FORT MYERS, Fla.- A fixture of Fort Myers is back. The 'God Is Love' sign that has greeted drivers along McGregor Boulevard for seventy years was returned to its proper place Friday morning.
The sign had been without power for months and needed a makeover after a large truck backed into it and damaged it. Scott Carter Signs sanded it down and replaced the sheet metal, neon lights, and paint.
The Price Foundation of Fort Myers, a local philanthropic organization, funded the work by Carter Signs. The Christian Chamber of Commerce in Fort Myers is underwriting the cost of the electricity.
Drivers will notice something new. The sign now bears a dedication to the memory of George H. Gruesbeck, a Seventh-Day Adventist who put the sign in in 1943.
"My guess is that after he died his wife added the in memory of and it was like that when we got to Fort Myers in 1956," Price Foundation President Wayne Miller said.
The electrical wiring to the sign is now separate from the foreclosed home it was previously attached to. Miller said the Price Foundation now has plans to purchase the property to keep the sign burning indefinitely.
"Actually, we're going to see if we can't acquire the property, and then maybe we can put a preacher in the house or something. We have no real plans for it, but we'd like to be able to control it," Miller said.