Originally posted by 1985air345
Donít you need a passport for Key West? I heard they seceded from the Union sometime in the early 80ís. Maybe it was the surrender part I missed!
It was during the 80's, while I was living in Ft. Lauderdale. They called the new nation the Conch Republic. Had their own Navy (some of the fishing boats painted Conch Republic Navy on the sides of their vessels) and they had an Air Force (some of those planes with pontoons).
It was over problems with getting the State of Florida and the Federal government to improve the fresh water lines, roads, etc., going down into the Keys. They actually had an old cannon on one boat, went out a few miles off the coast of Marathon Key (I think), pointed North and fired! The shot heard around the world, or at least that Key.
The whole thing was pretty funny and the Governor of Florida at the time, played along with it too. Everything got settled and the Keys were allowed back into the Union.