The Mall at University Town Center (UTC) in Sarasota is be the biggest, finest and newest fashion/shopping in western Florida.

University Town Center is now open

The Mall at UTC is now open

 

This 880,000 square foot regional shopping center at the interchange of I-75 and University Parkway is now OPEN! With over 100 retail and dinning destinations, the two stories of luxury will be anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s and Dillard’s. Along with high fashion, The Mall at UTC will be bringing some restaurants to Sarasota for the very first time including BRIO Tuscan Grille, The Capital Grille, The Cheesecake Factory, Kona Grill, Seasons 52, and many others.

This new mall is the hype of the town as it is sure to be the new favorite shopping location for Sarasota, surrounding areas, and visitors alike. Updated lists of stores keep making their way onto the web but a few unconfirmed favorites that are word on the street include:
Armani
Gucci
Salvatore Ferragamo
Tiffany’s & Co.
Hugo Boss
Forever 21
Guess
Sony
Urban Outfitters
Lacoste

Others that you can for certain look forward to:
Anthropoligie
Apple
Brooks Brothers
Crate and Barrel
H&M
Lululemon
Mac Cosmetics
Pacific Sunwear
Pottery Barn
Williams-Sonoma

For more information regarding The Mall at University Town Center or anything else that you need to help plan your trip to Sarasota or Siesta Key please feel free to call the friendly staff at Tropical Beach Resorts.

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Siesta Key, Fl 34242
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com
800-235-3493

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Birds, mammals, reptiles, plants and more at Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Flamingos at the Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Flamingos at the Sarasota Jungle Gardens

 

Take a trip over to Sarasota Jungle Gardens where you can experience animals, plants, shows, playgrounds and more. This tropical park contains over 150 native and exotic species including birds, primates (yes, there are monkeys here!), small mammals, lizards, snakes, crocodiles, alligators and more. 95% of these animals are rescued by state or federal organizations from inhumane conditions, and the rest are donated. All are kept in large natural habitats. One of the favorites among tourists are the flamingo. Guests from all around the world marvel at these beautiful bright pink creatures who love the visitors. It is not unlikely that these friendly birds will come right up to you. Another much loved species is the fairly new addition to Jungle Gardens, the prairie dogs. These adorable little animals can brighten anyone’s day.

Alligator at the Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Alligator at the Sarasota Jungle Gardens

While visiting the gardens, make sure to catch the daily bird and reptile shows. Not only are they educational for the kids, but they are also hands on. The after show question and answer sessions include individual interactions with the animals. The family will love getting a picture holding one of these awesome creatures.

Park Hours
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily.
Closed Christmas and Thanksgiving Day
Daily Admission Rates:*
Adult
$15.99
Senior (Age 62 & up)
$14.99
Military (With ID)
$13.99
Child (Age 4-16)
$10.99
Child (Age 3 & under)
Free
Directions
From I-75, take Exit 213 University Parkway West. Turn left on U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) and head south for 2 miles. Turn right on Myrtle Street and head west 3 blocks to Sarasota Jungle Gardens, turn right on Bay Shore Road. Entrance will be on your left.

 

Feel free to contact the staff at Tropical Beach Resorts with any questions about your visit to Sarasota or Siesta Key, FL.

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Siesta Key, Fl 34242
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com
800-235-3493

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Want to mix up your Friday nights this summer in Sarasota with free events?

Friday Nights in Sarasota, FL #SarasotaHotel

Friday Nights in Sarasota, FL #Sarasotahotel

Want to mix up your Friday nights in Sarasota this summer with free events?

 

One Friday a month in the summer the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall holds a FREE outdoor concert called Friday Fest on the Bay that takes place on their bayfront lawn. 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of this gift back to the community for the support Sarasota gives. Although it is widely known to locals, they are not the only ones that get to take advantage of this event. The bayfront lawn becomes filled with both locals and visitors to watch the sunset and take in the free music rain or shine. If bad weather does hit, the festival will be moved to the Grand Foyer.

