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  • After Irma



    Blasted by Hurricane Irma, the Conch Republic's Southernmost Point Buoy took a blasting.





    "The Southernmost Point Buoy is an anchored concrete buoy (that is 18 feet above sea level) in Key West, Florida, marking the southernmost point in the continental United States. The large painted buoy is a tourist attraction established in 1983 by the city at the corner of South Street and Whitehead Street. Cuba is 90 miles south of this point in Key West. The southernmost point was originally just marked with a small sign, which was often moved or taken, before the City of Key West erected the now famous concrete buoy in 1983. Today, it is one of the most visited and photographed attractions in Key West.[


    A more southern part of Key West Island exists and is publicly accessible: the beach area of Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park at approximately 24°32'42.2"N 81°48'34.5"W, and approximately 500 feet (150*m) farther south than the marker.
    Further south, land on the Truman Annex property, just west-southwest of the buoy, is the true southernmost point on the island (approximately 900 feet (270*m) farther south near 24°32'39.2"N 81°48'17.8"W), but it has no marker since it is U.S. Navy property and cannot be entered by civilian tourists.
    Finally, the true southernmost point in Florida (as well as in the continental United States) is actually 10 miles away at Ballast Key (24°31'15.9"N 81°57'49.5"W), a privately owned island south and west of Key West. Signs on that island strictly prohibit unauthorized visitors.
    The claim on the buoy stating "90 miles to Cuba" is a rounded number, since Cuba, at its closest point is 94 statute (81 nautical) miles due south."


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