Tell City Council that calling a billboard a “Smart Pole” or “Info Kiosk” does not change the fact that it is a billboard and illegal in Coral Gables. Calling a parking garage a “Mobility Hub” doesn’t change the fact that it’s a parking garage and should be Mediterranean architecture. Coral Gables residents do not want the Gables to be Miami.
These new kiosks in downtown are billboards and if they were really informational kiosks then they would have community information like telling people not to litter, show photos of Coral Gables, tell people downtown about the Coral Gables Museum, Miracle Theatre, and Gables Stage, etc. None of this is on there, because it’s just advertising. These billboards do not even show the time and temperature. This is not what a smart city looks like. The fact is these are billboards promoted by lobbyists. Can anyone produce any public resident asking for these kiosk/ billboards?
At a minimum-
Remove all blinking lights on the exterior.
Move these billboards to the back of sidewalk if they are for pedestrians and not distracting cars with ads.
Reduce the size, height and width
Did the kiosk in front of City Hall to before the historic preservation board?
Laws are there to protect the public and you are stewards of the city. Stop trying to circumvent the laws.