Miami Beach Voters Reject Rollback of Ocean Drive Hours

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Miami Beach Voters Reject Rollback of Ocean Drive Hours:

outdoor alcohol service will continue until 5 am

Miami Beach voters gave a firm thumbs down to a ballot measure that would have rolled back the hours of outdoor alcohol service on Ocean Drive from 5 am to 2 am. After an intense campaign by Ocean Drive businesses, the measure failed by almost a two to one margin, 65%-35%.
 
“With today’s vote, the community has spoken that they support Miami Beach businesses, live performance art, culture and tourism,” said Ceci Velasco, Executive Director of the Ocean Drive Association. “While today’s vote of support for Ocean Drive speaks loudly, the fact remains this referendum should never have seen the light of day. We look forward to working with a new Mayor and Commission who understand the importance of entertainment for tourism and we will get back to work on real solutions to solve the problems of crime in Miami Beach.”
 
Supporters of the measure cited the area’s crime problem as a reason to close the outdoor venues early but opponents said it targeted a small number of businesses and would drive partiers onto other nearby streets and closer to residential neighborhoods.
 
“We’re looking forward to the new Mayor and City Commission sitting down at the table and coming up with a comprehensive plan that will find real solutions,” Velasco said. “I am incredibly grateful for the City of Miami Beach residents that came out and showed compassion for all of the employees in hospitality that work so hard for tourism.”
 
Commissioner Ricky Arriola, author of the 10 Point Plan for Ocean Drive and a supporter of the measure said, “The story there is it shows what a million dollars can buy." He noted a straw poll last year in which voters were in favor of the reduced hours. Since then, he said, nothing has changed except the money. "Crime has remained a chronic problem but Ocean Drive businesses poured in $1m to market to voters … Residents who are opposed pay zero dollars [for marketing] and that shows you what money can buy.”
 
But he was undeterred in moving forward. “We’re not going to give up,” he said. “We have a chronic crime problem on Ocean Drive that needs to be addressed so we’ll find new ways to tackle it. We’ll use the 10 Point Plan as guide to try to craft partnerships with businesses on Ocean Drive so we can make crime a thing of the past.”
 
 
 

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