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Ocean Beach photographer Michael Realpeople gathered an estimated 50 couples and onlookers at the Embarcadero on the morning of February 18 to reenact the kiss that inspired the 25-foot-tall "Unconditional Surrender" statue.

Many art lovers vowed to petition the Port District to allow for a fundraising campaign to seek support for a bronze cast replica of the statue to be permanently erected near the U.S.S. Midway Museum site.

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Gail Powell Feb. 19, 2012 @ 8:22 a.m.

Thanks to everyone who made this event happen. At first the Port District was messing around with photographer Realpeople and telling him that a "Port Permit" was required for a planned gathering of more than 20 people. Fortunately, it was the start of a long, President's Day holiday weekend that only the overly-entitled, pension- rich city and county employees get paid to take off.

Thus the ability to acquire a permit was not going to happen and now that the word was out among Facebook, Yelp, the Reader, and other news sources that the "Kiss-Off" was on, the Port acquiesced.

The couples (of all ages) who were making out for the camera seemed to be genuinely thrilled to kiss for the many photographers and media on scene. Even the singletons like myself seemed charmed with the romance of it all. Here's hoping the SD Port District will get it together, along with some local institutions and fund-raisers to cast the "Unconditional Surrender" in bronze and make it a permanent addition to our water front area.

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