Had there been a public poll before Sarasota’s Public Art Committee voted Aug. 12 to reject accepting $500,000 to keep “Unconditional Surrender” on the bayfront, probably no one would have expected the committee to approve. Come on, we all know how Sarasota works: If it’s good, don’t do it.
Rich Swier, president of the Sarasota County Veterans Commission, who lobbied at the committee meeting for the statue, pegged the situation perfectly, when he told a Sarasota Observer reporter: “They voted to suit their own personal views of art. They just blew off the people of Sarasota.”
It’s not over, however. The Sarasota City Commission will have the final say next month.
Supporters of the statue should never surrender. This battle can be — and should be and will be — won.
Let’s get over the discussion of whether the statue is art. Instead focus on all of the positives it has created for the city.
We’re not the first to note this, of course, but it’s the best reason for keeping the statue on the bayfront: It draws people to the bayfront, and it makes them happy.
Keep it on the bayfront. All it needs is a spiffed-up setting, with appropriate landscaping that makes it even better and easier for tourists to visit, enjoy and snap their pictures of lasting memories.
Currently 0 Responses
17 Night of Fish, Fun & Fright
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
18 Jewels on the Bay Showhouse
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tiny trio tours safety facilities
Commissioner Lynn Larson’s three grandchildren, Zander, 9, Zora, 8, and Zoe Ramsey, 5, got a close-up look at what Longboat Key police and firefighters do to keep residents safe earlier this month, during a tour of the police and north fire stations.
Mar Vista dollars to benefit local teen
Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub’s walls and ceiling are covered with dollar bills, signed and decorated by patrons. Every few years the restaurant removes the bills for a good cause.
'We Are The Marines'
That is how Maj. Brian Dix introduced “The Commandant’s Own” U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps July 4, at Avery Fisher Hall.