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City Unconditional Surrender survey results say voters want Bayfront site

The majority of the public that responded want the statue to be relocated between O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill and Marina Jack.

STEVE REID
Editor & Publisher
sreid@lbknews.com

The City of Sarasota, using a “Survey Monkey” online portal, said the majority of the public that responded want the statue Unconditional Surrender to be relocated on the Bayfront between O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill and Marina Jack.

The Unconditional Surrender survey asking the public’s opinion about where the statue should be relocated to allow for upcoming road construction attracted 10,410 responses during the one-week period the Survey Monkey was open.

City Manager Tom Barwin said, “While online surveys are non-scientific, and some individuals may attempt to skew the process, the intent was to collect general community sentiment and present that information to City Commissioners as one of many factors to be considered during their decision-making process.

According to Barwin, the results are as follows:

The overall top choice is to relocate the statue on the Bayfront between O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill and Marina Jack – which received 4,133 votes or 39.7% of the responses.

The second most popular choice is to relocate the statue to Ken Thompson Park on City Island In the middle of the circular drive area in the north end of the park located between Mote and the Sailing Squadron. This site received 2,187 Responses or 21.01% of the total vote.

The third most popular relocation location is along the Bayfront Bayfront to the middle of the circular drive area at the entrance of Bayfont Park in front of O’Leary’s Tiki Bar. This location received responses: 1,727 votes, or 16.59% of the total responses.

This information is contrary to the City of Sarasota Public Art Committee’s recommendation.

In a meeting on Aug. 5, the City of Sarasota’s Public Art Committee unanimously – all seven members – agreed to recommend that the Unconditional Surrender sculpture be moved from its Bayfront location to the Sahib Shriners on Beneva Road.

The non-profit Sahib Shriners has offered to bear the cost of relocating the statue as well as maintaining the popular attraction indefinitely.

The issue of moving the statue arose in part because it would have to be temporarily relocated at the very least, during the construction of the roundabout, which is destined for US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue.

Sarasota City Commission will consider the Public Art Committee’s recommendation in a future meeting

The statue was erected in 2009 with the condition that it remain at the Bayfront location until at least 2019.

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