Not following the latest emergency orders landed several Miami Beach businesses in hot water. The following establishments were forced to close for a 24 hour period this week:
- TGI Fridays, 500 Ocean Drive, for setting up an outdoor bar and selling alcoholic beverages to go (7/3)
- Pizza Days, 448 Ocean Drive, for operating with dine-in customers and allowing patrons to continue ordering meals at 12:37 am (7/3)
- Pizza De Miami, 601 Collins Avenue, for serving food to customers indoors past 10 pm (7/4)
- Bar One, 520 West Avenue, for allowing sit down service as well as hookah service past 10 pm curfew (7/6)
- Pane & Vino, 1450 Washington Avenue, for serving tables after 10 pm (7/9)
- Cheeseburger Baby, 1505 Washington Avenue, for serving takeout food past 10 pm (7/9)
Voodoo Lounge which closed last week for violating mask and social distancing rules observed when police officers arrived on the scene of a shooting that occurred out front remains closed until the City is no longer under emergency orders. In an email, City Spokeswoman Melissa Berthier explained the indefinite closure for Voodoo’s violations of the emergency orders: "The inability of Voodoo Lounge to follow the emergency orders, coupled with the recent shooting, left the City Manager no choice but to close this establishment under his emergency powers. The closure could last beyond July 17, if the emergency period is extended.” City Commissioners have the ability to extend City Manager Jimmy Morales’ emergency powers in seven-day increments. They will discuss further extensions at their next meeting on the 17th.
The so-called “party house” at 570 S. Shore Drive where two people were shot on July 5 has also been shut down by the City. While Miami Beach Police are still looking for the shooter, they have arrested the tenant, Anthony Shnayderman, for Emergency Order and City Code violations including subletting the property for parties and short-term rentals and commercial gatherings, no social distancing or masks, and curfew violation, according to Berthier.
In addition, she said the owner and tenant have each been assessed fines of $100,000 for second violations for commercial use of a single-family home. The Building Department has revoked the Certificate of Occupancy (CO) for the home “as it is no longer being used as a single-family home,” Berthier said. The Department has also ordered the disconnection of City utilities (water and sewer) and placed an order with FPL to disconnect power to the property.
“No one is allowed on premises at a property without a CO so Police will have a watch order placed on the property for trespassing,” according to Berthier.
The police report on Shnayderman’s arrest indicates Code enforcement officers have responded to the home 43 times over the course of the past year and Police have responded 18 times. According to the Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser, 570 S. Shore Drive is owned by Global One Investment Group LLC. The LLC’s president is listed as Alfredo Borges of Miami and Angelo Prat of Miami is the registered agent, according to SunBiz.