The word on the street, again, is that yet another made-for-Florida project will not be produced-in-Florida. Even though it was our Florida production crew and their great work on the pilot that helped create a winning look for this sexy drama, it looks like “Grand Hotel” is California bound after all. The network recently announced its pick-up of the episodic without even giving a nod to its Sunshine State origin and seductive Miami Beach locations.

Here’s the pilot; check out what we’re losing.

We applaud the City of Miami Beach for making “Grand Hotel” the first recipient of its production incentive; however, $10,000 is simply not enough to convince ABC execs to shoot where the real action is. Will we get the occasional pick-up days á la “CSI Miami?” More than likely, especially if the show continues to use the beautiful Fontainebleu Hotel for background. But somehow we have to bust out of this cycle of getting just bits and pieces. Perhaps this would be a good time for South Florida’s business community to step up to the plate with some out-of-the-box ideas. Any chance of that happening?

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