City Moving Ahead with Memorial Day Weekend Plans

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

City Moving Ahead with Memorial Day Weekend Plans:

Air and sea show, concert are on

Miami Beach's plans for the Air and Sea Show and Music Explosion concert remain on track despite incomplete documents from the promoter. Since RE:MiamiBeach first reported on City Manager Jimmy Morales strongly worded letter to City Commissioners about missed deadlines, required documents are still incomplete but, Morales made clear the City's Police Department would be ready. Following what Morales called, “commentary on blogs and whatnot concerned that we weren’t ready for Memorial Day Weekend, that we didn’t have our plans ready, one of the things I wanted to do certainly on the record … I wanted to give the Police, for starters, an opportunity to talk about our preparations for Memorial Day Weekend that we do every year making sure we’re ready from that perspective and then we can discuss other aspects.”
[For the record, RE:MiamiBeach has not called into question MBPD’s readiness but rather the missed deadlines of the promoter for the City’s special events process.]
Deputy Police Chief Rick Clements said this year’s plan is “similar to one we do every year” and includes 388 officers beginning Friday night, 184 during daytime hours, 204 at night. Those numbers will be augmented Saturday and Sunday during the Air and Sea Show with police from Miami-Dade County and other agencies. Clements said “the overall number [will] swell to over 500 officers within a 24-hour period, so we feel fairly confident that we’re fairly staffed up for, obviously, not just Memorial Day Weekend but also the Air and Sea Show.”
With regard to potential capacity issues like those faced during this year’s Spring Break, Clements said MBPD will have high impact weekend traffic loops in effect and will monitor traffic in the City. If the City reaches capacity, a decision will have to be made “that could involve turning away people,” he said.
The City is also stepping up enforcement of the County’s noise ordinance beginning this weekend. 

As Mayor Dan Gelber prepared to move on to another agenda item, Commissioner Michael Góngora asked “Is the concert happening?” (As we reported Wednesday, artist contracts for the event had still not been signed.)
Miami Beach Tourism, Culture and Economic Development Director Eva Silverstein said, “I think we have good news. The event producer continues to work and we are collaborating to help them execute.” She said the City had received a signed contract from MAX and an email commitment from Shaggy to perform. “So, progress is being made,” Silverstein said.
City staff and the promoter are working to finalize the remaining documents required for a permit including life safety and sanitation plans and load-in, load out schedules, and fireworks plans.

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