Ocean Drive nightclubs sue city of Miami Beach

Enough yes votes in special election would make alcohol cut-off time 2 a.m.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A 57-page lawsuit was filed Friday in Miami-Dade County in which Mango's Tropical Cafe and 13 other Ocean Drive businesses are fighting back after the city decided to let voters decide whether they must close their doors earlier.

The city of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County's supervisor of elections, Christina White, are both named in the lawsuit.

In June, Miami Beach commissioners agreed to let residents decide whether to limit alcohol sales on Ocean Drive.

The referendum was scheduled in response to concerns over places on the popular strip that critics claim are loud, open too late and contributing to increased crime.

Enough yes votes would make the cut-off time 2 a.m. The current cut-off time is 5 a.m.

File: Complaint filed by Ocean Drive businesses

The lawsuit claims letting voters decide would break the rules because it "completely bypasses the mandatory charter and code requirements."

It goes on to say that, "because the ballot question is the product of a process which violates the city of Miami Beach charter, code and the Florida constitution, the ballot question is invalid."

 For now, the special election is set to take place Nov. 7. 

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