The fate of the famous “Unconditional Surrender” statue in Sarasota is that it will remain on the Bayfront.

What You Need To Know

  • Statue has to be moved for road construction

  • Residents were split on the statue's future

  • ABOVE: Watch Gabrielle Arzola's report

It needs to move because construction of the city's new roundabout will interfere in its current location.

Many people wanted the statue gone, claiming the original photo the statue is based on normalizes sexual assault.

But after a lengthy discussion Monday, commissioners decided to keep the statue and move it down the block.

A woman we spoke with says the sculpture is a time capsule for American history.

“I was 14 years old when (World War II) ended, can you imagine, everyone was downtown, hugging and kissing everybody,” said Marjorie Nicholas.

The statue will move to its permanent location by next year