City of Miami

Miami Commission votes to take over mural regulation from state

The city of Miami took control of regulating its own mural laws from the state of Florida on Thursday, as commissioners voted to cement a long-sought agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation.

Only Commissioner Frank Carollo voted against the measure, fearing selective enforcement of code violators, he said. It passed 4-1.

It will now be up to the city to make sure murals — essentially large screens with advertising on a building wall — are at minimum 660 feet from a federal roadway, and at least 300 feet from each other. The distance law is less stringent in the city's entertainment district.

Currently there 27 murals hanging in Miami. A city ordinance allows up to 45. But if more than 35 are built, Miami has to split the revenue with FDOT, which the city estimates could be as much as $1.2 million.

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