Memorial Day Weekend in Miami Beach: The latest info on plans, restrictions, etc.

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Memorial Day Weekend in Miami Beach: The latest info on plans, restrictions, etc.:

High-impact measures, traffic and security, beach rules

More details were provided this week on the logistics for the Memorial Day Weekend on Miami Beach, including updated information on the traffic plan and usage of License Plate Readers (LPRs). Here’s what you need to know.

Hyundai Air & Sea Show

The weekend marks the return of the Hyundai Air & Sea Show following a hiatus for the pandemic. Info on activities and schedules can be found here

For tickets, click here and use code MIAMIBEACH for 10% off

Vaccines on the Beach

Commissioner David Richardson will host vaccination sites at the Hyundai Air and Sea Show Display Village (14th Street and Ocean Drive in Lummus Park) on Saturday and Sunday. The sites will administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Hours are 9 am to 6 pm (or until vaccines run out). Eligibility: 18+. 
*Pfizer vaccines will be available for 12-17 year olds if parent is present to give consent and provides proof of age with an official form of identification.

Safety and Security

At a virtual community meeting this week, Miami Beach Police Chief Rick Clements said the Alpha/Bravo staffing plan (all-hands-on-deck, with all officers working 12-hour shifts) beginning Friday morning and running through Monday morning at 8 am.

Officers from Miami-Dade County and other local municipalities will augment MBPD staffing Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings into early morning.

Captain Jovan Campbell said to expect 260 officers working Thursday, 560 on Friday, 590 on Saturday, 560 on Sunday, and back down to 260 on Monday.

There will be 6 ATVs operating on the beach from 9 am until 9 pm with another deployment of 6 ATVs from 6 pm to 6 am.

Goodwill Ambassadors will be available throughout the South Beach area to assist with questions or questions and can be identified by their branded t-shirts.

Traffic Plan

License Plate Readers (LPRs)

Causeways: LPRs will be in use from Friday through Sunday evenings starting at 10 pm “until early morning hours the following day” on two causeways.

MacArthur Causeway: To accommodate the LPRS, the MacArthur Causeway will only have one eastbound lane open for travel when in use.

Julia Tuttle Causeway: Two eastbound lanes open during LPR use.

5th Street and/or 41st Street corridors: LPRs will also be deployed along the 5th Street and/or 41st Street corridor to screen incoming traffic. Starting at 5 pm each day from Thursday, May 27 through Monday, May 31. On Monday, LPRs will begin at 2 pm.

*Note: MBPD emphasizes the “worst times” to travel within the city will be when the traffic loop and residential zones go into place (7 pm to 4:30 am) and the “worst time” to travel into the city will be when the LPRs are operating and traffic lanes on the causeways are reduced (starting at 10 pm “until early morning hours”).

Traffic Loop
There will be an evening traffic loop on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights during the holiday weekend beginning at 7 pm with normal traffic patterns returning no later than 5 am each day. 

The loop directs eastbound traffic on 5th Street to travel northbound on Collins Avenue to 17th Street, then moving westbound to Washington Avenue, and southbound on Washington Avenue to 5th Street. 

Ocean Drive remains closed to traffic from 5th to 15th Streets.

Washington Avenue temporary configuration
The city is temporarily reconfiguring the Washington Avenue corridor between 5th and 16th Streets due to heavy influx of traffic in recent weeks. Through Monday, May 31, one additional travel lane in both the northbound and southbound directions has reopened. The protected bike lane and parking will be temporarily suspended and a few parklets on Washington Avenue may be impacted.


Residential zones

Barricades will restrict access to the Flamingo Park and South of Fifth residential neighborhoods. Neighborhood access restrictions will be in place every evening from 7 pm through 4:30 am starting on Thursday, May 27 through Monday, May 31.

Residents will be able to access their neighborhood with a valid photo ID or proof of residency. Visitors, delivery and ride-share vehicles will need to use checkpoints operated by police and/or security guards.

Trolley and bus service impact: When the traffic loop is in place, the Miami Beach Trolley service and Miami-Dade County bus service will operate in the southbound and northbound direction along Meridian Avenue between 5th Street and 17th Street in lieu of Collins Avenue. 


Garages: Effective Friday, May 28 at 7 pm, a flat parking rate of $20 per vehicle will be imposed at all city parking garages in the Art Deco Cultural District (ADCD)/Mixed-use Entertainment District (MXE) except for access card holders and residents. This includes garages at 7th Street and Collins Avenue, 12th Street and Washington Avenue, 13th Street and Collins Avenue, and the Anchor Garage on 16th Street. Note: No in/out permitted on same ticket.

On-street parking: On-street parking will be prohibited along Collins and Washington Avenues in the ADCD/MXE. On-street parking between Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive and 5th and 15th Streets will only be available to residents with a Residential Zone 5 parking permit.


The city will provide specially marked Miami Beach Trolleys and Freebees to and from six designated event parking garage locations. 

Parking shuttles will run on Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30 from 9 am to 8 pm at intervals of approximately 15 minutes.

Trolleys will pick up and drop off passengers at Collins Avenue and 11th Street from the following parking garages:
  • 41st Street and Sheridan Avenue, Trolley Stop #219
  • 23rd Street and Liberty Avenue, Trolley Stop #194
  • 17th Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, and City Hall garages, use Trolley Stop #200 at 17th Street and Convention Center Drive
Freebee will pick up and drop off passengers at the 5th Street Garage. Use Trolley Stop #113 at 6th Street and Lenox Ave for drop-off at 10 Street between Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive.

Also, if parking at the 5th Street garage, you can also use the regular SOBE Trolley Loops A or B to the Collins Avenue and 11th Street stop.

Find the trolley tracker here.

Construction activities on public right-of-ways suspended
All construction-related activities within the public right of way will be suspected effective 6 am Thursday, May 27 and will continue in effect until 6 am Tuesday, June 1.

Beach High-Impact Measures

The usual high-impact weekend measures are in effect from 7 pm on Friday, May 28 through 7 pm, Monday May 31 on the beach. They include restrictions on alcohol and what you can bring to the beach.

  • Alcohol consumption on beach property is prohibited unless specifically authorized by a Special Event Permit or concession agreement
  • Checkpoints at beach entrance points
  • Prohibited on the beach:
    • inflatable devices
    • tents, tables and similar structures
    • loud music
    • coolers
    • glass containers
    • styrofoam and plastic straws
  • Capacity limits will be in effect in certain areas of the beach. Once capacity is reached, additional access will be denied.

Other high impact measures

  • No new licenses will be issued to and current licenses will be suspended for promoters for any dance or entertainment events to be held at an alcoholic beverage establishment located in the MXE and CD-2 districts.
  • Suspension and closure of business entities renting or leasing certain vehicles – including golf carts, low-speed vehicles, autocycles, motorized scooters, mopeds, motorcycles powered by motors of 50cc or less and motorized bicycles.

On its website, the City explicitly states:
  • drinking alcohol in public is arrestable
  • smoking marijuana is arrestable
  • driving under the influence (DUI) is arrestable
  • driving a scooter in and out of vehicular traffic or on sidewalks is illegal
  • loud music from vehicles is arrestable

More details from the City can be found here.

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