A motorist who recently bought a street parking voucher from a dispenser near Epicure Gourmet Market in Miami Beach says she was shocked by an advertisement coupon printed on the back of the dashboard receipt.
The coupon on the $1 parking slip was for $5 off pole dancing classes!
“Don’t we have anything better to advertise in Miami Beach,” wondered the motorist, Fort Lauderdale PR maven Terri Lynn. “I did a double take. I thought it was a mistake at first.”
Lynn says she realizes pole dancing, in this case at the SoBe Pole Dance Studio, is as more about working out and aerobics than training for Club Madonna.
Still, says Lynn, that’s not necessarily the image that Miami Beach should create in the minds of tourists.
“I’m not a prude or anything, but if tourists are the ones who park on the streets here, shouldn’t they get ads that push the positive things of Miami Beach?
“A parking receipt could be one of the first things that people see.”
Over-sensitivity, says Miami Beach development coordinator Mariu Emmons.
“The advertisement pays for parking administration,” said Emmons. “We are careful not to accept ads for strip clubs, alcohol and political causes.
“Pole dancing classes are just like pilates or zumba. It’s not obscene, and it helps some people spice things up.”
Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill expects to stay for a while.
Records show Tannehill, 24, and wife Lauren just plunked down $785,000 cash for a for a two-bedroom canal-front townhouse and a boat slip at the Portside Yacht Club in Fort Lauderdale.
The three-story townhouse has its own elevator. And the Tannehills are having the kitchen remodeled.
Incidentally, the lovebirds bought their new crib under the name of their trust, Shine in His Name LLC.
WSVN morning meteorologist Julie Durda shocked her co-workers Friday by announcing she would be leaving the station in December.
Newlywed Durda, who has been part of the top-rated area morning show for four years, did not comment.
But a terse email sent to newsroom staffers says Durda will be “looking for other opportunities” while her “hard work, dedication and positive attitude will be missed.”
Former NFL cheerleader Durda’s tight outfits and curves have fueled testosterone-soaked arguments and discussions on sports talk radio for months.
At CBS4, meanwhile, reporters are reeling as rumors abound that they’re about to be ordered to do away with cameramen on some stories.
An insider told Gossip Extra that reporters may have to film themselves interviewing subjects on some breaking news.
Similar cost-cutting measures have been implemented at smaller television stations but have yet to be fully embraced in Miami.
Finally, good news for once about former local TV personality Lisa Hayward.
The former WSFL morning anchor, whose DUI arrest made her return to TV news unlikely, is pursuing a nursing degree.