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CRESPOGRAM REPORT

JULY 25, 2013

THE MOST FLAGRANT VIOLATION OF ALL TIME
THE FABRIC BILLBOARD ON THE CITY OF MIAMI’S MRC BUILDING

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Today, the Miami City Commission is expected to approval a deal that would remove them from under the control and supervision of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) when it comes to the placement of billboards and what are described as murals on the sides of buildings.


To accomplish this goal, the City has made the FDOT an offer they cannot refuse.  They plan to split the revenue that the city collects as permit fees for these billboards and murals, which according to an article in the Miami Herald is about $3 million a year.


So, to allow the City to plaster these signs alongside I-95, I-395, SR112, and SR 836 the FDOT will supposedly end up with $1.5 million dollars.


Somehow, that doesn’t seem like a whole lot of money for the city.


Granted, the city continues to teeter on the verge of financial calamity, but there are obviously ways to collect $1.5 million dollars that would offset these permit fees, if the City Commission was even mildly interested in remove the visual pollution created by some of these billboards and murals.


So, what is the real reason that more and more billboards and murals show up every year?  Why has there been such an all out, concerted effort to increase the number of these billboards and murals all throughout the city?


The city might not be making a whole lot of money, but the advertising companies that have the exclusive contracts from the city to put up these billboards and murals throughout the city are making assloads of money.


Which leads to the question of whether the measly $500 campaign contributions that the Mayor and the 5 Dwarfs have collected from these companies and their employees are the only thing they’ve collected?


This is Miami, after all, and the rumors of payoffs - everything from bags of cash to airplane trips for fancy dinners in other cities - have been whispered about now for the last few years.


What hasn’t been whispered, but has been right out in the open, is what Jacksonville lawyer Bill Brinton, one of the premier experts on billboards and murals in the country wrote about in a letter to the top people at the Federal Highway Administration on July 24th.


It has to do with the placement of the murals on the west wall of the MRC building that faces I-95. 


Rather than repeat what Brinton wrote, I recommend that you take the few minutes required to read his letter.  It is a pretty amazing document, and contains information that I never really knew or considered.


Given that yesterday Miami was named The Most Miserable City In America by Forbes magazine, this letter only goes to provide a reason for the Mayor and members of the Miami City Commission being named the Sorriest Fucking Excuses For Public Officials In America”

It’s Miami, Bitches!