A walkable downtown filled with both new and old characterises Sarasota. The city center fronts the harbor, bordered with a large park and a huge marina It is a grand area for a stroll, shopping at unique retailers, and sampling restaurants. There is even a full service, upscale supermarket downtown. Interesting, fun place.
Remember the Marilyn Monroe sculpture in Chicago? The artist is Seward Johnson. One of his sculptures stands in Sarasota also - The Kiss, from a photo taken on D Day in New York. Johnson's work created the most controversy among the citizenry ever experienced in this town. Many felt it to be hideous and shouted for its removal. Others saw it as patriotic and a work of art. Hearings were held. City Council meetings were jammed. It was to be a traveling display, visiting a number of cities. A local resident, a WW II veteran, settled the argument by purchasing the statue for $500,000 and giving it to the city. It still adorns the waterfront park downtown.
Makes one wonder about the level of controversy if the skirt-blowing sculpture of Marilyn Monroe had been placed in Sarasota.