In 1982, the United States Border Patrol set up a roadblock and inspection point on US 1 just north of the merger of Monroe County Road 905A/Miami-Dade County Road 905A onto US 1 (they are the only two roads connecting the Florida Keys with the mainland), in front of the Last Chance Saloon just south of Florida City. Vehicles were stopped and searched for narcotics and illegal immigrants. This act resulted in the Florida Keys seceding from the Union and becoming the Conch Republic.

In 2009 the Upper Keys Business Group decided to expand the celebration to include other restaurants and bar locations and numerous zany happenings. For those looking for a true ‘Conch’ experience this exciting 5 day festival is most definitely worth a visit to Key Largo the ‘Northernmost Territories’ of the legendary Conch Republic!

Sunday, April 22, Key Lime Dessert Contest Key Lime Tree, mm95 — 12 noon — Calling all amateur and professional cooks — over $800 in cash and prizes — 305-853-0378

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