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Key votes align with key lime pie

Published May 4, 2006

TALLAHASSEE - House lawmakers were locked in a tense debate that Wednesday threatened to rock the chamber. Voices rose. Fists went into the air. Brows were furrowed.

The question: what should be Florida's official pie?

The bakers' battle came down to two contenders, sweet potato pie and key lime pie.

One lawmaker fought bravely for his favorite dessert, and he didn't hold back any punches.

"Ol' nasty key lime pie," said Rep. Dwight Stansel, R-Live Oak. "I can't understand how anyone in the world can present a bill making a state pie from a fruit that's not even grown in Florida."

Stansel's passion aside, the tangy dessert prevailed, 106-14.

"Let's bring key limes back to Florida and bring sunshine back to the state," said Rep. Mitch Needelman, R-Melbourne.

As the bill moved through the Legislature this year, Florida pie lovers also took up the debate.

In March, 30 people in Broward County signed a petition to defend the dessert, and bloggers logged in to join the key lime ranks. Some wanted to add pecan pie to the mix, but legislators said that tasted too much like Georgia.

The Senate has already voted for the dessert, so now the bill goes to Gov. Jeb Bush for signing. There's no official word on whether he's a key lime man.

[Last modified May 4, 2006, 00:59:16]

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