Miami Beach

Holly Pretsky / WLRN

Miami Beach voters will decide in November if outdoor venues on Ocean Drive should stop selling alcohol at 2 a.m. instead of the current cutoff time of 5 a.m.

The Miami Beach City Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to add the question to the November 7 ballot. That vote came less than two weeks after Mayor Philip Levine proposed the idea following fatal shootings on one of the busiest holiday weekends of the year in South Beach. 

Rowan Moore Gerety / WLRN

Ocean Drive business owners held a press conference Thursday to discuss alternatives to a proposal by Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine to ban the sale of alcohol in parts of South Beach after 2 a.m. and tighten noise regulations on the area. 

 

The proposal followed the shooting deaths of two visitors to Miami Beach on one of the busiest weekends of the year. A parking dispute on South Beach Sunday left one man dead and the other was killed by police after a chase.

 

Holly Pretsky / WLRN

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine wants changes in alcohol and noise regulations in the city after two people died over Memorial Day weekend in related shootings. 

At a press conference Tuesday, the mayor proposed ending the sale of alcohol on Ocean Drive at 2 a.m. instead of 5 a.m. Levine unsuccessfully proposed a similar ordinance last summer. On Tuesday, he also suggested removing an exemption to a noise ordinance that lets clubs play loud music. 

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Carl Juste / Miami Herald

Miami Beach is having a bit of an identity crisis this Memorial Day Weekend.

The Beach will host its annual Urban Beach Week, which attracts thousands of travelers from around the U.S. for a weekend of parties — of the street, club and yacht varieties — music festivals and plenty of day drinking.

C.M. GUERRERO / Miami Herald

A fatal accident on the Julia Tuttle Causeway early this morning caused traffic delays throughout Miami-Dade and even Broward County. 

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COMMENTARY

Its economy relies to an absurd extent on the low-wage tourism sector. Because it lacks higher-wage, tech-oriented jobs, its average citizens struggle to bridge the chasm between their incomes and their exorbitant living costs.

But so what? It’s a sunny town on a bay with muy caliente Latin flavor. The visitors and their money will keep coming and keep the place afloat. Besides, it’s got more important things to worry about – like a mortal political enemy 90 miles away.

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This week on The Florida Roundup...

Miami-Dade County has inked a deal with Airbnb for the home-sharing company to collect and pay hotel taxes. Yet, the city of Miami and Miami Beach continue to pushback against the service and its hosts.

Priscila Serrano / WLRN

Renting a spare room through Airbnb could soon become illegal in parts of Miami as it already is in Miami Beach, as mayors of both cities want to implement stricter rules on homeowners. 

Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado will propose an ordinance to Miami city commissioners on Thursday to prohibit short-term rentals in some areas.

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This week on The Florida Roundup...

A new study done by Florida International University's Metropolitan Center has found that despite steady wage increases for women in Miami-Dade County, women still make less in the workplace. 

This week on The Florida Roundup…

A plan for a Miami Beach light rail gets a bit lighter due to high costs and pushback from the community. We discuss the challenges faced in funding public transit projects with Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales and The Miami Herald’s  reporter Joey Flechas.

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