Miami Beach

Miami Beach ban on alcohol sales at sidewalk cafes after 2 a.m. gets initial approval

Under a proposal being pushed by Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, city law would prohibit the sale and consumption of alcohol in sidewalk cafes, patios and bars throughout the city between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. Currently, last call inside and outside is 5 a.m.
Under a proposal being pushed by Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, city law would prohibit the sale and consumption of alcohol in sidewalk cafes, patios and bars throughout the city between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. Currently, last call inside and outside is 5 a.m. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

The Miami Beach City Commission met Wednesday. Here’s the meeting at a glance:

THE MAIN ITEM

Commissioners gave initial approval to a ban on selling alcohol at sidewalk cafes from 2 to 8 a.m. The proposal, which passed on first reading and will be considered again with a public hearing May 20, was scaled down from its original form. Mayor Philip Levine had originally proposed to stop alcohol sales at 2 a.m. in all outdoor areas, including sidewalk cafes, patios and outside bars.

Now the ordinance only applies to sidewalk cafes, many of which line the sidewalk along Ocean Drive in South Beach. The commission unanimously approved. Levine touted the vote as first step to cleaning up Ocean Drive, which he has called a “blight” due to drunken revelers.

“We need to clean up, and we need to make the city safe,” he said.

OTHER BUSINESS

▪ Police-involved shootings: Commissioners backed a new police department policy regarding police-involved shootings. In light of nationwide scrutiny of police, Police Chief Dan Oates suggested the department could, when he and City Manager Jimmy Morales deem it necessary, allow Miami-Dade police to investigate police involved-shootings. The commission supported the idea, and added prisoners dying in custody to the policy.

▪ Four-way stops: There are neighborhoods where there are intersections with two-way stops in between intersections with four-way stops, which Commissioner Joy Malakoff said can confuse drivers. Commissioner Michael Grieco raised the issue, advocating for more four-way stops. Because the county has to sign off on stop signs, Morales said he would talk to the county about what be could done at the city level.

THEY SAID IT

“This is about alcohol consumption on city property after 2 a.m. I think this is reasonable.” — Commissioner Michael Grieco, regarding the proposed alcohol ordinance.

You said it

The next meeting

▪ When: 8:30 a.m. May 20.

▪ Where: Miami Beach City Hall, 1700 Convention Center Dr.

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