Miami Beach officials face criticism as ‘spineless’ over response to fatal shootings at ‘drug infested’ Ocean Drive
Osagie Jordan Idahosa was among the two dead during shootings on spring break in Miami Beach, where police officers recently reported that since the rowdy spring break parties began they had seized over 100 firearms and arrested nearly 490 people.
Hospitality industry outraged as leaked audio raises questions about 2 a.m. last call in South Beach
The Mayor of Miami Beach was interrupted during a news conference on Friday by counter demonstrators who referenced his remarks in leaked audio recordings. Now, they are questioning the reasoning behind the imposed 2 a.m. last call in South Beach.
‘Money plays a big part’: Audio reveals Miami Beach mayor, developers planning re-do of Ocean Drive
Miami Beach voters are being asked to stop alcohol sales at 2 a.m. instead of 5 a.m. Proponents of the measure backed by Mayor Dan Gelber link the three-hour rollback with stopping crime and chaos on South Beach.
Climate-change conference to bring big thinkers, doers to Miami Beach in 2022
The first climate-changed themed conference will be held in Miami Beach in 2022 and is expected to be held annually bringing international attention to the city, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber along with Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced Monday.
Miami Beach mayor opposes DeSantis’ stance against face mask mandates
Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber is asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to support the return of face mask mandates as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns the coronavirus’ evolution into the more contagious Delta variant is getting more and more people sick.
Commissioners consider requiring businesses to increase security in area of South Beach
Nightclubs, bars, and restaurants in the entertainment district in South Beach are allowed to stay open and serve alcohol until 5 a.m. again. Earlier this month, a judge ruled that Miami Beach’s 2 a.m. last call for alcohol in a part of the district was unlawful.
Miami International Boat Show returns to Miami Beach, city still recovering from rowdy tourists
The Miami International Boat Show is returning to Miami Beach in 2022, which will stimulate the locate the local economy, but also draw tens of thousands of people to a city still recovering from rowdy tourists who caused chaos during spring break and Memorial Day weekend.
Controversial regulation on alcohol sales starts May 22 in some areas of South Beach
A new controversial regulation aims to change the out-of-control party on Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue in South Beach. Business owners who benefit from the nightlife atmosphere there say that not only will the measure not work, but it will hurt the local economy.
Miami-Dade midnight curfew and South Beach 8 p.m. curfew being lifted
Tuesday morning, the Miami Beach Interim City Manager updated the City’s State of Emergency relating to the High Impact Period during spring break and officially canceled the 8 p.m. curfew. The curfew had been imposed each Thursday through Sunday evening in the declared “High Impact Zone” of South Beach, where chaos had ensued throughout March.
Proposal could make 2 a.m. last call to get a drink in South Beach
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Last call for alcohol may be a little earlier in South Beach as part of a proposed 12-point plan by Miami Beach’s mayor. Dan Gelber said alcohol sales should be cut off at 2 a.m. from the current 5 a.m. last call. RELATED STORY: Miami Beach residents sound off on spring break tensionsAd“First of all, I think that this last experience, perhaps COVID, increased how manageable it was. Gelber said he believes that the city commission will put his plan into action by means of legislative measures, but if they do not, he hopes Miami Beach residents will choose to put them on the November ballot. >See the 12-point plan for the Miami Beach entertainment district.
Residents hold protest outside Miami Beach city hall as spring break chaos remains cause of concern
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Protesters took to the streets Saturday afternoon, saying enough is enough. There were over 100 people outside of Miami Beach City Hall for what they were calling the ‘Take Back the City Protest.’Miami Beach residents protest outside city hall. (WPLG)The attendees were frustrated Miami Beach residents dealing with yet another year of spring break chaos. Spring break in Miami Beach has made headlines all over the world because of the chaos and crime this year. Residents hold protest outside City Hall as Miami Beach spring break unruliness continuesDespite the measures, residents still want to know what plan the mayor has for the future.
