Hurricane Irma picked up Florida’s famed “Welcome to Key West” sign and carried it all the way to Fort Myers Beach — 300 miles away from its home.
The sign, which was an $8,000 gift from the local rotary club, went missing as the storm pummeled the state, and many feared it was lost forever. However, Key West residents can rest assured that they will get their beloved landmark back, as it was finally found on Thursday.
An unidentified couple came across the sign, picked up and dropped it off at Key West Express docking station, where crew members then shipped it back home. While it was missing, however, residents of the island installed a handmade sign in its place to make sure every visitor knows that Key West is “Paradise USA.”
Residents say they last saw the “Welcome to Key West” sign on the ground after it was torn down by Hurricane Irma’s rage on Sept. 10. Residents are thrilled that the sign, which features a painted sunset, is back home at the island’s entrance off U.S. 1.