 

 

 

#VanWezel #SarasotaHotel

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

 

 

On July 25th, August 22th, and September 26th join the free entertainment with a beautiful view. You can enjoy the variety of music from country, jazz, to disco along with food vendors, a full bar, and art displays while relaxing on your lawn chair or dancing by the water. This event can be a great way to start of your weekend visiting the Sarasota or Siesta Key area this summer.

 

 

*All Friday Fest evenings take place from 5 – 9 p.m.*

July 25th : Come Back Alice
Enjoy this bands unique sound called southern gypsy funk.

August 22th: SoulRcoaster
Take a ride with SoulRcoaster through an assortment of music genres including classic rock, pop, jazz, country and disco.

September 26th : Adrian Ray
Listen to this cowboy and his band play a mix between country and classic rock (“Heavy Country”) for the last Friday Fest of the year.

Don’t miss out on experiencing the entertainment, food, full bar and art on display for sale this summer

The Van Wezel: 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL
http://www.vanwezel.org/
For more information, call 941-953-3368 or ask the knowledgeable staff at Tropical Beach Resorts. They are happy to help you in anyway with your visit to Siesta Key, Florida. Let us help you plan the island get-a-way of your dreams!

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242
941-349-3330
Reservations 800-235-3493 –
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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Where will you be watching fireworks this Fourth of July?

Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL Fireworks

Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL Fireworks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your answer is somewhere in beautiful Sarasota then you are doing Independence Day right! Sarasota has parades, fireworks and more to help you have as much patriotic fun as possible on this very special day because, well… AMERICA. So get out your best red, white and blue attire and prepare to plan for your day of celebrating freedom!

Start the morning off at Bicentennial Park watching the infamous Annual Freedom Fest Parade at 9 a.m. This brief celebration and parade will also include food, music, and children’s games.

Bicentennial Park: on the corner of Gulf of Mexico Drive and Bay Isles Road, west of Town Hall at 2730 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 941-383-2466

After you spend the rest of your day at the beach you can make your final destination at Tropical Sarasota Fourth of July at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens starting at 6 p.m. Don’t miss out on the barbeque, popcorn and ice cream to prepare you for the much anticipated fireworks. Bring a chair or a blanket so you can see the spectacular Bayfront Fireworks that begins around 9 p.m.

$20 for non-members, free for kids 11 and under. 811 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota

Would you rather watch the Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular blast off over Sarasota Bay for free? Anywhere downtown including Bayfront Park and Island Park will have a great view. The display is privately funded and charity focused, benefiting Suncoast Charities for Children.

Bayfront Park: 2 Marina Plz, Sarasota, FL 34236

Island Park: 1 Marina Plz, Sarasota, FL, US, 34236

There is another fireworks show in Sarasota on the soft white sand of the number one beach in America: Siesta Key. The 24th Annual 4th of July Fireworks Display and Party shoots fireworks off north of the volleyball courts, so the view is great from anywhere south and along Crescent Beach. Ideal weather conditions will bring about 20,000 to 30,000 to the fireworks, which starts at about 9:15 p.m.

Siesta Key Beach: 948 Beach Rd, Siesta Key, FL, US, 34242

 

Book your stay with Tropical Beach Resorts to have a private beach access just steps from your room to watch the Siesta Key 4th of July Fireworks Display this year.

Tropical Beach Resorts

6717 Sarasea Circle

Siesta Key, Fl 34242

www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

800-235-3493

 

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Where will you be spending Happy Hour on Siesta Key?

You are on vacation, right? Then there is no need to wait until the sun goes down to enjoy a few drinks any day of the week on your trip. Plus, who doesn’t love drink and food specials? Here are a few hot spots Siesta Key Village has to offer. Feel free to bar hop and experience all of them! That’s one of the many wonderful qualities of The Village here, there is plenty to see but all in one manageable size strip of the key, so you can explore it all.

