Regalado Files Legislation To Block Innovation Tower, Vote Scheduled For Next Week

Mayor Tomás Regalado is trying to block Michael Simkins’ Miami Innovation Tower, but it is unclear if he will be able to.

Regalado has placed several pieces of legislation on the Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board and City Commission agendas next week. They propose to transfer the authority to approve the media tower from the Southeast Overtown/Park West CRA chief to the commission. A separate piece of legislation would place a city moratorium on new permits for Media Towers for 120 days, which would give the city time to rewrite the rules.

Simkins already applied this week to Miami’s building department for permits to install electronic billboards that will cover the towers. His lawyers say that even if Regalado’s legislation is approved, it wouldn’t apply, since the permits are already being processed.

The Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board will review Regalado’s legislaion on June 23, followed by the city commission on June 25. The CRA is scheduled to review the tower on June 29.

Simkins told the Herald that he hopes to begin work in June of 2016.

 

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Anonymous
6 years ago

Anybody trying to block the innovation tower is an enemy of progress, diversity and promoting downtown

Marc305
6 years ago

That pretty much describes Regalado.

Danny
6 years ago

Put it in your backyard and tell me how you feel.

Anonymous
6 years ago

If your backyard is in the city then you should move to the suburbs. Your like the individuals that complain additional rail service will diminish there way of life when when they bought a house that backs up to a rail line.

Marc305
6 years ago

That is the difference between you and I. I would not mind it all, that is why man created blackout shades.

Danny
6 years ago

An enemy of progress? So if anyone raises an opinion, your automatically an “enemy”.

Get real.

MrDreTheOne
6 years ago

I wish Regalado would move his @$$ as swiftly to promote legislation that actually improves the city…not oppose the revitalization of a part of town that is beyond dead. Who’s view exactly is this going to “contaminate”? Its a striking space age-looking tower! Is this tower going to block those gorgeous vistas of the Overtown projects? The people living around there should be thankful they’ll have something to actually look at other than homeless people and desolate fenced-in lots.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Lets not direct this at the less fortunate residents of overtown. Not their fault the city puts no money into their neighborhood,

Anonymous
6 years ago

Ive been listening to people comments about the tower and to be honest i dont think it will be as bad as people make it out to be. Miami is just the type of place afraid of growth and new things for some reason. Miami needs more projects like this to bring real business here. I dont want us to be known as I party city I want us to also be known as a place you can move your company to. Think about it most buildings downtown are residential towers, hotels or banks. We need some fortune 500 companies moving in to town like New York or Chicago bringing high paying jobs. What we have a bunch of places and things for the rich but pay the residents pennies. Because of the type of city we are these companies wont take us serious until we take us serious and build the infrastructure to move in these big companies with high paying jobs. So I believe in Mr.Simkins vision and the damn tower wont blind us look at some of these other cities with multiple billboards and no complaints while we bitch about one.

GyroMeat
6 years ago

Can we replace the big paperclip ARQ designed at Bayside with this??

Anonymous
6 years ago

Put it on your back yard are you serious. Thats downtown and that back yard is a slum. What there developing is something beautiful and will bring millions to the area.

Alan Leon
6 years ago

Mr Simkins has a great vision for our city. He understands that it takes innovation to capture economic strength. Our city is growing and must appeal to a global pallet and perspective to attract new industries and opportunities to of citizens. It always been my understanding to go towards the light and not blinded by it. Innovation district is the first step to a greater city of Miami.

Anonymous
6 years ago

“LED billboard towers are just ads 24/7 intended to harass residents and tourists. Pure visual blight.”

Ha!…that cracks me up. Talk about feeling harassed, I can say the same thing when I go to my mailbox on a daily basis and find it “stuff” with advertisements from various businesses…and everyone knows that stuff can really pile up on you! And how can tourist feel “harassed” about something flashing ads when it was “ads” being used about Miami that got them interested in visiting the city in the first place?

I know I know, go ahead and say it, “but but but”……yeah yeah yeah……….

Anonymous
6 years ago

The tower IS a vulgar slab of ugly….but that is not the real problem with this scam. The never-built-anything fake developer with more money than sense or knowledge speaks about providing places where technology related companies (he glibly mentions Google and Facebook as examples) as thought there is any chance whatsoever any real technology company would ever have any desire to be housed in this godforsaken fraud. Let him produce some non-binding Letters of Interest from some real technology-related companies before the City lets him do anything…..and before the press gets conned into writing about him again…..

Really???
6 years ago

Sounds like he’s doing more than that.

