On April 23, 1982, the Florida Keys seceded from the United States of America, and formed The Conch Republic. This was done in protest to the blockade on Hwy 1. The United States Border Patrol set up a blockade at the north end of the Keys to stop the flow of illegal aliens into America. Instead, this action practically paralyzed Key West and the Keys. The roadblock caused a backup of traffic for up to 17 miles at times. Hotels started to empty and deliveries were slowed or stopped completely. So, they protested, the American thing to do! To read the whole story, click here.
"Official Conch Republic Passports". Officially, the passports, Diplomats and Citizens, have been well received by 13 Caribbean Nations as well as Germany, Sweden, Havana, Mexico, France Spain, Ireland, and Russia. How awesome is that. I want one!!!
Today begins the 31st Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration. There are many events, including the Drag (queen) Races on Duval Street, Bed Race, Conch Shell Blowing contest, and the infamous battle in Key West harbor where Conch Republic vessels toss stale cuban bread at Coast Guard vessels and each other in a mock secession.
The celebration activities will last for ten days, with a different event each day. I will cover as many as I possibly can. Party every night for ten days... I will do it for you guys, it's my duty.