Statue supporters refuse to surrender


Statue supporters refuse to surrender


Date: June 24, 2009
by: Robin Roy | City Editor


An online petition drive in support of keeping the Unconditional Surrender statue on the bayfront has resulted in more than 250 e-mails being sent to city commissioners.

After an anonymous World War II veteran offered to buy the statue, a Web site called was created.

Rich Swier Jr., the son of the Sarasota County Veterans Commission President Rich Swier, created the site, which allows visitors to sign a petition to show their support.

When someone signs the petition, an e-mail is sent to all city commissioners. As of June 23, there were 266 e-mails in commissioners’ inboxes.

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