Crews from Ajax Building Co. begin work on Key West High School’s new Tommy Roberts Memorial Stadium by demolishing the existing bleachers that have been unsafe for use for nearly three years. MANDY MILES/Keys Weekly

While the Monroe County School Board finalizes the details, Ajax Building Co. has begun work to replace Key West High School’s Tommy Roberts Memorial Stadium for the football team. Improvements will also be made to Rex Weech Field, the baseball side of the complex. 

The project will include replacement of the existing football and baseball natural grass fields with synthetic turf, along with new bleachers, concession buildings, press boxes and the addition of a new fieldhouse for locker rooms and offices, states the Ajax website. 

“The existing sports complex site area of 202,500 square feet will have improved parking and drainage as well raising certain areas 5 feet in elevation to meet flood zone elevation requirements. There is a section of the site where contaminated soils are present and will be abated during the site improvements,” the website states. 

Architectural renderings show the new $19 million Tommy Roberts Memorial Stadium currently under construction in Key West. Courtesy of Ajax Building

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.