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Key West: Small Town, Big Target

An image of the flags in front of Key West City Hall including the state flag, the American flag and the Conch Republic and rainbow flags
Nancy Klingener
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WLRN
At Key West City Hall, the Conch Republic and rainbow flags fly alongside the American and state flags.

Key West is not a big city. There are 25,000 residents and 16,000 voters, but in recent years, it’s gotten outsized attention from Tallahassee. Last year, the state Legislature approved a bill specifically to stop Key West's sunscreen ban; this year they’ve taken aim at charter amendments approved by Key West voters, limiting the cruise industry. This episode looks at that history and Key West’s independent streak.

Nancy Klingener covers the Florida Keys for WLRN. Since moving to South Florida in 1989, she has worked for the Miami Herald, Solares Hill newspaper and the Monroe County Public Library.
Daniel Rivero is a reporter and producer for WLRN, covering Latino and criminal justice issues. Before joining the team, he was an investigative reporter and producer on the television series "The Naked Truth," and a digital reporter for Fusion.