Drivers experience delays in both directions of MacArthur Causeway due to closure, crash
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – MacArthur Causeway traffic delays started late Friday night and continued on Saturday morning. There was also a crash in the westbound lanes of the MacArthur Causeway near Palm Island. The crash prompted officers to close all westbound lanes and ask drivers to use the Julia Tuttle Causeway to get from Miami Beach to Miami instead. #TRAFFIC: Westbound MacArthur Cswy CLOSED due to a traffic crash just west of Palm Island. — Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) March 27, 2021
Miami mayor says he’s ready if South Beach partiers come his way
MIAMI, Fla. – It was the start of another round of an 8 p.m. weekend curfew in Miami Beach’s entertainment district. “This particular area needs to be really battened down at night and we are going to continue to do that until it’s pretty clear we don’t have to,” Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said. There are other places, by the way, in the city and county to go to,” Gelber said. “We’re telling our residents who may be worried about the consequences of some of the decisions in Miami Beach that we are ready,” Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said. Ad“We want to warn those who are not in the city from the city who may have been on Miami Beach that the kind of behavior we have seen in Miami Beach is not going to be tolerated,” he said.
This Week in South Florida Full Episode: March 21, 2021
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – On the latest episode of This Week in South Florida, hosts Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg are joined by Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Clements, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber, Florida state Senator Gary Farmer, Rep. Carlos Gimenez and new Miami police chief Art Acevedo. The full episode can be seen at the top of this page.
This Week in South Florida: Richard Clements and Dan Gelber
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – A State of Emergency was declared in Miami Beach as Spring Break crowds continue to overwhelm and defy law enforcement. Crime and sporadic violence has broken out night after night and leaders have now imposed an early evening curfew and closed the causeways to clear people from South Beach. Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Clements and Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber joined This Week in South Florida hosts Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg to discuss, and their conversation can be seen at the top of this page.
Pepper balls used on Spring Break partygoers along South Beach after new curfew passes with little response
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – The City of Miami Beach has declared an emergency as police and elected officials react to large crowds and lawlessness during Spring Break. Pepper balls were used to control crowds of people on South Beach Saturday night as law enforcement attempted to enforce a newly imposed curfew. Several roads were also closed in Miami Beach as officials hoped to stem the rise in crime. Pepper balls were fired into the crowds of hundreds of Spring Break partygoers on South Beach after multiple attempts by police to disburse them. RELATED LINKMiami Beach officials announce 8 p.m. curfew, causeway closures to control spring break crowdAdResidents happy, visitors understanding about Miami Beach road closures amid Spring Break chaos
Miami Beach officials announce 8 p.m. curfew, causeway closures to control spring break crowd
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Starting Saturday night, the city of Miami Beach is imposing a curfew for its entertainment district and also close three causeways leading into the city. The decision was announced by city officials at a press conference outside Miami Beach City Hall. “Too many people are coming into our city and too many people are coming here with bad intentions,” said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber. The entertainment district includes Collins Avenue and Washington Avenue from Fifth to 16th Streets. Miami Beach Police Chief Rick Clements cited the need for the curfew and closures because of the large crowds that gathered Thursday and Friday.
Billionaire with Miami Beach casino vision pushes legislature to update gambling laws
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Billionaire Jeffrey Soffer, the son of real estate developer Donald Soffer, is behind a new effort to update Florida’s gambling laws. Miami Beach commissioners recently voted to hire lawyers to stop him from building a casino under the Fontainebleau Miami Beach brand. Soffer’s vision goes against Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber’s mission to discourage late-night entertainment in the city. “What they are going to want to do apparently is take casino licenses, take gaming licenses, gambling licenses that exist right now in parimutuels — slot machines, card games, and things like that — and allow them to become portable,” Gelber said. The property is now under Jeffrey Soffer’s Fontainebleau Development, which also owns neighboring Miami Beach property.
Police swarm South Beach as officers attempt to stem misbehavior on St. Patrick’s Day
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – St. Patrick’s Day revelry and drinking will befall on South Beach, as police officers face rowdy tourists on their spring break vacation. Wednesday night was the latest full of misbehavior in Miami Beach, this time met by another surge of police. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said the visitors who are not abiding by the city’s rules have forgotten there is a pandemic. Miami-Dade police officers help the Miami Beach Police Department on Monday in South Beach. Miami Beach police officers shot pepper balls to disperse a crowd on Friday near Ocean Drive in South Beach.
Cops will flood Miami Beach this week as large crowds expected
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Clements says the city expects large crowds to continue this week and that more officers will be brought in to control the violence and lawbreaking that’s been seen during spring break. Clements said officers from Miami-Dade County will join the patrol starting Tuesday night and that Coral Gables cops will also be joining Miami Beach police on the streets this weekend. Gelber committed to putting more officers on patrol and asked Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava to add additional county officers to areas of high tourism. Clements said that since Feb. 3, Miami Beach police have made 894 arrests, with 332 of those felonies. AdAnyone with information about Monday night’s killing is asked to call Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers at 305-471-8477.
