Cya Michael Westen, It's been nice
There were a lot of Burn Notice fans in the audience, at City Hall, they were in favor of Burn Notice staying, of course, having assumed that they would be heard, but it was not an item on the agenda and no one in the audience was allowed to talk. It started out as a protest, announced last week by a fan, and maybe some folks assumed it was a hearing.
Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones spoke on the issue, about 3 pm, saving the folks in the audience from hanging on all day and night to hear what they wanted to hear. Only of course, it wasn't what they wanted to hear.
Spence-Jones assured the Burn Notice folks in the audience that all five commissioners on the dais were in favor of Burn Notice being relocated. She apparently changed her mind from her perspective last time. She said that the independent studio in Wynwood would be used for the proposed transition. "We respect each others' [commission] districts," she went on to say. Which meant that Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, whose district Burn Notice is in, wants Burn Notice out, so apparently she and the other commissioners have decided that's that.
She went on to say, "We may not understand the reasoning for this, but the Coconut Grove residents want a park." So she was thrown under the bus last time by Sarnoff and this time, she threw the Coconut Grove residents under the bus, stating that we all want a park instead of Burn Notice, where I honestly don't see this to be the case.
"I have heard people say there is going to be a private park on the property, for one of the condos, nothing can be further from the truth," said Sarnoff.
He went on to say, "There will be a park, a very well thought out park, and yes commissioners, we have $1.8 million dollars," put aside for the park.
He said that he received many nasty emails calling him a crook and being in people's pockets. Most came from the film industry. Most of the emails he said were well thought out and polite, but quite a few were nasty and rude and called him names. I do feel you get more flies with honey, but to be honest, this was a lost cause and I didn't want to throw water on people's hopes, but once it is said to be a done deal like at the last meeting, that's it.
According to Sarnoff, producer of Burn Notice, Terry Miller and Marc Sarnoff will hash it out alone. It will not be a public discussion. He doesn't even want Fox TV involved in the discussions. With that, the commissioners took a break.
Sarnoff did say that he doesn't read blogs, so guys, save your nasty comments. The deed is done. The folks that rely on the business that Burn Notice brought to town remain silent, when the hotels, restaurants and other places don't see that cash coming in anymore, then maybe they will stop being the silent majority and start speaking up. They are the ones being hurt, not the fans.
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