The City of Miami, with minimum public announcement, is swiftly moving a major public design decision that will change the face of our City for generations. Our neighborhoods will be surrounded with Las Vegas style lights. It is a massive overhaul of the five-year in the making of Miami 21 for new urbanism. With one new piece of legislation, the City is proposing to alter the way in which this city appears to our residents, our neighborhoods, our businesses and our tourists for decades to come. Massive new bright light LED signage is proposed all over this City, in spite of complex Federal, State and County prohibitions against this type of legislation.
A public hearing has been scheduled before the City’s Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board on Wednesday October 25 at 6:30 pm, on an agenda with nine other matters. Another public hearing is scheduled the next day, Thursday, in front of the City of Miami Commission to adopt the new legislation, which will greatly expand the City’s scope of approval of massive, bright light and LED commercial advertising in Miami, even next to quiet residential neighborhoods. Neighborhoods nearest the Interstates stand to lose the most, because outdoor advertisers want to sell their commercial products in places where motorists are most likely to be stalled—near I-95, near 836 and all other major traffic bottlenecks. These neighborhoods of Overtown, Liberty City, Allapattah, Little Havana, Grapeland Heights, the Roads, and others will be the most disrupted. Needless to say, this City of over 400,000 people, the center of Florida’s biggest metropolis, will never look the same again.