The Miami City Commission today is expected to approve developer Mark Siffin’s plan to build parking garages topped with high-rise digital billboards near the Adrienne Arsht Center at the west end of the Venetian Causeway, and opponents of the fast-tracked plan are rumbling about challenging the legality of the project.
The LCD towers would cast bright lights for a great distance. That’s good if you want to illuminate a high-crime area; less good if you are trying to sleep in condo close by. A City Redevelopment Agency report said the towers would cast an “offensive glare,” something that has led to some opposition from Venetian Island homeowners.
Another big question is whether other government entities with authority over signs and billboards will move to block the proposal. The proposed ad towers appear to contravene federal, state and county laws that sharply limit the size, use and location of commercial signs.