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Conch Republic secretary general Peter Anderson dies


Peter Anderson, the so-called secretary general of the Conch Republic, died Wednesday after a long illness. He had been undergoing treatment for cancer in Arizona this year.

The Monroe County Commission, meeting in Key West at the time of his death, called for a moment of silence for his contributions to the Keys tourism industry.

"There would be no Conch Republic without Peter. He turned every party into an occasion," said Mike Mongo, who, along with Anderson, has been one of the biggest Keys boosters over the years.

Click here to read a Miami Herald profile of Anderson published May 3.


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