Front row: Paul Menta, Kermit Carpenter and David Sloan. Back row: Commissioners Mary Lou Hoover, Gregory Davila and Jimmy Weekley, Mayor Teri Johnston, Commissioners Clayton Lopez and Billy Wardlow and Vice Mayor Sam Kaufman.

The Key West City Commission has designated Key lime pie as the official dessert of the City of Key West.

During its March 1 meeting, the commission voted unanimously to make a stand for what has long been the island’s treasure. The recipe originated in the Florida Keys and was named the official state pie in 2006.

Currently, there is a move in Tallahassee to make strawberry shortcake the official state dessert. Key West entrepreneurs David Sloan and Paul Menta have been rallying support to keep Key lime pie as the signature sweet of the state. At the meeting, pie chef Kermit Carpenter, in appreciation of the move, presented each of the commissioners with a slice of the unequaled culinary delight.

“Key lime pie reminds people of sun, sand, tropical breezes,” reads the resolution the commission approved. “Designating Key lime pie as the official dessert of the city of Key West enhances the welfare of pie lovers in the city of Key West and affirms the cultural and historical significance of this beloved dessert.”