Daiquiri Deck

Daiquiri Deck Happy Hour Specials

Daiquiri Deck Happy Hour Specials

Walking up to the bar here is similar to when you were a kid going to the Slurpee machines at the mini mart that had multiple different flavors. You got so excited that you couldn’t even choose. The only difference here is there are many more delicious flavors and these have alcohol… Which I know while enjoying vacation, we are very grateful for! Kick back, relax, and you will probably even have a live band playing for you in this much loved beach bar.

Happy Hour Specials Everyday 3 pm to 7 pm
$8.00 Domestic Pitchers
$9.50 Premium Pitchers
$2.75 Domestic Pints
$3.50 Premium Pints
2 For 1 Small Daiquiris
2 For 1 Well Drinks
5250 Ocean Blvd
(941) 349-8697 www.daiquirideck.com

 

Siesta Key Oyster Bar “SKOB”

Siesta Key Oyster Bar in Siesta Village

Siesta Key Oyster Bar in Siesta Village

Hop right on over next store from the Daiquiri Deck to the best oyster bar in Sarasota. Hang out on the SKOB patio and choose from over 21 beers on tap along with Domestic, Imports, and specialty-bottled beer and order some seafood while embracing the Island atmosphere.

Happy Hour Specials everyday 3 pm to 6 pm
$7 Dozen Oysters on the Half Shell or Lousiana Crawfish
Late Night Happy Hour
Sundays-Thursdays 10-close
Friday-Saturday 11-close
2-for-1 Draft and Well liquors
5238 Ocean Blvd
(941) 346-5443 www.skob.com

 

 

 

 

The Hub Baja-Grill

The Hub Baja Grill in Siesta Key, FL

The Hub Baja Grill in Siesta Key, FL

If you are a Margarita fan you have found your new favorite Siesta Key bar. Just a block down the road from the two mentioned above you will find Sarasota’s voted number one Margarita and almost all day happy hour! It’s five o’clock somewhere, right?

Happy Hour Specials Monday – Friday 11 am to 6 pm & Late Night Happy Hour 10 pm to close

$5 House Margaritas
$4 House Wines
$3 Well Drinks
$2 Domestic Drafts

5148 Ocean Blvd

(941) 349-6800 http://cottageonthekey.wix.com/hubbajagrill

 

These are just a few suggestions. The Village on Siesta Key has much more to offer! Feel free to call or email the helpful staff here at Tropical Beach Resorts with any other questions. We are also located on the key, so we have plenty of local knowledge to assist you in planning your vacation.

 

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Siesta Key, Fl 34242
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com
800-235-3493

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You probably know that Sarasota is famous for its beautiful beaches, but did you know it is also famous for its Ringling Circus heritage?

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus was a world-renowned show that traveled across the United States, and had its winter headquarters settled in Sarasota. One of the brothers, John Ringling, was a great deal of importance in the modern development in Sarasota. He also bought water front land, which he then built a mansion on and later built a museum to hold him and his wife, Mable’s, collection of Baroque art. It wasn’t long before John became extremely wealthy and bought the American Circus Corporation, thus owning every traveling circus in America. During this time he traveled Europe while adding to his art collection, which is now the couples growing legacy: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art; a unique gem of Sarasota.

 

Ringling Museum of Fine Art in Sarasota, FL

Ringling Museum of Fine Art in Sarasota, FL

Today The Ringling’s beautiful property includes the Museum of Art, Circus Museum, Ca’D’Zan, Historic Asolo Theater and the Bayfront Gardens.

Visiting information-
Open 7 days a week
10:00am – 5:00pm Daily
Thursdays open until 8:00pm; The Museum of Art and & Circus Museum are open after 5:00pm
The Bayfront Gardens are open from 9:30am until 6:00pm

Adult: $25
Senior 65+: $20
Students 18+ w/ID: $5
Child 6-17: $5
Active US Military: $10
Children under 6: No Charge

Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota, FL

Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota, FL

The Circus Museum was created to celebrate the history of the American Circus. When John Ringling made Sarasota the Winter Quarters of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, a great deal of the performers moved to the area. Due to this The Ringling Museum of the American Circus was able to document their history with collections of wardrobes and circus memorabilia, which vastly grew over the years. Today the museum is a family favorite that includes performing props, equipment, circus railroad cars, the film The Life and Times of John and Mable Ringling, and even interactive galleries where you can walk the wire, squeeze into a clown car and have your picture take with a faux tiger.

