SARASOTA – Sarasota’s three-story smooching sailor statue will remain on the Bayfront and can transfer only a few hundred toes south of its current web site. 

After a tense two-hour public listening to on Monday, commissioners voted 4-1 to settle for the workers’s proposal to transfer the 26-foot-tall “Unconditional Surrender” sculpture to the space between O’Leary’s Tiki Bar and Grill and Marina Jack. The sculpture has to be moved to make room for a deliberate roundabout on Gulfstream Avenue and U.S. 41. 

While preliminary value estimates are hazy, the metropolis is anticipating to fork over at the least $65,000 to the Seward Johnson Atelier agency to transfer the sculpture, plus an extra “quarantine charge” as soon as the shifting crew returns to New Jersey from Florida. Construction of the sculpture’s basis alone may value the metropolis $20,000.