Burn Notice: City Commissioners Plan to Evict Production From Coconut Grove

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Burn Notice's future in Miami is uncertain.
See Burn Notice Resumes Filming With a Homestead-Miami Speedway Explosion.

A day in Miami without a Jeffrey Donovan sighting is worse than piss-warm beer on the hottest day in July.

But Miami could be saying goodbye to its TV spy candy. Those high-speed car chases and bikini clad weapons experts? Gone.

City of Miami commissioners notified Burn Notice that once the production's lease ends in October, the hit USA series will have to find itself a new home to film its seventh season.

The Coconut Grove Exposition Center has been home to the series for the last six years.

According to Miami Today, USA Network pays $240,000 to the city every year. During its first five years, the paper estimates, the network spent over $100 million, mostly in Miami, including almost $63 million in wages.

Now, Commissioner Sarnoff wants them to relocate so he can build a park on the waterfront property.

"The money is there, we are ready to go," Sarnoff said about the plans at last week's Miami City Commission meeting.

Building more parks in Miami is a noble goal. But so is bringing vacationers to a city that could really use some incoming tourist dollars. Burn Notice is a nationally ranked, Emmy nominated cable show; last Thursday, it was the top program on cable TV, with a viewership of nearly 5 million. Leah Solokowsky, president of the Film Florida advocacy group, told Miami Today that equivalent exposure in advertising buys would cost $170 million.

Sarnoff said he is willing to help TVM Productions find another filming facility, suggesting the Miami Entertainment Complex, still under development in the designated Media and Entertainment District and purchased by the city from Miami-Dade School Board for $3.1 million. But the complex requires upgrades and renovations in order to house the studio, and moving the show to the new location could cost up to $1 million.

Despite the predicament, the sixth season of the series is maintaining its composure. A spokesperson for USA Network confirmed that the show is currently being shot in Miami with no plans to move.

Fans of the show aim to keep it that way, as Miami lovers and entertainment enthusiasts fight to keep the city's film industry from letting go of such an asset well before its time is up. A "Keep Burn Notice in Miami" Facebook page collects news clippings and photos like the one below, calling for a reversal of the commission's decision.

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Little actors making big dreams come true.
A City of Miami Commission Meeting will be held to discuss the issue on Thursday, July 26, 9 a.m. at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami.

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lodom
lodom

M3 Studios has proposed a solution to USA’s Burn Notice’s possible 7th season eviction from the Coconut Grove Convention Center.  In hopes of maintaining the show’s production in South Florida, M3 is offering its fully-equipped facility as a viable option for relocation. It is easily accessible from all major highways, located 15 minutes from all areas in Miami and is ready to house Burn Notice at the expiration of its lease. M3 Studio’s is a fully air-conditioned, soundproofed, sound- conditioned 7-soundstage facility with lightning grids throughout, built in jails, interrogation rooms, un-used raw spaces, elephant doors to all stages, dressing rooms, make-up rooms, green rooms, full support areas, & plenty of back-lots.  http://www.m3studiosmiami.com/m3-studios-proposes-solution-burn-notice-coconut-grove-convention-center/ 

 

Craig
Craig

get this trashy show outta here! Burn hollywood burn!!!

Catherine Mendoza
Catherine Mendoza

First maintain the great parks that we have and replace the decayed equipments before creating another park ! Then they are asking the show to leave their building... Fucking idiots the show generate a lot of money for Miami! Why do you want to break something that works for Miami! Are you dear politicians going to give them a greater location and move them free of charge? Politicians are dumb, stupid and worseless when it comes to help generate money for Miami but how fast they love to spend it!

lovemy3youngens
lovemy3youngens

Crews, actors and tourists, because of Burn Notice and TVM Productions, are patrons to the  local businesses whose products and services are purchased  which means revenue for those businesses and sales tax revenue for the state of FLorida. It might be different if it was an industry that came in and abused the land, but from my understanding, the CGEC has been made into an very functional studio. 

Grovelover10
Grovelover10

That this is happening is amazing. I looked at the agenda and it wasn't even a discussion item. That the commissioners, especially Sarnoff think this will go away, he is mistaken. The ramifications will live on past the time Mr. Sarnoff isn't reelected. Burn Notice and other film project support the hotels and food spots in the area. Green Street, Jaguar, Mutiny Hotel, Mayfair, CocoWalk will be impacted because the tourist who came to the Grove because of Burn Notice, will be going to Broward.  Having the prestige of a film studio would improve the entire area. May be Mr. Sarnoff would be better off using his influence to help the lower income areas. Because his interest in building a park. Not helping the neighbors. His interest is about his own self interest.

 

The problem with a move is that the location that Mr. Sarnoff has dropped the ball on is woefully inadequate. That there is no other spot in Miami other than the Expo Center is a testament to the true failure of this administration. They have had money and time and blown it. Keep Burn Notice in the Grove!

mistrwrong
mistrwrong

I'm trying to figure out how to blame this on Fidel Castro but am having a hard time.  Can anyone help me out?

zionsouljourner
zionsouljourner

Burn Notice has continuously made money off our community, filming often in the low-income, Historic Bahamian West Coconut Grove.  And they have done nothing to really give back to our community.  I could care less where they go, but if they are going to continue taking advantage of low-income communities, then they can leave!

Ed Ochoa
Ed Ochoa

Just another brilliant idea by our dysfunctional commissioners, does it really surprise anyone?

Derrick Lang
Derrick Lang

Wow. Way to go Miami. I guess LA needs the revenue more, anyways.

Luis Ricardo Lopez
Luis Ricardo Lopez

I would like to thank burn notice for hiring me for 2 days of fill in work and a free Guayabera!

Melvin Mendoza
Melvin Mendoza

They're asking the show to leave a building, not Miami?!? Did everyone just read the headline & 1st paragraph?

Rebecca Chancy
Rebecca Chancy

a Private park?!?!? this I did not know. I don't like private parks. Unless it brings in lots of money to the county... in which case I'll go to Kennedy Park ;)

Vincent Morenza
Vincent Morenza

The park is also going to be private park for an apartment building. Also that area has 2 huge parks with in walking distance.

rebecca.chancy
rebecca.chancy

I don't get it... if they can move it somewhere else in Miami what's the problem. Why not keep all the jobs Burn Notice creates in the new location and get some new jobs going to the creation of the new park if there are the funds needed as stated by Comm. Sarnof in the blog.

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

that smells fishy...they want to stop the tv production so they can make a park? maybe there is some corruption with that park deal

Maurice Linares
Maurice Linares

Miami City Commissioners...still the dumbest politicians that money can buy (sorry Will Rogers!). Coconut Grove needs to be it's own city and those clowns should get a new place to hold meetings on the OTHER side of US1!

Rebecca Chancy
Rebecca Chancy

They're moving it somewhere else in Miami people.. did you not read the entire thing? Why not keep all the jobs Burn Notice creates in the new location and get some new jobs going to the creation of the new park if there are the funds needed as stated by Comm. Sarnof in the blog.

Erin Erin
Erin Erin

Nothing like city commissioners to make a recession last longer! Thanks Miami!

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

wtf is wrong with these city commissioners...

Scott Galvin
Scott Galvin

I wrote Commissioner Marc D. Sarnoff and asked him to put off creation of the park for a couple more years, until Burn Notice can finish its outstanding run!

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

Sarnoff was elected on a strict NIMBY platform.  He is the epitome of NIMBYism.

 

Seriously.........Does Coconut Grove Need another park?

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