 

Ca'd'Zan in Sarasota, FL

Ca’D’Zan in Sarasota, FL

The Ca’ d’Zan is the breathtaking mansion that was built for John and Mable Ringling. It is open to the public 10am-5pm, but if you would like to delve deeper into the palace there is also a summer tour special now through Labor Day, September 1, 2014 where you will receive a FREE Guided Tour of Ca’ d’Zan first and second floors when you purchase a Ca’ d’Zan Private Places Tour. Tickets are $20.

 

If you would like to see an affordable show that will make the whole family laugh while visiting Sarasota, then be sure to experience the Summer Circus Spectacular at the Historic Asolo Theater. Experience comedy by Chris Allison, award-winning hand-balancer Christian Stoinev and his canine cohort Scooby, the quick-change magical transformation act of Olga & Vladimir Smirnov, the magnificent “Queen of the Air,” Dolly Jacobs, and more!
Performances are Tuesday – Friday @ 11:00am and 2:00pm
Saturdays @ 2:00pm and 5:00pm
Price:
$15 Adults/$12 Children
When:
Jun 17, 2014 – Aug 2, 2014
PLUS admission to the Circus Museum is just an additional $5 with your Summer Circus performance ticket! Tickets can be purchased in the Visitors Pavillion the day of your show.

The staff at Tropical Beach Resorts is happy to answer any questions you might have on The Ringling or your trip to Sarasota.
Tropical Beach Resorts
800-235-3493
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, Fl 34242
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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What is the meaning behind celebrating Memorial Day?

What is the meaning behind celebrating Memorial Day?

We all love celebrating holidays, the picnics, family gatherings, great food, days off of work or school. But what is the meaning behind Memorial Day?

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Wikipedia says,

Memorial Day is a US Federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the US Armed Forces are remembered. The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May,was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

Annual Decoration Days for particular cemeteries are held on a Sunday in late spring or early summer in some rural areas of the American South, notably in the mountains. In cases involving a family graveyard where remote ancestors as well as those who were deceased more recently are buried, this may take on the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles. People gather on the designated day and put flowers on graves and renew contacts with kinfolk and others. There often is a religious service and a “dinner on the ground,” the traditional term for a potluck meal in which people used to spread the dishes out on sheets or tablecloths on the grass. It is believed that this practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the “memorial day” idea.

Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans

For many Americans, the central event is attending one of the thousands of parades held on Memorial Day in large and small cities all over the country. Most of these feature marching bands and an overall military theme with the National Guard and other servicemen participating along with veterans and military vehicles from various wars.

One of the longest-standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, an auto race which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911.It runs on the Sunday preceding the Memorial Day holiday. The Coca-Cola 600 stock car race has been held later the same day since 1961.

We here at Tropical Beach Resorts love to celebrate holidays, and we love celebrate them with you and your family. So pack up the car and the kids and head to Siesta Key! Have a safe and happy Memorial Day long weekend!

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242
800-235-3493
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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Do I need a car when I visit Siesta Key?

Do I need a car when I come to Siesta Key?

Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Key Beach

This is a very frequently asked question of the guests coming to visit us here at Tropical Beach Resorts. It is really a personal preference depending on what you are planning to do while you are visiting our little slice of island paradise. But here are some tips and facts to help with your decision.

Siesta Key is a 7 mile barrier island off the southern end of Siesta Key. The island is about 11 Miles, or a 20 minute drive from Sarasota Airport (airport code ‘SRQ’). There are all the major rental car companies available at the Sarasota Airport. A taxi ride from the airport is approximately $30-$35. We suggest having the ride set up prior to landing to avoid waiting and ease of transportation. We recommend using the service Night Ride, they have nice town cars and the drivers are knowledgeable of the island and our resort specifically. Check them out at www.newnightride.com or call them at 941-922-0400.

