Florida politicians overrule Keys on cruise ships, chip away home rule

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We recently celebrated our anniversary in the Keys. It was fun to be back in the part of the state that calls itself the Conch Republic (Motto: “We Seceded Where Others Failed”) and celebrates an annual Independence Day — which, like many things in the Keys, is basically an excuse to have a party that lasts several days.

While this is mostly tongue-in-cheek stuff, even another piece of the marketing of Margaritaville, it is rooted in a genuine and ongoing frustration with others trying to dictate life in the Keys.

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The latest example: cruise ships in Key West.

In the three decades since we honeymooned in Key West, a lot of things remain unchanged. There still are six-toed cats lounging around the Hemingway House, chickens roaming Blue Heaven, drunk tourists stumbling out of Sloppy Joe’s.

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