It was on this day back in 1982, when Conch Republic established itself after border patrols were set up on the mainland of Florida, isolating Keys residents. The residents of the Florida Keys revolted, established their own country with a flag, form of government and then immediately applied for foreign aid.
This independent spirit continues today and we celebrate it with nine days of events. This evening an old favorite is coming back, the seven foot Key Lime Pie. The fun begins at Mallory Square at 5:30 and is a benefit for the Key West Memorial Sculpture Garden which honors many of the republic’s famous and not so famous citizens.