If you are traveling into Tampa Airport or St. Pete/Clearwater Airport, the distance is a solid hour drive. Shuttles are available for around $90 plus gratuity for groups of 2-4. Larger groups will need to secure vans, which are an add’l expense. There are all the major rental car companies at both airports. You have some options here…you can keep the car the entirety of your stay or some people will get one-way rentals and drop them off at Sarasota Airport and then taxi to the hotel. For private cars, check out www.newnightride.com or for shuttle rides, we suggest www.supershuttle.com. The shuttles offer either shared rides, which are a bit cheaper or you can reserve the entire shuttle for larger parties.

If you are at the hotel and you decide you need a car to go on a Sarasota adventure, there is an Enterprise Rent-a-Car right off the island and they will come to the hotel and pick you up. This is good if you only need a car for part of your stay (www.enterprise.com). Nearby attractions include MOTE Aquarium, Selby Gardens, Ringling Museum, Myakka State Park, St. Armands Circle, just to name a few!

Once you are on the island, there are a number of free shuttle services which work on a gratuity-only system. They run from early morning until after the bars and restaurants close. There are a great way to get around the island and not have to worry about parking, which can sometimes be tricky during holidays and on weekends. They will pick you up here at the hotel and then you can just call when you are ready to come back.

 

Sun Ride Pedi Cab

Sun Ride Pedi Cab

There are so many activities within walking distance of the hotel, if you are coming to the island to just kick back and relax, you will be in good shape! There is a grocery store, 7-11, drug store, post office, plenty of shops, restaurants and bars which you can walk to within 10-15 mins or less! And if you are just looking to hit the beach, the rooms are only a minute to three minute walk from the sand. There is a local marina that rents pontoon or motorboats to explore the intercoastal, you can go parasailing, jet skiing, stand-up paddleboarding, biking, the outdoor activities are endless! There is the Siesta Key Village which is 3 miles north of the Tropical Beach Resorts, which has an abundance of other stores, restaurants and bars.

There are also plenty of local restaurants that deliver to the hotel, so you never have to leave the property if you don’t want to. We also have a service that will stock up your room with groceries or other gifts, such as flowers, etc.

Contact the friendly staff here at Tropical Beach Resorts for more information on specifics or other questions you might have! 800-235-3493

 

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, Fl 34242
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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Where can you and your children go for Easter on Siesta Key?

Easter Sunrise Service on Siesta Key

Easter Sunrise Service on Siesta Key

Siesta Key is home to several beautiful churches if you prefer a more traditional service:
St Boniface Episcopal Church
5615 Midnight Pass Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242
www.bonifacechurch.org

St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
5394 Midnight Pass Road
Sarasota, FL 34242
www.stmichaelssiesta.com

Siesta Key Chapel-Presbyterian
4615 Gleason Ave, Sarasota, FL 34242
www.siestakeychapel.org

The Easter Bunny visits Siesta Key!

The Easter Bunny visits Siesta Key!

 

If your little ones are looking for some Easter fun, the 14th Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Games on Siesta Key for kids ages 1 – 6 takes place April 19, 2014. Siesta Key Oyster Bar is sponsoring the event this year. Sign the kids up to this event for face painting, Easter egg hunting, goodie bags, fire truck tours and more family fun; but, do it quick because there are only 125 spots! The festivities will take place at Beach Access point #5 at Beach Road and Ocean Blvd from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Tickets are $10 and each child will receive an Easter Bunny or stuffed toy, goody bag and participate in an Easter Egg hunt for eggs stuffed with prizes. The rest of the family will enjoy the trip to the beach too with trolley rides around the key. So mark the date on your calendar, April 19, and sign up through instructions on this link:  http://www.siestakeyvillage.org/images/pdf/easter_registration_2014.pdf

 

 Tropical Beach Resorts on Siesta Key will have an Easter Egg Hunt at 9:00 a.m on April 20, 2014 for all the kids staying at the resort this Easter vacation!  See the front desk for more information on this! Let the knowledgeable staff at Tropical Beach Resorts suggest more fun activities for kids during your visit to Siesta Key, Florida. Let us help you plan the island get-a-way of your dreams!

