Mokai Lounge has been shut down following a viral video of a horse in the nightclub. A joint investigation by Miami Beach Police and the City’s Code Compliance Department confirmed the incident took place the evening of March 7 and into the early morning hours of March 8, prompting City Manager Jimmy Morales to revoke the club’s business license.
“I was disgusted and offended that any legitimate businessperson would think this was an appropriate action to take,” said Morales. “This activity was not permitted, and as soon as we became aware, I immediately instructed staff to act swiftly in remedying this situation.”
Determining a threat to the public health, welfare and safety and animal cruelty, Morales ordered the immediate revocation of Mokai’s business license. The City also stated in a press release that “Mokai Lounge has engaged in activity that is outside the limitations of their business tax receipt,” though that probably goes without saying.
The revocation order states the City reviewed video clips “which clearly show the horse being spooked and throwing the scantily-clad rider off while in the crowded Mokai Lounge venue". Eyewitnesses confirmed the video.
“Animal cruelty is an abhorrent and vile act,” said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber. “I fully support the immediate actions taken by the City Manager and his staff to ensure that this is remedied quickly.”
Mokai is located at 235 23rd Street.
UPDATE: MBPD posted new info about the horse on its twitter account: "Miami Beach PD Detectives along with MiamiDadePD's animal experts have located the horse that was at Mokai. The horse has been inspected and deemed to be healthy and safe by Miami Dade PD. Our investigation continues."
Miami Beach Revokes Business License for Mokai Lounge:
Animal Cruelty and Public Health Hazard Cited
Organizers want more time to address concerns
Club was shutdown following video of horse inside
city issued emergency closure orders in january