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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Giant Key lime pie makes appearance in Tallahassee

Instead of breaking bread with Gov. Rick Scott, a Florida Keys delegation broke Key lime pie with the governor on Tuesday, a rather large Key lime pie at that.

Scott helped serve the pie to a group of Florida Keys elected officials and business leaders who traveled to Tallahassee for the annual Florida Keys Day.

The Key lime pie was featured dessert at a reception on Tuesday night.

The delectable treat was made by Key West residents David Sloan, Paul Menta and Marky Pierson and the crew at the Key West Key Lime Pie Company. It took the juice of 5,760 yellow Key limes, 200 pounds of graham crackers and 55 gallons of sweetened condensed milk. It has a diameter of 97 inches, an estimated weight of 1,000 pounds and can produce more than 1,000 slices, the trio of chefs said at the Capitol.

The state Legislature designated Key lime pie the official pie of the state in 2006.

While the Key lime pie was an interesting attraction, the group of Keys leaders who traveled to the state capital were there to lobby for millions of dollars in wastewater bond funding, and to draw attention to other important Keys issues.

The event was organized by Florida Keys state Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Key Largo, and the group Leadership Monroe County.

Keys leaders met with Speaker of the House Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, and Republican Jeff Atwater, the state's chief financial officer. The group also met with Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad.

Prasad was "optimistic" that the North Roosevelt Boulevard project would be complete in July, Raschein said. The contingent also talked with the DOT secretary about the Old Seven Mile Bridge restoration project.

County Mayor Sylvia Murphy personally thanked Rep. Ben Albritton for the Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriation Committee's approval of $50 million to the Keys for wastewater and stormwater projects.

Both the full Senate and the House of Representatives still have to approve the allocation.

"We were very well received," Murphy said. "The whole thing is going very well."

The trip coincides with Keys resident and banker Bette Brown being named to the board of directors of Citizens Property Insurance Corp., which is the insurer of last resource in the state.

"I couldn't be more pleased," Raschein said. "We have been working hard to get someone on that board from the Keys. She is a great level-headed lady. She will be a real asset to the board."

tohara@keysnews.com

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