In the early hours of New Year’s Day, two people vandalized Key West’s famous Southernmost Point buoy landmark by setting a fire right beside it.The blaze left a large part of the colorful giant buoy — right where it reads “90 miles to Cuba, Southernmost Point, Continental U.S.A.” — charred.
There was “extensive damage” to the buoy after the fire set between 3 and 3:30 a.m., police spokeswoman Alyson Crean said in a statement early Saturday morning.
Police already have clues: a webcam run by the local marketing company Two Oceans Digital captured the scene of two males apparently placing a discarded Christmas tree in front of the buoy and setting it on fire.
The webcam has an online archive that stores footage from the past 24 hours.
Screenshots of the act were widely circulated on Facebook early Saturday in posts where people expressed outrage.
“Hope they find them and torch them too,” one person commented. “Need jail time,” another said.
Many noted the actions were documented by screenshots from the webcam that were posted all over social media on Saturday.
“That’s disgusting,” a woman said in a comment. “Fortunately they were stupid enough to post pictures of themselves so hopefully they will be caught.”
Police ask anyone with information to call them at 305-809-1000.