Will You or I be arrested if We visit Fort Lauderdale?

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Will You or I be Arrested if We Visit Fort Lauderdale?

Clipart - woman behind barsWill you or I be arrested if we visit Fort Lauderdale? This is no joke, I am very serious. 

The city of Fort Lauderdale has a policy banning all photography within hundreds of yards of a Hollywood movie set.

It doesn't matter if you are paparazzi, a professional photographer or just an amateur  -- you are not allowed to take any photos even with your cell phone.

I am disgusted to think that the city of Fort Lauderdale is taking away our constitutional rights.  If I was in Fort Lauderdale, I would be taking photos of the downtown area and restaurants to post on ActiveRain. Downtown Fort Lauderdale is a public area and I feel my constitutional rights are as important as those of a movie studio.

clipart - flag & ConstitutionNorm Kent, a Florida attorney, commented “Freedom of expression, which includes photography, cannot be controlled by movie studios from Hollywood, even if Tom Cruise is in the film.”

Kent along with the South Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has filed a lawsuit against Fort Lauderdale. 

SPJ South Florida president Michael Koretzky is also inviting everyone to a “lunch-in” (this is not a formal event).  “We’re simply going downtown to have lunch with 100 of our closest friends and First Amendment allies,” says Koretzky, a freelance journalist. “We’re going to buy lots of food and take lots of pictures – of each other, of police, of buildings, of everything. We plan to be well-fed criminals.”

I wish I could be in Fort Lauderdale for the lunch, but I can't. If you live anywhere close to Fort Lauderdale and can attend, I hope you will go and support your Constitutional rights.

 

 

UPDATE: 6/16/2011 from SPJ South Florida Pro President Michael Koretzky:

We’ll meet FRIDAY AT 1 PM outside Tarpon Bend, the largest dining establishment on SW 2nd St. Here’s a map.

This is a casual affair. We don’t have to sit together if you’re feeling antisocial. As long as we eat and/or drink outside and take pictures – with an SLR, point-and-shoot, or smartphone – we’re sticking up for the First Amendment.

Take pictures of each other taking pictures. If the police tell you to stop taking pictures, you have two choices…

1. You can indeed stop. Others will document it. Mission accomplished.

2. You can keep going until you’re arrested. If that happens, I will personally bail you out of the Broward County jail.

Most likely, nothing will happen. This will probably be low-key and anticlimactic. Please bring your friends. Best bet for parking is down the side streets or in the parking garage catty-corner to Tarpon Bend

 

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Gregory Bain
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Public streets are just that - paid for by the general public. That's why we have the mall now a day. A mall is private property and the owners can tell the general public that government protests, no loitering, no distributing or soliciting, and no picture taking.

That's also why America is no longer America but Consumerville (IMHO).

June 18, 2011 08:56 AM
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Tni LeBlanc
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Wow I can't think of a worse move.  I guess those Hollywood bucks started adding up.  

What kind of movie is this that they think is so precious anyway, I would like to know so I never go to see it.

June 18, 2011 11:42 AM
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Mitchell J Hall
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In Hollywod it's called run away production. Lost revenue to the state of California and the City of Los Angeles. In Florida and every other state it's economic development. The state of Florida has a film commissioner appointed by the Governor paid by the taxpayers to pitch Florida as a location to movie studios. The city of Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and most municipalities also have a film commissioner paid by the taxpayers to pitch location filming. It's big business and one of the few things we still make in America.

The "right to work"  states such as Florida will do anything to bring in a business. They will close highways, give tax breaks, offer cheap labor. Ft. Lauderdale made a new law.

Films are made in NYC all the time, we don't need to give away the city they want to film here. It is often an inconvenience to locals but they pay handsomely and it's great for our economy. Every season Law and Order films in front of my home and in my building. There is no parking, the studio got a permit to close the street for parking. We will have costly building renovations paid for without a maintenance increase from a couple of days of inconvenience.

People go about their business in NY and could care less. It must be the biggest thing to hit Fort Lauderdale since the condominium.

June 18, 2011 08:40 PM
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Fort Lauderdale Police and City Government should think about this ordinance again, they are suppressing the right of the people, just because Hollywood stars are filming there? Is that place built for them? or built for the people? They should take a look and if they want a harrasment free area for their Hollywood Celebrities they should indicate what is prohibited and not taking pictures as general..

July 15, 2011 12:48 PM
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Debbie Walsh
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Gary!  Congrats on the feature!  This is THE most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.  Sigh...

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