Police officers have made 57 arrests on Miami Beach, most of them were drug related, according to a Miami Beach police Saturday. Only six of those arrested were Miami Beach residents.
The holiday weekend, also known as “Urban Beach Week,” attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors for a loosely-affiliated group of parties and hip-hop concerts in different venues across South Beach.
Arrests are up from the 40 within the same time frame last year.
In response to the magnified crowds, the usual roadways will be modified. If you’re heading north you can only go on Collins Avenue. If you are going south, police will only be letting drivers use Washington Avenue. Ocean Drive will remain closed to vehicular traffic.
The MacArthur Causeway and the Julia Tuttle Causeway are equipped with license plate readers and surveillance cameras. Access to residential areas between Collins Avenue and Alton Road will be limited at night. Police were asking that residents use the Venetian Causeway.
As for the weather, South Florida should see a mix of sun and clouds with a high around 85 on Saturday, with scattered thunderstorms possible, as a tropical depression moves north along the Florida coast.