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Thursday, May 22, 2014

It's gone

Notice something different in this picture? The Van Wagner digital sign is gone.

Commissioner Marc Sarnoff's office felt that it didn't belong there. His office argued back and forth with the building department and Van Wagner, the sign company, even though they had a permit to have the sign there. Van Wagner is a big shot in the sign biz, and this one small sign may not amount to much for them, but they wanted the sign to stay. The city dug up the streets and put a lot of time, money and effort into planting that sign right on Grand Avenue at Virginia Street. But it was finally removed.

The sign rules have changed over the years, but an agreement that went back to 1988 or 1989 says thta this type of digital sign does not belong in Coconut Grove, due to the Grove's historic streets.

The agreement against this type of sign never made it in writing onto the city's sign contract, but it was mentioned in public at a commission meeting back then.

"It wasn't an easy thing to find," said Ron Nelson, Sarnoff's chief of staff, talking about the proof in the old transcripts. They literally had to go through microfilm transcripts of the commission meeting from when the order was stated against this type of sign. It took time and work, but they went out of their way to come up with the proper documentation in the form of a transcript. No internet here, they dug through the actual microfilms. There's a lesson there too - what is said in public at a public meeting is binding. Good for that. 

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That damn Sarnoff one, taking our signs down. Doesn't he know that taking down modern signage is ruining the look of the new up to date looking Grove.

I can't wait to vote him and his cronies out of office and so forth.

I wonder if everyone here who made anonymous accusations against Commissioner Sarnoff would now like to use this platform to say Thank you for helping remove this ugly travesty from Grand Ave.

May 22, 2014 6:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 6:09 Common decency or even common sense should compel a few positive responses from those anon's who constantly blast Mr. Sarnoff, but probably not.

Jobie Steppe

May 22, 2014 8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marc Sarnoff made the motion to allow Clear Channel to install 25+ massive illegal LED billboards. He made the motion to allow a 500' structure in the OMNI District to support multiple illegal LED billboards. In addition, it was Sarnoff who approved 3-4 illegal LED billboards on Watson Island. Don't forget, it was Sarnoff who pushed for more massive billboards on buildings which are being installed now. Hate your views of billboards in Miami? Sarnoff's your man.

May 22, 2014 10:22 AM  
Blogger Tony Scornavacca Jr. said...

Good news and Good reporting, Grape.

May 22, 2014 10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarnoff does nothing out of decency or respect or pride for the common good; only things that can benefit him (most likely Mrs. Sarnoff in this case) down the road. So let's all bask now in the few & far between good deeds he will do in hopes of bringing the Sarnoff name out of the muck just enough to get his wifey elected next. These good deeds with alterior motives will unfortunately receive praise & votes from those who's brains have been fried or just don't understand these very cunning political strategies.

May 22, 2014 10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

His wife is going to run? Holy crap and God save us all

May 22, 2014 4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see this gone...

Related to this, I've seen many more go up on Coral Way. I took a picture of one that is blocking maybe 90% of the sidewalk. Basically a stroller, wheel-chair, or cyclist needs to get on the street to bypass it. Wish I could post it here..


May 22, 2014 4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Van Wagoner is one of Sarnoff's biggest campaign contributors. Van Wagoner has all the ad panels at bus stops, almost all the billboards on buildings and they plaster ads on anything greedy politicians let them get away with. Wink and a nod. Remove one LED sidewalk billboard in the Grove? Install 10 on Biscayne Blvd. Wink and a nod.

May 22, 2014 7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Sarnoff has the "POWER" to accomplish what you folks suggest and imply in this blog, in his territory I suggest we elect him to be president of the UNITED STATES to make this world a better place! OR, beat another dead horse. Jobie Steppe

May 23, 2014 7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's true that it "APPEARS" the City of Miami violated several Federal, State & County sign codes with the installation of the extremely large bill boards & signage on downtown buildings. However all municipalities MUST obtain revenue for services, which these signs produce - - - and they don't hurt anyone, so don't look up & keep your eyes on the road ahead & drive safely.

May 24, 2014 10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sign is back! Saw it last night.

May 24, 2014 3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 10:49 AM
Van Wagoner pays not a penny for hundreds of billboards at bus stops. The City gets not a penny in revenues from the billboard panels. Sarnoff gets campaign contributions.

May 24, 2014 4:43 PM  

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