April 23, 1982

The Founding of the Conch Republic

The Conch Republic was born on April 23, 1982, in response to a United States Border Patrol Blockade of the Florida Keys. Since the United States insisted on treating the Keys like a foreign country, Mayor Dennis Wardlow seceded from Union. Today we stand proudly as a community of  who have  "Sovereign State Of Mind"  and as the "People who seceded where others have failed"

1982 News Story On Founding of Conch Republic

Founder Dennis Wardlow Tells The Story