Key West's iconic Southernmost Point marker has been fully restored.
Artists put the finishing touches on the restoration on Oct. 24, a little more than month after it suffered damage during Hurricane Irma's early September visit.
The red, yellow, black and white marker, a massive concrete monument that resembles a giant marine navigational buoy, is located beside the Atlantic Ocean and designates the southernmost point of land in the continental U.S. Every day, there is a line of visitors stretched down the sidewalk waiting for their turn to be photographed with the marker. A web camera streams a live shot of the marker to friends and family back home.
"For Key West to really recover, we had to have this monument back painted again so people could come here again and take their picture and feel like something special when they visited Key West," said Key West mayor Craig Cates.
The City of Key West hired original artist Danny Acosta, who was aided by Henry DelValle, to repaint the graphics after public works staffers restuccoed and primed the four-ton structure.
Key West was not seriously impacted by Hurricane Irma's passage through the Florida Keys. The Keys reopened to visitors Oct. 1, although some harder-hit areas of the 125-mile island chain continue to recover.