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242
941-349-3330
Reservations 800-235-3493 –
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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Could you take our picture on Sarasota’s Bayfront?

A picture with the Unconditional Surrender, the Famous WWII “Kissing Sailor” Statue, is a Sarasota Tradition

The Unconditional Surrender sculpture, the 'kissing sailor' is a great spot for a picture

Make sure to stop by on Sarasota’s Bayfront park to enjoy the art sculptures and get your picture taken!

Looking for a fun side-trip with the perfect picture taking spot? Standing tall and proud on the Sarasota bay front is the 26-foot tall Unconditional Surrender sculpture and getting your picture taken at its feet, kissing or not, is a Sarasota tradition. The statue is located at Bayfront Park, a lovely little peninsula of land at the edge of the downtown area with waterfront restaurants and walking paths. The Unconditional Surrender Statue is a recreation of the famous kissing picture that was on the cover of Life Magazine in 1945, the year of the end of World War II. This statue first popped into the Sarasota scene in 2005 and reappeared in 2009 when a US Navy World War II veteran offered a $500,000 grant to ensure it would stand proud to greet visitors, and as fun and positive to make sure veterans like him would not be forgotten.

Many people stop for their own picture opportunity

Eleven men and three women reported to Life Magazine that they were the infamous kissers of the photograph and more recently the inspiration for the Unconditional Surrender statue. One of these men was George Mendoca, who was identified by the Naval War College in August, 2005 as the kisser by matching his scars and tattoos to those in the photo. This was done by experts at the Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. George’s story leading up to the photograph goes as follows: George was on a date with a cousin to his brother-in-law. This women, Rita, and George had met at a barbecue and George said it was love at first sight. They were at Radio City Music Hall when they heard people banging on the doors from the street screaming that the war is over! With the news that the Japanese had surrendered the two ran out into times square with the rest of the crowds. George laid eyes on a woman he thought was a nurse, grabbed her, leaned her back, and kissed her with everyone standing only feet away. George thought so highly of the nurses who took care of wounded service men that he said grabbing her was just instinctive. The women he thought was a nurse was actually a dental hygienist named Greta Friedman, who dashed from the office when she heard the good news and was unexpectedly dipped into a kiss.

This is the original picture of the 'kissing sailor'

the actual cover on the LIFE Magazine that made history

Another man, Glenn McDuffie alleged in 2007 that he was the subject of the photograph. Houston Police Department’s forensic artist Lois Gibson analyzed the picture for key facial features to match to current pictures. She came to the conclusion that it was indeed McDuffie, who also passed polygraph tests confirming his claim. His story is that he was on the subway to Brooklyn and came out at Times Square where there was immense excitement in the street with the news that the Japanese had surrendered. He realized his brother who was a war prisoner would soon be released. He claims a nurse held open arms to him, so he ran to her and kissed her long enough so that the photographer could take their picture. On McDuffie’s 81st birthday he was recognized as the “Kissing Sailor” during a Houston Astros and New York Mets game at Minute Maid Park. McDuffie passed away just this past Friday, March 14, 2014. More information on McDuffie’s story and more here: http://life.time.com/history/v-j-day-kiss-in-times-square-and-other-celebrations-august-14-1945/#1

Many have claimed to be the 'kissing sailor' in the iconic picture

Many have claimed to be the ‘kissing sailor’ in the Unconditional Surrender sculpture on Sarasota’s Bayfront, but it was confirmed that McDuffie was the real deal!

Looking for local attractions and places of interest? The knowledgeable staff at Tropical Beach Resorts can suggest lots of fun sites to see during your visit to Siesta Key, Florida. Let us help you plan the island get-a-way of your dreams!

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242
941-349-3330
Reservations 800-235-3493 –
www.tropicalbeachresorts.com

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