“According to Simkins, the “verbal understanding” with 500 Startups calls for the organization to open an accelerator for top Latin American startups in one of the existing buildings on his property, possibly as early as this fall, with the goal of moving to a new tower when complete.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article25119775.html#storylink=cpy

Tourists hate billboards
6 years ago

The four states that ban all billboards are four states that derive a large percentage of their economies from tourism. Educated leaders know tourists, and residents, hate billboards. Tourists do not visit Miami to be harassed by visual pollution. Tourists want to see nature, the beach and sometimes the Everglades.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Tourists seem to like Times Square and Hong Kong.

Those states are mostly known for their nature. World-class cities are a bit different, and this is in the city, not the beach or Everglades. Why don’t you just go to Lake Walden to get in touch with nature?

Scenic America
6 years ago

The largest Tourist attractions are urban destinations such as Times Square(50M), Las Vegas Strip (45M), Union Station DC (38M), Disney World (20M),Faneuil Hall (19M), Notre Dame in Paris (15M), Epcot Center (13M)…etc. The Everglades got 1.3M in 2014, Miami Beach about 14.5M and mostly because of the urban attractions. Furthermore, The Miami Innovation Tower will not be seen from Biscayne Blvd because the 700 foot towers on Biscayne that block it which also mean that it will not be seen from Miami Beach as well. Lasly, the tower will not be seen from 25 miles away as so falsely stated by Scenic Miami who has absolutley no science to back their claim. They dont have information on the foot candles or the pixel pitch or NITS on the tower which would in fact determine the viable distances of visibility. The Miami Innovation Tower will be in the Entertainment District of Miami, its that were digital displays belong rather than on Highways?

Fredric
6 years ago

All those states also have small (Hawaii) or very small populations, unlike Florida which has 20 million+ people and is growing remarkably fast. Also, an LED billboard on the side of a skyscraper in the downtown of a big city is not the same thing as an old-fashioned, four post, often tattered and torn billboard amongst the trees on the side of an interstate highway in a rural area.

Anonymous
6 years ago

thats not true tourist do like the flash of billboards like New York or Vegas how do i know this because im a tourist and find it attractive depending on where its at. Understand this if he gets away with this tower it will be in the downtown area appropriate for the area. Imagine this tower in the new innovation district it makes sense and not out of place. The tower would be innovative itself with office towers around not homes or condos because it will be facing the interstate not and homes, hotels, condos, etc. I really think Simkins is on to something an I dont understand people cant see his vision for what it is.

Scenic America
6 years ago

People are fighting billboards in every city in the United States. Already four states ban billboards completely. Tourist favorites Vermont, Maine, Alaska and Hawaii all ban billboards. See website for Scenic America for the straight scoop.

suomynona
6 years ago

Should New York City and Tokyo ban “billboards” and digital advertisement? Or do they help promote and define certain neighborhoods and districts within those cities?

Progress for Overtown
6 years ago

Scenic America, you should live in the desolate Vermont, Maine and Alaska and be one with nature and leave cities to create jobs and innovation for a world that wants the masses to congregate and want to be at. Wouldn’t that be a model od sustainability? If Vermont, Maine, Alaska and Hawaii had billboards, that would be a blight to those locations to which the Moose and Caribu may not even care. Miami is a hub city and a gateway to the Americas that celebrate diversity. Simkins vision for the tower is complelely misrepresented by the press that have not looked at the merits and most certainly misunderstood by Regalado. Simkins is proposing scaled sizes per each face of the 3 sided kinetic tower that are well above the ground level. His vision is artistic and akin to being a light scupture that can be used for civic messages, amber alerts, education and art content and appropriate commercial messages. It will not show videos and the longest stretch in height is 300 feet by under 100 in width. Regalago championed and had approved 2 towers that had LEDs in excess of 400 feet with widths over 100 feet 5 years ago that planned on motion graphics and videos. Those towers were designed as giant bill boards and the real public benefit was a garage below that provided free parking to the Arsht Center because the polititians for both the County and City didnt have the foresight nor managerial skills to secure parking because of their cost overruns. That developer, Mark Siffen cut his lopsided deal with Regalado who is now impossing restrictions on a deal he has nothing to do with nor could because of the way the zoning was written to benefit the impoverished community of Overtown. When has Regalado done anything for Overtown, Liberty City or any other black community in Miami? Simkins envisions an Innovation District closer to what Detroit, Philadelphia, Boston, St Louis are all undegoing to embrace the new economies and to push for new innovation, new technologies here in Miami. Those said Innovation districts are in fringe neighborhoods just outside the CDC, close to teahing hospitals and close to convention centers. Simkins formula is the formula of progress and his proposed location will not block scenic views.

Lover of beauty
6 years ago

LED billboard towers are just ads 24/7 intended to harass residents and tourists. Pure visual blight.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Much like your comment.