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Welcome (Back) To Key West: Sign Returns Via Ferry

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Darrick Akey
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The sign, which reads 'Welcome to Key West' on one side and 'Come Back Soon' on the other, returned to the island Thursday via ferry.

After Hurricane Irma, the iconic "Welcome to Key West" sign that greets drivers who reach the Southernmost city via US 1 mysteriously disappeared.

It was reportedly spotted on the ground right after the storm — but then was gone.

Thursday morning, a couple showed up at the Key West Express ferry docks in Fort Myers, wanting to ship cargo to the island, according to a post on the ferry's Facebook page.

The ferry company agreed to take it back home where it arrived on Thursday, greeted by Key West police officers.

The sign, donated by the Rotary Club of Key West, is valued at $8,000.

Nancy Klingener covers the Florida Keys for WLRN. Since moving to South Florida in 1989, she has worked for the Miami Herald, Solares Hill newspaper and the Monroe County Public Library.