Miami Beach put concrete barriers at the Alton Road and Washington Avenue ends of Lincoln Road in August after terrorists in Europe used cars in attacks. A video of a stroller drop-off on Friday night showed the gaps in that security measure.
The video, taken by a resident around 11:30 p.m. and given to Miami Beach City Commissioner Michael Grieco, showed a Toyota creeping west on pedestrian-only Lincoln Road toward Meridian Avenue and the Starbucks on that corner.
The resident told Grieco the car was returning from dropping off a stroller near where Euclid Avenue dead-ends at Lincoln Road. On Friday and Saturday nights, children play into the wee hours on the raised grassy area there.
Grieco was taken by the relaxed attitude of Lincoln Road patrons as the car passed.
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“You’d probably see me on the hood of the car like in a 1980s buddy cop movie,” Grieco said Sunday.
Despite it being an ultimately harmless illegal detour, Grieco brought up an ominous possibility: “Imagine if it was somebody trying to do harm.”
He believes Miami Beach needs to install retractable bollards at each cross street — and says he has brought it up at commission meetings earlier this year.
After the summer terrorist attacks in Europe, he said, “You had this fake hustle by the mayor (Phillip Levine) and now there are concrete barriers at Alton, Washington and Española Way (off Washington Avenue). That’s fine for a headline. But a committed bad guy who wants to do harm can do harm until we put in retractable bollards.”