SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - The City of Sarasota wants more feedback on keeping the “Unconditional Surrender.”
On Tuesday, Rep. Vern Buchanan that the ‘Unconditional Surrender’ statue will stay put. While that appears to be the case, the city had already planned on asking for public feedback.
Buchanan wrote an impassioned letter in defense of the artwork. He then tweeted that he had been contacted by City Manager Tom Barwin.
The city had planned to move the statue during construction of the new roundabout on U.S. 41 and Gulfstream Avenue, but after that, commissioners had not indicated whether the statue would be put back into place.
On Wednesday, the City tweeted a statement saying that although it appeared that keeping the statue appeared to make up the majority of public sentiment, they wanted to open up a conversation with the public.
In 2019, the statue was vandalized with the words #MeToo at the height of the anti-sexual harassment and sexual assault movement.