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Welcome sign error gives Miami Beach visitors wrong message

This flashing welcome sign on the Julia Tuttle Causeway had an error Tuesday, when it showed a confusing message: “Welcome vistors! Prohbited.” The message with a typo was taken down later Tuesday evening.
This flashing welcome sign on the Julia Tuttle Causeway had an error Tuesday, when it showed a confusing message: “Welcome vistors! Prohbited.” The message with a typo was taken down later Tuesday evening. Courtesy to the Herald

Visitors are welcome — not prohibited — in Miami Beach.

But if you were driving east on the Julia Tuttle Causeway on Tuesday, you might have thought the city was asking you to turn around.

A flashing welcome sign malfunctioned, and the message read: “Welcome vistors! Prohibited.” The confusing message was captured in a tweet by documentary filmmaker Billy Corben.

The message is supposed to say, on three different flashing screens: “Welcome visitors! Prohibited on the beach: glass, metal, alcohol and Styrofoam.”

By Tuesday evening, city officials had apologized for the error.

“The sign has been removed and is currently being corrected,” said city spokeswoman Nannette Rodriguez. “We certainly do welcome our visitors and apologize if the message offended anyone.”

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