With the recent passing of Jimmy Buffett, Floridians have mourned the loss of the iconic artist in their own ways. One Floridian seems to have taken their mourning public, by way of plastering the Key West International Airport Sign with a new name: "Key West Jimmy Buffett International Airport."
According to a post from Gwen Filosa with Keys Weekly on X, formerly Twitter, the hand cut-out letters spelling Jimmy Buffett were added to the entrance sign on Sunday morning; however, it seems airport officials may not have been too happy with the addition, as they had it taken down within 15 minutes. The entire ordeal was also allegedly caught on security footage.
The post is accompanied by an image of the sign with the unofficial name, as well as one with the letters removed.
Locals seems to be split on whether or not it's considered vandalism, with the comment section sounding off their opinions. Most seem to agree that it's vandalism, but hilarious, and should be made official anyway.
"It's vandalism, but it's hilarious and needs to be permanent." wrote user Bill West.
"If they didn't want it, why did they leave exactly the right amount of space on the sign?" suggested user Ian Sanders.
"It's overdue. Make it official." wrote user Rbx
One user suggested that under the right circumstances, the Jimmy Buffett addition would be considered a work of art.
"If Banksy did it, no one would say it's vandalism. It's a public art installation without the airport authority's approval." wrote user Alida Antonia.
Some didn't seem too thrilled by the act, with a handful of comments agreeing that the vandal should be locked up; others were relieved that it wasn't sharpie or spray paint and were surprised to find out that the stunt really happened.
What do you think: vandalism, art installation, or all in good fun? Should it be made official? Let us know what you think in the comments!
Article by Rachael Volpe