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Bruno the Dim Loses One for the Billboard Industry

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How the heck special interest groups and corporate conglomerates keep counting on Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro is beyond belief. It's no secret Bruno the Dim is one of their tools, but the man can't pass legislation to save his life.

His latest failure was his inability to get one of his fellow commissioners to vote on his measure that would have allowed the City of Miami to regulate electronic billboards without county oversight.

The controversial proposal didn't even get a second when it was heard yesterday at the county commission's Infrastructure and Land Use Committee meeting.

That's because Barreiro didn't exactly light up the room with his brilliance, or lack thereof. First, he tried to argue that the color spectrum can be considered visual pollution in response to a citizen's comments that the electronic billboards in the city are eyesores.

"What is visual pollution?" the Dim pondered aloud. "Could it be colors? If I don't like to wear purple, is that visual pollution? That can be considered visual pollution."

Mmm, okaaaay.

Then Barreiro likened Miami to his two children when they were crawling and pooping in their diapers. "This is like a kid," he said. "When you have a kid, you let him walk, you teach him to walk as a baby. But there comes a time when you let go of the hand, and yeah, you know, unfortunately, and you regret this, I know because I have two of my own, they are going to get hurt. Sometimes, they are going to fall. Unfortunately, what we have done with the sign code, we haven't let them walk on their own."

No, Bruno. Unfortunately, it's you who can't walk on your own.

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