Two weeks ago, a Miami blogger was told by a security guard that he was not allowed to take photos of the Miami Herald building, which has been a landmark on Biscayne Bay since 1963.
Since then, a Miami Herald executive told another Miami blogger that they don’t have issues with people taking photos of the building.
They just had issues with people “trespassing” on the sidewalk in front of the building, which they evidently believe is private property.
However, according to Miami-Dade property records, the Miami Herald’s property line begins just inside the sidewalk, making that sidewalk public, as you can see in the screenshots below that show the building enclosed in red with one imaged zoomed in closer than the other.
To see for yourself, click on this link, enter the Folio No.: 01-3231-045-0010 in the appropriate drop-down tab, then zoom in.
Besides, we have seen many businesses claim they own the sidewalk outside their buildings, only for them to be proven wrong.
Naturally, this calls for the Third Annual PINAC Photo Protest where we will converge upon the Miami Herald building this Saturday to determine exactly what location can we legally photograph the building from without getting yelled at by a security guard.
The photo protest will coincide with the Google +_One Year Anniversary Photo Walk taking place in at least 85 cities throughout the world.
Adding to the fun is the fact that I will testing out a new iPhone app that is being developed specifically for citizen journalists in that it allows users to record and immediately store footage to a cloud.
Anybody else joining the protest with an iPhone will also be given the opportunity to test the app on their phones, so we will have a multitude of live streaming videographers recording the action.
From what I understand, it is the next generation of the Qik-type live stream apps.
I will have full details on the app by Thursday, including on how you can watch the photo protest live from your computer from anywhere in the world.
This is how one of the developers is describing it:
It’s an app that automatically saves any video you take with it to the cloud where it’s publicly viewable instantly, sorted by location and time. Open the app and you’re recording in one tap. In most cases, it’s faster to use than the built-in iPhone video camera. This lets people see what you’re seeing as you see it, and be able to jump around between multiple angles of the same event with one click. Even after the event is over, you can go back and watch any video that was taken. We’re creating a way for people to share and be found by virtue of being in the right place at the right time, without having to worry about uploading, titling and tagging videos.
Since my initial article went up, a video has surfaced of a Miami Herald security guard chasing off a teen on a skateboard and his dad from the street in front of the building.
The teen’s father was skeptical, asking the guard whether or not it was a public street, but the guard told him it was private, even though it looks pretty public by the looks of the video.
Miami photographer Larry Shane has also reported that he has been forbidden from photographing the building.
The Miami Herald sold the bayfront property to a Malaysian casino company named Genting for $236 million last year, which means the building will probably be torn down by next year to make room for a mega-resort, so we might as well document a piece of Miami history while we still have the chance.
In 2010, I organized a photo protest at the Miami-Dade Metrorail after security guards insisted that we were not allowed to take pictures, even though county law stated we were allowed.
And in 2011, I organized another photo protest in Fort Lauderdale after police were forbidding photographers from taking pictures of the Rock of Ages movie set from public.
In the two prior protests, security guards and cops did an about-face on their anti-photography stance and suddenly started allowing photography when we showed up with our cameras.
But who knows what will happen this time around.
The protests were never really planned as an annual event, but that is how they have turned out so might as well go with it.
Saturday’s photo protest will also coincide with Mashable’s Social Media Day where a group of my friends will be hosting an all-day event at an art gallery in Wynwood, a neighborhood ideal for a photo walk with endless blocks of graffitied murals created by local artists.
Jim Winters aka Nikon Miami is a veteran of the first two photo protests and has offered to transport us from Wynwood to the Miami Herald in his short bus, which is always a blast.
The social media day event begins at 2 p.m., so I’m thinking we can hop on the bus at around 4:30 p.m., head on down to the Miami Herald, which is only a couple of miles away, shoot some video and take some photos, then head back to Wynwood to photograph some murals, then maybe join the rest of the social media peeps for happy hour.
It will be a day filled with activism, photography, videography, technology, art, drinks and the infamous short bus. What else can you ask for?
The bus will pick us up at 4:30 p.m. at the following address:
2534 N. Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127
If all this sounds good to you, then add your name to the list so I can get a head count. And let me know if you have an iPhone and want to test out the app.
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CARLOS MILLER’S LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
I am immersed in a legal case where I not only want to clear my criminal charges stemming from my arrest in January, but I want to sue the Miami-Dade Police Department for deleting my footage, which I was able to recover.
My goal is to set some type of precedent to ensure this does not happen as often as it does today where cops simply get away with it.
So I’ve created an Indiegogo fundraiser in an attempt to raise $3,500 by July 2 in order to prepare for my July 25 trial.
Also, in an unrelated PINAC matter, I recently went through a hair transplant operation and I’m documenting my recovery on this blog if you are interested. I did not pay for this transplant, which is why I’m promoting the doctor through the hair transplant blog.