Miami Beach

Miami Beach strip club shut down after arrests

A Miami Beach strip club saw its last dance Tuesday when the city shut it down after five of its employees were arrested on drug, weapon and prostitution charges and a shooting occurred during the holiday weekend.

City Manager Jimmy Morales revoked the business license of The Office Gentleman’s Club, 912 71st St., after announcing that police investigations led to the arrests and felony charges. The employees are accused of selling narcotics, possession of firearms and solicitation of prostitution at the club. Investigators also found multiple dancers were fully nude without city approval.

In a prepared statement, Morales said the police’s investigation was leading to the shutdown, but a shooting during the weekend where one of the club’s employees was injured created an emergency situation.

“It is clear that this establishment has become a haven for violent felons, drug dealing and illegal sexual activity,” he said. “This kind of institution does not belong in any city and needed to be shut down.”

According to a letter sent to the club’s management Tuesday, at least 15 gunshots were fired early Sunday morning leaving one employee injured. The bullets damaged some neighboring storefronts.

Morales revoked the club’s business license under a city law that allows him to do so in an emergency that threatens the public health, safety and welfare.

The Office’s management did not return a request for comment Tuesday evening.