Miami Beach police release safety plan for Memorial Day
Beach safety plan includes traffic loops, DUI checkpoints
Police are ready to respond to the large crowd expected to pack Miami Beach this Memorial Day weekend.
Miami Beach police met with business owners, residents, and city leaders Wednesday afternoon to map out their safety plan.
Large DUI checkpoints will be scattered across Miami Beach and added officers on patrol will monitor visitors.
This year, special traffic patterns will also be used to help ease congestion for both visitors and Miami Beach residents.
The Flamingo Park neighborhood will be restricted to residents and guests of residents only.
In addition, police will direct visitors to designated parking lots and prohibit parking on side streets.
A traffic loop will be enforced so that residents and visitors move freely through the area. Between 5th Street and 23rd Street, Washington Avenue traffic will flow southbound. Collins Avenue will only flow northbound.
Not all businesses in the area think the traffic plan is a good thing.
"It doesn’t allow this free shopping opportunity where people can pull up in front of your location, jump out of the car, come in, shop, and then jump back in their car and get out of here," said Yaniv Sananes, owner of The Shoe Shop.
This plan is similar to last year's procedure. The results show the plan helped traffic flow and curbed crime.
In 2008, police issued 113 loud noise violations. In 2012, police wrote just 2 citations
While hundreds of arrests were made in 2012, the number was 58 fewer than 2011.
"It was probably the least amount of arrests that we've had in a few years," said Officer Enrique Doce with the Miami Beach Police Department.
Safety on Miami Beach during the Memorial Day weekend has been in the spotlight since a shooting in 2011. Miami Beach police shot and killed Raymond Herisse along busy Collins Avenue and 16th Street. Police say his car hit an officer and he refused to stop.