Miami Beach mayor: ‘Entertainment district must go’ after another chaotic weekend
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber delivered his 2021 state of the city address Monday morning, during which he spoke about changing the culture of the city’s nightlife sector after incidents this past weekend led to almost 150 arrests. “The entertainment district must go,” Gelber said, repeating his vision to replace the tourist party hub with an “Art Deco Cultural District.”“We don’t need what we have right now,” Gelber added. “It could be all night drinking,” he said, noting “145 places have 5 a.m. permits and we don’t need any of it. “They need more resources,” Miami Beach resident Julia Verardi said. That’s why it was so hard for us,” he said, also pointing out that Miami Beach was the first city in Florida to adopt a mask mandate.
Officials warn spring breakers out of control on Miami Beach, ‘you will be arrested’
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Miami Beach police officers are working 12-hour shifts and the message from law enforcement is that spring breakers coming to the city with the idea that there are no rules will be arrested. Spring breakers were out of control Friday night with police having to respond with force. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said rocks and bottles were thrown at officers patrolling the streets. A lot of people are coming here and they are coming here with the wrong intentions,” Gelber said. While more crowds are expected Saturday night, Miami-Dade County officials remind everyone that a midnight curfew is still in effect.
Wild night in Miami Beach: Women twerk on police car, 2 officers injured
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – It was a wild Friday night in South Beach. Miami Beach Officer Ernesto Rodriguez, a spokesman for the department, said two officers were injured while dealing with a very large crowd near Eighth Street and Ocean Drive. “While taking a subject into custody, officers were forced to utilize pepper balls to disperse members of the crowd who were disorderly and surrounding officers,” Rodriguez said. 1/2 — Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) March 13, 2021Several subjects have been detained. 2/2 — Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) March 13, 2021
Mayor wants residents to know arrests are up this Spring Break in Miami Beach
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said on Monday that he knows there are some tourists who come to South Beach with bad intentions. “I think our cops assume that.”According to the Miami Beach Police Department, the number of arrests has more than doubled so far this Spring Break. Miami Beach police marine patrol officers were also working with the U.S. Coast Guard to check up on charter boats during Spring Break. This year’s Spring Break in South Beach comes with a longer list of rules. Spring Break season ends on April 12.
Local cities and municipalities anxious for financial assistance provided in latest COVID-19 relief package
MIAMI – Last summer there was notable friction between counties and municipalities over Cares Act money. Local 10 News’ Christina Vazquez spoke with the National League of Cities, and they are urging federal lawmakers to keep the direct aid to local governments in place. From Weston city attorney Jamie Cole to Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber, local leaders are working to explain how the injection of direct aid to cities will help resident taxpayers. If the federal government hadn’t come through, would have been to increase taxes.”AdSaid Gelber: “Cities did different things to figure out how to get through this.”South Florida cities are looking forward to relief funds promised in the latest COVID-19 stimulus bill. (WPLG)The National League of Cities, or NLC, has been tracking the financial impacts to local budgets of COVID-19, from case mitigation expenses to substantial revenue losses.
Miami Beach uses geo-targeting on social media to warn Spring breakers about pandemic rules
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – There was calm in Miami Beach on Tuesday, but not all of the students who will want to let loose during Spring break have arrived. The city is using geo-targeting on social media to warn tourists about this year’s rules on everything from social distancing to alcohol consumption, noise levels, and the midnight to 6 a.m. curfew. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber has said he wants to get rid of the entertainment district. The police presence is higher in the areas of Ocean Drive and Collins and Washington avenues, between Fifth and 16th Streets. During the weekends, officers will discourage cruising around the South of Fifth Street, or SOFI, neighborhood by only allowing access via Alton Road and Washington Avenue.
World War II veteran celebrates 102nd birthday in Miami Beach
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – One of America’s oldest World War II veterans celebrated a major milestone on Thursday. Miami Beach police lined up and saluted Walton as he pulled up in his vehicle on Ocean Drive Thursday morning. His son, Paul Walton, said he wants people to meet a World War II veteran because the number of surviving veterans from that war is rapidly shrinking. Paul said his dad had the chance to meet a Civil War veteran when he was younger, but he didn’t do it and now he regrets it. He’s traveling to all 50 states to meet the governor of each one and give people the chance of meeting a World War II veteran before it’s too late.