‘We can’t do this anymore’: Miami Beach mayor seeks to impose new restrictions to entertainment district – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The Mayor of Miami Beach has unveiled a plan to tear down and re-regulate the city’s entertainment district after weeks of chaotic crowds and spring breakers as he also seeks to impose new restrictions on the busiest parts of South Beach.
Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said he’s had enough after weeks of trying to get a grip on wild parties and imposing a curfew at 8 p.m.
“We can no longer do that. We can’t take it, ”said Gelber.
The 12-point plan picks up the busiest parts of South Beach – Ocean Drive, Collins, and Washington Avenues from Fifth Street to 16th Street – and reinstates them at 2 a.m., bans oversized drinks and hookahs, restricts them Tourists popular rental one and more.
“It’s about creating a new South Beach area,” said Gelber. “Noise abolition, regulation enforcement, higher standards for cafes, business incentives and possibly boutique offices are opening up there to help urban community develop. We have to change this area. “
The new plan comes after spring breakers wreaked havoc in South Beach and made headlines across the country. Some have been seen jumping on cars and partying in residential areas during the chaos.
Dozens of residents gathered outside Miami Beach City Hall to urge leaders to do more. It’s something business owners like Sherbrooke hotel owner Mitch Novick have been pushing for years.
“Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome is crazy and we need new leadership across the board,” said Novick.
Of course, the last call drop at 2 a.m. was criticized.
Some residents said the current midnight curfew imposed due to COVID-19 did little to reduce crime or stop the party, but some, like longtime resident and career bartender Tania Dean, said that more should be done.
“Nothing good happens after midnight,” said Dean. “We have to turn this cancer off. We have to take strong action. If not now then when?”
Gelber said he wanted city officials to propose laws to be presented to the commission. If the bill is not passed, he wants residents to put the measure on the ballot for a November vote.
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