KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Artists have restored one of the most photographed tourism icons in the Florida Keys after it was damaged by Hurricane Irma.
The last brush strokes were placed on the “Southernmost Point in the Continental U.S.A.” marker Monday.READ MORE: Mesquite Officer Dies After Shooting Outside Grocery Store
The red, yellow, black and white marker, a massive 4-ton cement monument that resembles a giant marine navigational buoy, is located beside the Atlantic Ocean. It proclaims that Key West is 90 miles from Havana.READ MORE: Officials React To Mesquite Officer Killed On Duty
Irma pummeled the marker Sept. 10, knocking out a large piece of stucco and stripping much of its paint.
Despite damage to the marker, Key West was not seriously impacted by Hurricane Irma’s passage through the Keys. The region reopened to visitors Oct. 1, although some harder-hit areas of the 125-mile island chain continue to recover.MORE NEWS: Fort Worth ISD Hopes To Hire Teachers 'On The Spot,' Offering Huge Incentives
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