With the expected increase in visitors to Miami Beach during the month of March, city officials are announcing additional safety measures aimed at keeping everyone safe.
For the South Beach High Impact Zone – the area between 5th and 16th Streets and Pennsylvania Avenue and the Atlantic Ocean – the following measures will be in effect from March 3 through March 29:
- Any direct or indirect consumption of alcohol will be prohibited on public beaches.
- Limitation of live or amplified music, except for city-approved and licensed events.
- Coolers, inflatables, tents, tables and similar objects will be prohibited on public beaches.
- Local access restrictions will be applied on certain streets in the city to limit traffic in order to improve the mobility of residents and anyone visiting businesses.
The sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages at all establishments south of 16th Street was to end at 2 a.m. each night between March 7 and March 21. However, the ban was blocked by a judge on Tuesday after an Ocean Drive hotel took the city of Miami Beach to court.
“We will not be enforcing the city’s 2 a.m. liquor ban while we file an emergency appeal with the 3rd District Court of Appeals,” spokeswoman Melissa Berthier wrote in a statement.
The Miami Beach Police Department will implement a traffic plan to reduce traffic in the southern neighborhoods of Fifth Street and Flamingo Park each weekend in March.
Motorists will be able to access the SOFI district via Alton Road, Washington Avenue, Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive. The Flamingo Park area is accessible via Alton Road.
A flat parking rate of $20 per vehicle will be imposed at all city parking garages in the Entertainment District Thursday through Sunday each weekend in March. This includes the garages at 7th Street and Collins Avenue, 12th Street and Washington Avenue, 13th Street and Collins Avenue, and the Anchor Garage on 16th Street.
On-street parking will be prohibited along Collins Avenue in the South Beach entertainment district. On-street parking between Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive and 5th and 15th Streets will only be available to residents with parking permits.
In an effort with the US Coast Guard, the MBPD Marine Patrol will enforce local, state and federal laws on vessel operations due to an increase in illegal charters.
“We want everyone to enjoy our beaches, restaurants and hotels as long as they can do so safely and responsibly while taking care of our city,” said City Manager Alina T. Hudak. Miami Beach.
“Miami Beach Live!” will activate the Lummus Park area of South Beach and the waterfront between 10th and 13th streets each weekend in March starting Friday, March 4 through March 27. Performances cover a range of musical genres from pop to international and symphonic Broadway. For more information, click on this link.