laughing last week over lunch while fielding calls and answering texts about deep fryers and ticket packages for the final Master Chefs’ Classic he’ll coordinate for the...

Local captain joins global ocean Exxpedition

A Key West captain and kayak tour guide with two degrees in environmental science is changing course for the month of February and sailing far south of the Southernmost City that’s been her home for the past five years. Lynsi Wavra was selected to participate in Exxpedition, an all-female global...

City seeks firm for Duval Street improvements

Gerald Ford was president the last time Key West made a concerted effort to upgrade and improve Duval Street. Telephones had cords, airplanes had smoking sections and Key West, like the rest of the country, was preparing for the nation’s bicentennial celebration. It was 1976. Charles “Sonny” McCoy was mayor of...

All-star puppy scores with Key West home

Rafe Halpern had enough on his plate, quite literally, running his new Seaside Café at the Southernmost House and running after his 3-year-old son, River. A new puppy wasn’t exactly part of his plan.  But then he met Maureen Cattieu, a café customer and new teacher at Gerald Adams Elementary School,...

New videos highlight One Human Family and Keys’ fragility

A new video on the Florida Keys’ marketing website at fla-keys.com highlights Key West’s inclusiveness by featuring local residents who provide various answers to the recurring question among gay travelers, “Is Key West still gay?” Local bartender Daniel Gilbert offers one of the most telling answers. “Is Key West still gay?”...

Local group hires lobbyists to oppose sanctuary plan

Organized opposition to the marine sanctuary’s draft management plan is gaining momentum. Having reviewed the 1997 legislation that formed the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Key West attorney David Paul Horan said the governor of Florida has the authority to veto any parts of the sanctuary’s management plan that pertain...

Airport master plan anticipates more plans, passengers

New arrivals landing at Key West International Airport inevitably smile as they exit the aircraft and step, not into a portable jetway corridor, but directly onto the humid tarmac. As the hot breeze tangles their hair, newcomers dig for sunglasses in their carry-on bags and remark upon the quaintness of...