Meeting held to discuss SoBe Memorial Day
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Officials have gathered with residents in Miami Beach to come up with new strategies to prevent problems during Memorial Day weekend this year.
Miami Beach city officials and concerned residents gathered in a meeting on Tuesday afternoon and revealed new plans for the 13th annual Urban Beach Weekend. "It's something that I'm not really looking forward to because people are partying too much," said Miami Beach resident Ivette Borrello.
Part of the plan includes closing down residential streets including North Bay Road to prevent visitors from making short cuts around Miami Beach.
Police will be closing down Ocean Drive Avenue to cars and will make it a pedestrian-only zone next Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Police will be using a one-way traffic zone on Collins Avenue going northbound between Fifth Street and Sixteen Street. Washington Avenue will be a southbound traffic zone only, near Fifth Street and Sixteen Street.
License plate readers will be on the lookout for stolen vehicles and wanted criminals that are linked to that specific car tag.
A DUI checkpoint will be in place for cars coming into Miami Beach. Last year, police arrested six people. "Last year, we actually completely rethought how we addressed this and made a lot of adjustments and a lot of changes in which we think were very successful in making sure that the people that come here are safe, that they can enjoy themselves, but, at the same time, that our residence can stay at home and feel safe," said Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez.
Residents are concerned because the weekend has brought a lot of traffic and sometimes crime, including shootings. "I think this plan in particular, it seems like the city, you know, we are getting better in improving, and we are moving towards a possible time when maybe residents will actually want to celebrate Memorial Day weekend here on Miami Beach," said resident Kristen Rosen Gonzalez.
Officials are asking visitors to keep the volume in their cars down, stash the trash, keep alcohol indoors and keep glass off the beach.
In 2011, a suspected gunman was shot and killed by Miami Beach Police on Washington Avenue. Police are hoping to avoid another situation from happening.
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