Memorial Day Weekend in Miami Beach: What You Need to Know

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Memorial Day Weekend in Miami Beach: What You Need to Know:

High impact measures, traffic plan, beach rules

Miami Beach has announced a number of high-impact measures for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend that include traffic, parking, and beach restrictions. Here are the details on what you need to know:

Community Update Meeting: Tuesday, May 25 at 6 pm

City staff will host a Zoom meeting to discuss the traffic plan and enhanced safety measures for the Memorial Day Weekend. Details here

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.

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. They include restrictions on alcohol, what you can bring to the beach, a South Beach traffic loop, and License Plate Readers.

  • 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.
  • 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 in South Beach.
  • 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.
  • License Plate Readers (LPRs) in use. (See below)

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

Traffic Plan
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. 

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. 

License Plate Readers
LPRs will be in use from Friday through Sunday evenings starting at 10 pm.

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. 

LPRs will also be deployed Thursday evening along the 5th Street corridor and Monday evening along the 5th Street and 41st Street corridors to screen incoming traffic.

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.

Free parking shuttles
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 on 10th Street between Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive.

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 suspended effective 6 am Thursday, May 27 and will continue in effect until 6 am Tuesday, June 1.

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

More info

All the details from the City are here.


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