Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber unveiled his plan to transform the city’s entertainment district into an Art Deco cultural district that includes improved policing, code enforcement, and a final call to sell alcohol at 2 a.m.
In a video, Gelber presented the 12-point plan for district conversion that he has been pushing for since taking office in 2017.
“We have to start with this change and it has to be bold, not gradual,” he said.
In the plan, facilities in the entertainment district cannot sell alcohol after 2 a.m., and only facilities with adequate security and good records of compliance can apply for a late night nightclub license. The final call could be extended to nearby facilities “to prevent these challenges from migrating to other parts of our city”. The current last call time is 5:00 a.m.
Gelber also stressed the need for improved policing and a specialized code enforcement unit for South Beach.
“You should know all local owners so they can clarify the road rules,” the plan says.
Click here to read the 12-point map of the Art Deco Cultural District.
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Meanwhile, several members of the Miami-Dade County’s Community Relations Board met with Miami Beach residents Tuesday to try to contain the noisy crowds and violence in South Beach.
“It’s not about the amount, it’s about the behavior,” said one resident.
“Far too many of us point our fingers instead of saying how to do it with all of our hands,” said another.
The county billed the Ocean Drive meeting as a “listening session,” an opportunity for the Board to brainstorm what could potentially lead to a quieter South Beach.
The two main weekends in March resulted in massive crowds, bad behavior and violence on the streets. Hundreds of people were arrested.
CRB member Ervins Ford, who is black, chairs the panel’s Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Committee. He went into the subject of race.
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“Don’t see me as a sale, don’t call me Uncle Tom just because it is the way it is,” he said. “You have our people out here just being embarrassing,” said Ford.
Some residents accuse the city of not having a plan, despite knowing what the spring break and other weekends bring to make a big impact.
“If it’s 20 years, persistent, more violent, and longer year by year, then it’s a city guide problem,” said South Beach resident Tania Dean.
Possible solutions to calm South Beach were more video surveillance, stricter curfews and more police on the streets. The CRB will review these ideas and may make recommendations to the County Commission that could take action or technical measures to address the high impact weekends on South Beach.