The Hover Arcade, more familiar in later years to Sarasotans as City Hall, was put up in1913 by Dr. W. E. Hover from Ohio. He bought the pier from Harry Higel, who had offered it to the city for $5,000 but was turned down. Dr. Hover put $20,000 into the project, extending the pier and erecting the archway building at its entrance. One wing was designed for a moving picture house, the other housed Dave Broadway's restaurant and ice cream parlor. Four years later the city did buy it for a City Hall. It was unfortunately demolished in 1967. The Sarasota Bay Front Entrance Monuments built in 1992 were designed after the Hover Arcade.
July 28th, 2015
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