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FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - A giant cross washed ashore near a Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel over the weekend, spawning curiosity among beachgoers and employees as to how it arrived in South Florida.
The curious sight caused confusion and disbelief after it was first spotted on the beach behind the Ocean Manor Beach Resort Hotel, Saturday evening.
“We just found this washed up on the beach,” said a man as he recorded cellphone video of the massive find.
“I couldn’t believe that it was washing up on our feet right in front of us,” said Greg Gay, who is visiting from Michigan.
Sighting the holy symbol was enough to turn this tourist into a believer.
“I felt really heavenly about it,” said Gay. “It was a moment in time. Had we been 10 minutes before or 10 minutes later, we wouldn’t have seen it.”
Many at Ocean Manor’s Tiki bar were taken aback to see a cross crashing in the waves.
“I said, ‘You’re kidding me.’ I go, ‘Seriously? I thought you’re joking,'” said Frank Talerico, the hotel’s owner.