The press followed Dennis and his entourage back to Key West as the news of the Mayor's intentions hit the papers, and the broadcast media. There was a rumor that the American Flag had been lowered and the Conch Republic Flag raised in ti's place, there were a goodly number of people that were very upset by the events. After a load of calls had pour into the Mayor's office, a compromise was reached that the Conch Republic Flag would be flown below the American Flag.
With the city filled with Federal Agents, Mayor Dennis Wardlow climbed aboard the back of a flatbed truck in front of the Old Customs Building in Clinton Square and delivered the Proclamation to the crowd that had gathered.
|Mayor Wardlow's Proclamation|
After the reading of the Proclamation, the new "Prime Minister" declared war on the United States and members of the new government "beat" the federal agents in attendance with stale Cuban bread loaves, then surrendered and demanded foreign aid from the United States. The Conch Republic is still waiting for the foreign aid, but the roadblock was immediately removed, but the United States Government never bothered to react to the secession.
To this day the Conch Republic still celebrates it's independence every year with flags, passports, driver's license's and reenactments of the battles. In 1990, members of the Tourism Board declared April 24th be Conch Republic Days. Where else but in Key West could this have really happened?