Monday, December 17, 2007

A little bit of censorship on the Beach

The Miami Beach City Commission voted to prohibit plastic-wrapped food displays at restaurants along Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road not because of a health hazard, but because "City Hall had heard from many businesses and residents who wanted the food displays gone because they created a tacky image" according to City Manager Jorge Gonzalez. I can understand outlawing something because it is dangerous or if it causes a public nuisance, but because it's tacky? I'm all for good taste, but this is a little much, almost totalitarian in its quashing of culinary expression. I hope the tacky restaurants along Lincoln and Ocean fight this. And bring along plastic-covered samples to the trial.

Miami Herald article

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