Sarasota, Florida: Unconditional SurrenderThe Big Smooch has been a controversial addition to Sarasota; folks either hate it or love it.
Unconditional Surrender: The public spooners were in Sarasota, Florida, in 2005, then moved 3,000 miles to San Diego, California, in 2006. Now they've returned east to Sarasota, and this time their Florida fans hope that it's for keeps. [10/22/2008] Complete Story...
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Visitor Tips and News About Unconditional Surrender
The giant statues hit by a car and damaged in April were returned to their location on Tuesday. Their return was delayed by Hurricane Sandy. I like the statues, and can't believe some of the comments in the local paper by those who don't like them, and their disrespect for the World War II generation and veterans.[B Carter, 12/07/2012]
Ironically, the statue repair was delayed by a hurricane, but not a Florida hurricane. Sandy swamped the statue repair shop in far-away New Jersey.
A car drove across the highway and ran smack dab into the statue. It shattered the leg of the sailor and made many cracks in the Sailor and the Nurse. The statue has been taken down to be sent for replacement or repairs. There seems to be speculation as to whether or not it will return to that spot.[Save Our Sarasota, 05/15/2012]
The car was a Mercedes Benz, driven by a person who reportedly was chatting or texting on their phone. A three-foot hole was knocked in the sailor's right leg. The statue was trucked to New Jersey for repairs, and then returned to its spot in early December 2012.
Gigantic statue seems to appear out of nowhere! Very funny scene. Good photo location and near St. Armands Circle.[Mary, 08/02/2010]