Miami Beach adapts traffic flow to wave of Memorial Day tourists

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – The roar of jets could be heard along Miami Beach as pilots practiced ahead of Saturday’s Hyundai Air and Sea Show.

After a year of lockdowns and restrictions, tourists said they felt comfortable and elated to finally enjoy a holiday with crowds of other people.

”I’m surprised about the liveliness,” said Roberto Genovese, visiting from California. “It’s really different.”

”It feels good. It’s like you feel the unity of everybody finally being able to come outside without having to worry as much about getting sick,” said Tennessee resident Tia Floyd.

License plate readers were deployed Thursday night and security personnel started blocking residential areas off to though traffic.

Extra officers from other jurisdictions around South Florida will be on hand through Monday.

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Janine Stanwood joined Local 10 News in February 2004 as an assignment editor. She is now a general assignment reporter. Before moving to South Florida from her Washington home, Janine was the senior legislative correspondent for a United States senator on Capitol Hill.