When I first heard about Miami Commission Chairman Marc Sarnoff trying to evict Burn Notice from the Coconut Grove Convention Center, I thought it was a joke, but it’s not.
Last year my wife, CJ, the grandkids and I drove all the way from South Central Texas to Miami to watch Burn Notice being filmed. My grand-daughter saw Bruce Campbell taking a break and asked for a picture with him. Campbell, security personnel and all of the crewmember were extremely nice, and my granddaughter said, it “made my vacation.”
When I apologized for interrupting his break, Campbell nonchalantly said: “No problem! If it wasn’t for good people like you and your family watching our show and coming out to watch us shoot, I wouldn’t have a job, let alone all of these other people you see running around here.”
This was in July 2011, before all the talk of evicting Burn Notice. The reason I make this point is that Campbell was being a phenomenal ambassador for the city of Miami way before any of the eviction talk. I wonder how many other families have had the same wonderful experience my family had, and I wonder where they drove in from: New York, Ohio, Michigan, Georgia?
Some of my relatives who still live over on the west coast of Florida come across Alligator Alley and show off Miami, including Coconut Grove and the set of Burn Notice on a regular basis when guests visit. We plan to travel back to Miami soon to see if we can catch Burn Notice shooting again.
Unfortunately, the camera with the pictures of Campbell and my granddaughter was lost, and she is heart broken; however, I know if we are able to track them down again Campbell, Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Sharon Gless, Coby Bell and the crew will be the great ambassadors of Miami again.
However, this time my son-in-law, daughter and the other two grandchildren have made us promise to take them too. Please keep Burn Notice in Miami.
Mike Yearty, Hewitt, Texas