Friday, 09 April 2010 09:09
The Florida International Air Show marks its 30th anniversary this weekend. The sky over Punta Gorda will be abuzz with aircraft – from fighter jets & gliders to World War II era bombers. Skydivers will descend to the earth from 5,000 feet, and of course there will be world class aerobatics. WGCU’s Valerie Alker talked to one of the pilots and has this report.
Thursday, 04 March 2010 08:57
More than a hundred people, some from as far away as Ohio and Michigan, gathered in Matlacha last Saturday behind the Mulletville Restaurant for a 19 year old competition that has become a tradition for Pine Islanders. WGCU’s Luis Hernandez was at the mullet tossing championship and has this report.
Thursday, 31 December 2009 07:21
Monday, 25 May 2009 08:36
Friday, 20 April 2007 01:00
Monday is the 25th anniversary of a staged secession in Key West, which created the fabled Conch Republic. Beginning Friday the Conch Republic Independence Celebration commemorates the founding of the "island nation.”
The situation began when, back in 1982, the United States Border Patrol erected a roadblock and checkpoint at the top of the Florida Keys’ Overseas Highway. Ostensibly searching for drugs and illegal aliens, the roadblock created a miles long traffic jam on the only road that connects mainland Florida with the island chain.
Former Key West Mayor and first Conch Republic Prime Minister Dennis Wardlow says they felt like foreigners in their own land.
“And that’s how the Conch Republic evolved. If they’re going to treat us as a foreign country, we’ll become a foreign country. And that was what the stand was and that was the true feeling of how they were treating us.”
Key Westers protested by staging a secession, declaring war on the United States, promptly surrendering and applying for foreign aid.
The secession will be re-enacted in Key West Monday. The Celebration continues through the following Sunday.