Leesburg man accused of damaging Southernmost Point Buoy, Key West police say

David B. Perkins Jr., 21, made arrangements to surrender to police, records show

The Southernmost Point Buoy in Key West, damaged following suspected arson, Jan. 1, 2022. (Key West Police Department)

KEY WEST, Fla. – Police say they have identified a Leesburg man as one of the two men responsible for starting a fire that damaged the Southernmost Point Buoy, a landmark and tourist attraction in Key West.

In a Facebook post Thursday, Key West police said they obtained arrest warrants for David Perkins Jr., 21, of Leesburg, and Skylar Rae Jacobson, 21, of Henrietta, Texas.

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Police said the two men have both made arrangements to surrender to authorities.

David Perkins Jr. (Monroe County)

Investigators said the men were caught on several security cameras dragging a Christmas tree to the Southernmost Point Buoy early in the morning on New Year’s Day. The men were seen posing with the tree and the buoy, taking photos with their phones, according to the social media post, and ultimately lighting the tree on fire before running off.

Officers said the flames caused $5,000 worth of damage to the buoy.

Investigators said the two face charges of criminal mischief with damages over $1,000.

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Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and ClickOrlando.com. He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.