Key West icon damaged by Irma restored

Artists have finished restoring Key West's southernmost point marker. The project was competed on Monday.

The marker is one of the Florida Keys' most photographed tourism icons. It was damaged when Hurricane Irma struck the island chain last month. The marker designates the southernmost point of land in the continental United States.

"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.

Public works staffers re-stuccoed and primed the four-ton structure. Then the City of Key West hired artist Danny Acosta, who was aided by Henry Delvalle, to repaint the graphics.