Burn Notice Eviction Not Up for Public Debate, Miami City Commissioners Say

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Briana Saati
The scene at City Hall yesterday.
See Burn Notice: City Commissioners Plan to Evict Production from Coconut Grove.

Miami residents and TV celebrities alike made their way to Miami City Hall yesterday afternoon, curious to see what fate lies in store for the locally produced TV series, Burn Notice. The show has called the Coconut Grove Convention Center its home for the last six seasons.

The show's lease is up in October, and plans to renew it have been a heated subject of debate. TVM Productions, the show's production company, has asked to renew its contract with the city for its seventh and final season if it gets picked up. But city commissioners want the show to relocate in order to move forward with plans to transform the waterfront property into a park that was promised to Coconut Grove residents years in the making.

The show's producer Terry Miller and actress Gabrielle Anwar, who plays titular character Fiona and espionage love interest to Michael, were among the faces that packed the conference hall.

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Briana Saati
"I'm not ashamed," Michael Monroe said of his support for the show.
Supporters of the show turned out to support keeping Burn Notice in Coconut Grove, but Miami City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff dominated the discussion. "I don't think there's anybody up here that has worked harder to get a film industry in Miami than me," Sarnoff said, addressing the negative response he received for his decisions regarding Burn Notice's eviction.

"At 34 meetings...the biggest public participation of anything that occurred here in City Hall, we decided to have a park there...The High Line in New York is the number one tourist attraction in New York, so somebody that doesn't think parks bring any kind of meaningful dollars to the city I think would be wrong," Sarnoff said.

Sarnoff cited no statistics to prove that the High Line park is more profitable or more popular than other New York City attractions, and New Times' research found no evidence to support that claim.

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adam566
adam566

when nothing makes sense in politics, the rule is follow the money. i am sure if miami had investigative journalists, they would find that some vendor or contractor is paying off Sarnoff, with a combination of campaign support or contributions, promises of a good job when he leaves politics, or they are hiring one of his relatives. politicians often hurt the greater good to advance their own careers or bank account, and no dount, this is why burn notice is getting kicked out. maybe the show should hire a PI to find the truth. the idea that a park will bring in revenue from tourists is a load of crap. no one in their right mind kicks out a massive steady, guaranteed, income stream, and replaces it with a complete unknown, unless they have been corrupted.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

"Gabrielle Anwar, who plays titular character Fiona ..."

 

Indeed, she is quite titular.

kelley
kelley

 Soooo, just so I understand the reasoning of the Miami officials. They declared "financial urgency" in a bid to get $40 million in labor concessions from police, firefighters and other union workers, using a Florida law that allows the city to unilaterally alter union contracts. Right? But when you build this park it will be cleaned and kept up by Union city workers, the police will be part of the security and care of the citizens of this park as would the firefighters.  So instead of taking the studio up on their offer to pay more.  The Commission is going to boot them out and hope to make up a short fall by cutting wages and benefits of those that protect them.  Boy, you guys in Miami are screwed if you keep electing this group of yahoos. 

rexartkat_woman
rexartkat_woman

I was at this meeting and Commissioner Sarnoff's attitude was so disturbing. It was more than frustrating to hear over and over again how Grove residents have been begging for a park. I am a Grove resident and I do not recall hearing about any meetings or plans for the park. Of course, I would love a unified green space along the waterfront. It sounds wonderful. But I would like to see plans before we make such a big decision and drive millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs out of our community. Why would one more year hurt? Mr. Sarnoff actually came to my door in November, hat in hand asking for my vote. I mentioned that I would like Burn Notice to continue then and he said nothing about the park. Now that he has been re-elected he has no interest in hearing from me. I voted for him in November, taking him at his word to serve the interests of the Grove residents. I won't be making that mistake again. His desire to make unilateral decisions without public discourse frankly turns my stomach.

Itsmyopinionsothere
Itsmyopinionsothere

Hey City of Miami Have You Voted on any more boondoggles like the Miami Mullet Park. So just how much revenue did you see from CSI Miami shot in California - That would be ZERO.

You Government types are all morons no wonder you elect Rubio

dkgsbdjsg
dkgsbdjsg

Once again the city of Miami shoots itself in the foot. How much revenue does a park generate vs a series like Burn Notice? A cash strapped city will loose out on millions of dollars in sales tax revenue when Burn Notice leaves Miami. It will also impact many local business where Burn Notice buys Gas, Lumber, Paint, Fabrics and clothes , just to name a few. Good Job Miami, this will be the third Series you have chased out of town in the past 10 Years. First it was CSI Miami, then Dexter and now Burn Notice. I

Ron Bronson
Ron Bronson

The difference will be that the high line is COOL

Kristina Villaverde
Kristina Villaverde

Another bad move by Miami. Not only rolling the dice on hundreds of jobs but continuing to remind the film/tv industry that we are nothing more than a palm tree shot and not a place to film full productions. Way to go!

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