The sudden reappearance of a welcome sign taken from a Fire Island beach was as ho-hum as the beach’s name.
The Ho-Hum Beach sign, which had been missing for two weeks, was found resting on a table at the beach snack bar Saturday morning when Bellport Village officials went there for routine maintenance work, Mayor Ray Fell said Wednesday.
Village officials don’t know who took the 12-foot-long sign, or how it was returned, Fell said. He said he was just grateful the sign was back at the beach.
“It just appeared,” he said, adding: “We still have no idea who took it. All we know is it was returned, so it was nice.”
The sign, which had been donated by village residents about a decade ago, was discovered missing on June 3. The beach is open only on Saturdays and Sundays, when village residents and guests can travel there by ferry.
Fell said he figures it was stolen during a weekday, when the beach was closed. He said he assumes news stories about the apparent theft may have convinced whomever took the sign to return it last week.
The sign will be rehung on its usual perch atop the snack bar’s facade next week, Fell said. For now, it is locked up in a storage shed at the beach. The sign’s disappearance caused village officials to consider adding surveillance cameras at the beach, but Fell has said doing so may be expensive because the beach does not have full-time electrical service.
The mayor said there is no active investigation to find the sign-nappers.
“If someone comes to the village and says, ‘John Smith took it,’ we’ll pursue it, but we have the sign back,” Fell said. “I’m not going to waste too much energy trying to figure out who took it . . . As far as I’m concerned, it’s done.”