Tasked with marketing Miami to tourists and investors, the tax-funded Downtown Development Authority has plenty of maps highlighting restaurants, tourist attractions and real estate development.
On Thursday, they unveiled the latest -- showing where people pop a squat on the street.
Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, the agency’s chairman, displayed the map during the city's bi-weekly commission meeting. It shows the downtown grid, with smiling poop emojis documenting where the agency says feces was spotted during a sanitation worker’s eight-hour Friday shift.
The map is the latest salvo in a long-running dispute between the DDA and the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust, which receives tens of millions in tax dollars to oversee the county's homeless services. In creating the map, the DDA hopes to both urge the Trust to support portable toilets and temporary shelter programs, and to embarrass the Trust's powerful chairman, Ron Book, who has dismissed sanitation issues as a downtown problem and proposed solutions as "pie-in-the-sky."
"As the chief advocate for downtown Miami's growing base of residents, businesses and visitors from around the world, the Miami DDA has been making the case that homelessness is having a disproportionate impact on our urban core for years, and yet The Homeless Trust has resorted to passing the buck and ignoring the problem," executive director Alyce Robertson said in a statement. "We're hopeful the map we've created will finally motivate The Homeless Trust to put its multimillion dollar budget to good use on downtown Miami's streets."
No one from the Trust attended Thursday’s meeting, although a spokeswoman said they were watching Thursday's hearing.
A previous version of this story misidentified Ron Book's position with the Homeless Trust. He is chairman of the board.