‘Burn Notice’ the best publicity for Miami


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

Read more Speak Up stories from the Miami Herald

  • FIU is thriving, let it continue to do so

    When I drove onto the FIU campus for my job interview in 1981, I thought “what an isolated and barren place.”

Natalie Altman

    The readers’ forum

    Aging gracefully? No way!

    I want to comment on Ms. Gina Barreca’s July 19 Other Views column on aging. She’s writing from the perspective of a 57-year-old woman; I’m 75. My perspective is living the process:

2005: Photograph taken the day Miami Dade School Boatd member Marta Perez met the late Maya Angelou at the 12th Annual 5000 Role Models of Excellence Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Unity Scholarship breakfast. Standing between them is the unidentified boy Perez introduced to Angelou, who died last week.

    Marta Perez: The day I met Maya Angelou

    As time passes, people who impressed us in our youth, and who we associated with immortality, suddenly die. It astonishes us because they were so vibrant in our thoughts. It causes us to reminisce of happy memories associated with them. Such is the case with the passing this week of Maya Angelou.

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category