Krewe of the Conch Republic, Inc.

The Conch Republic is the tongue in cheek commonwealth otherwise known as The Florida Keys. Aptly named as a thumb to the nose to the United States Government who insisted on treating The Keys like a foreign country. The people of The Keys readily embraced their gov’t mocking Foreign Policy, “The Mitigation of World Tension through the Exercise of Humor” by reveling in a 10-day “public and notorious manner”, to celebrate with unabashed exuberance their wild and unyielding “Independence” as ‘The Conch Republic’.

The Krewe of The Conch Republic is a Tampa Based Gasparilla Krewe dedicated to preserving the zealous spirit, ecological environment and the all encompassing bad ass vibe of The Florida Keys. Formed in 2017 fulfilling a dream of Charles "Chuck" & Karen O'Neill, The Krewe of the Conch Republic plants its roots firmly in the motto

 “No shoes, No shirt, Apologize Later!”



Charles "Chuck" O'Neill 

Founder & Board President


Kim Chavez

Board Vice President


Karen O'Neill

Founder & Board Treasurer


Annie Perez 

Board Secretary


Greg Bennett 

Board Float Construction Chair

Chip Whitaker

 Board Member

The Krewe of the Conch Republic, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 Tax Exempt Organization. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Florida Division of Consumer Services by calling 1-800-435-7352. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state. Registration No. CH56289. 

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