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Puerto Rico flag mural must go due to lack of permit, Miami officials tell restaurant owners

By Lukas Mikelionis



































Celebrity owners of a new restaurant have been told by Miami city officials to undo the work of a famed artist who painted the building

as the flag of Puerto Rico because the owners didn’t apply for a permit. (Instagram/Julián Gil)

Celebrity owners of a new restaurant have been told by Miami city officials to undo the work of a famed artist -- who decorated the

building with the flag of Puerto Rico -- because the owners didn’t apply for a permit.

La Placita, a restaurant owned by Latin American television star Julián Gil and celebrity chef José Mendín, was supposed to open

Friday, celebrating Puerto Rican culture and its cuisine.

As an homage the owners’ Puerto Rican roots, they commissioned Puerto Rican-born artist Hector Collazo Hernández to paint the
building as the Puerto Rican flag. The project attracted attention, with Miami Mayor Francis Suarez making a stop to observe the unique
spectacle, the Miami Herald reported.

But the grand opening was ruined after Miami city authorities deemed that the

painting was illegal because the building sits in the MiMo Biscayne Boulevard
Historic District. That means the property is subjected to stringent rules in an
effort to preserve the area's distinct and historical architecture.

“I’m a huge fan of murals, and street art is awesome. But there’s a place for that and this is not a place for that,” MiMo homeowner

Alisa Cepeda told the Herald. She’s also president of the volunteer MiMo Biscayne Association, which participates in meetings
concerning the preservation of the neighborhood.

"I’m a huge fan of murals, and street art is awesome. But there’s a place for that and this is not a place for that."

— MiMo homeowner Alisa Cepeda
Yet the owners argue that their restaurant building should be exempted from the rules as it was built in 2009 and in a different style

from other historical buildings in the area. During their assessment of the building they reportedly managed to confirm that the building
isn’t considered historic.

The owners also obtained a special-event permit to paint the art without

being told their mural could break any other local laws, they
said, the newspaper reported.

“Applicant is authorized to conduct artistic painting of mural at the above

l
isted location,” reads the permit signed by the Miami police.

City officials insist the owners of the restaurant were supposed to propose

the mural idea before a historic city planning board and
allow for a review of the plan – something they hadn’t done.

"They are not in compliance. It’s now a code compliance issue."

— Vickie Toranazo, a historic preservation planner for the city of Miami
“They are not in compliance,” Vickie Toranazo, a historic preservation planner for the city of Miami, told the newspaper. “It’s now a code
compliance issue.”

The restaurant now has 30 days to address the mural, with the most likely outcome being painting it over and restoring the building to

its original color, city spokeswoman Stephanie Severino said.

“We don’t want to break the law because we’re not above the law,” La Placita’s CEO Joey Cancel said. “What I hope is that there can be

a middle ground, something that works for everyone.”

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Julián Gil sobre bandera boricua en Miami: “Hemos sido víctimas de actitudes racistas”

 

El modelo y actor habló del revolú con la pintura de una bandera boricua en su nuevo restaurante en un área histórica.
Víctimas de actitudes racistas. Así reaccionó hoy el modelo y actor Julián Gil ante la posible remoción de la bandera boricua que pintó
en su nuevo restaurante en Miami, La Placita, que ubica en una zona histórica.

Y es que, luego de haberla plasmado, residentes y propietarios de la zona le han pedido a la Junta de Preservación Histórica y
Ambiental que se remueva, alegando que viola los códigos de MiMo Biscayne.

“Como puertorriqueño y latino hemos sido víctimas de un ataque sin escrúpulos en contra de nuestra comunidad con actitudes
racistas”, le expresó Gil a Primera Hora en una comunicación enviada a través de su publicista Alberto Navarro.

El actor se unió al renombrado chef José Mendín para hacer realidad un plan que se estuvo cuajando por 20 años. La pintura estuvo a
cargo del muralista Héctor Collazo, quien ha pintado la bandera puertorriqueña en varios pueblos del País.

“Esta obra de arte, la cual es parte de la fachada de La Placita, se realizó con todos los permisos en regla, los cuales fueron otorgados
por la Ciudad de Miami”, explicó.

No obstante, residentes y comerciantes del lugar le explicaron al Miami Herald que el permiso que poseen debe ser posterior al aval de
la junta de preservación.


Harán todo lo posible


Gil aseguró que intentará a toda costa de que la bandera, que tuvo un costo de unos $25,000, permanezca en su restaurante, el cual a
pesar de tener programado su apertura ayer, viernes, la misma fue aplazada.

“La diáspora puertorriqueña se siente muy indignada por las actitudes racistas de borrar nuestra bandera. Haremos todo lo que esté en
nuestro alcance para defender la monoestrellada y evitar que la quiten #NoBorresMiBandera”, indicó.

Los medios locales han reseñado, sin embargo, que tanto el CEO de La Placita, Joey Cancel, como la presidenta de la Asociación MiMo
Biscayne, Alisa Cepda, estarían de acuerdo en llegar a un consenso por el bien de todos.

Ambos bandos tienen 30 días para resolver el conflicto, de acuerdo a la portavoz de la ciudad, Stephanie Severino.



Comunidad boricua rechaza petición de eliminar mural con la bandera de Puerto Rico en un
edificio de Miami

El mural, que fue creado por el artista Héctor Collazo Hernández, se encuentra ubicado en la fachada del nuevo restaurante 'La Placita',
propiedad del reconocido actor Julián Gil y del chef puertorriqueño José Mendín.





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