Miami Beach Residents Gather To Demand an End to Urban Beach Weekend

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Rich Abdill
A protestor holding one of the many signs against Urban Beach Weekend.
​About 200 residents gathered in front of Miami Beach City Hall Friday night to demand an end to the city's Urban Beach Weekend, which this year saw 431 arrests and two police shootings that left one man dead and four bystanders shot.

Protestors held signs with messages like "It's not about black or white. It's about wrong or right," and "Don't shoot! I'm a local." Another sign said Miami Beach Mayor "Mattie [sic] Bower pimped our town."

There were many calls for an end to the weekend celebration but few actual proposed solutions. Someone yelled "they did it in Atlanta," a reference to that city's crackdown on the popular "Freaknik" parties in the late 1990s.

Several speakers rotated at the megaphone, including Walker Burttschell, who enlisted in the Marines after Sept. 11, 2001. He said the purpose of the holiday had been completely lost, that "Memorial Day weekend is not about debauchery."

Ocean Drive resident Randie Hofer, one of only a handful of African Americans at the event, also spoke.

"There's nothing we can do to turn this around," she said. "These people are armed to the teeth... Every year there will be more deaths."

Resident Normando Matos didn't speak to the group at large, but did say that the city has "a culture of inviting cash to the beach... But does money mitigate body bagging?"

Some residents have vehemently spoken out against the annual event, which drew between 150,000 and 200,000 people. Officials reported that 177 tons of trash was collected in the 10-block stretch where most of the partying was concentrated over Memorial Day weekend.

Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower, who was not at the event, said Tuesday there wasn't much the city could do to reel in the revelers because the city did not play any part in organizing the event and there were no permits to revoke. She also blamed the ACLU for stifling rigorous enforcement at the event, compared to spring break, when the group is "not there saying 'you can't search that cooler.'"

The Florida ACLU responded Thursday, writing in a letter to Bower that "we strongly support the efforts of law enforcement to protect both residents and visitors, while at the same time, ensuring that the rights of all participants in Urban Beach Weekend, and other events, are respected."

But the group did not have a friend at Friday's rally -- Hofer drew cheers when she suggested building a facial recognition system into the bridges into Miami Beach and said "let the ACLU eat that."

There was also clapping when a man in the crowd yelled "screw the ACLU. They don't live here."

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Guillermosilvagni
Guillermosilvagni

They come and we have to go, poor tourists the image they have about south beach and they don't bring any money in

Ted_bell
Ted_bell

Miami Beach cops are utterly worthless welfare recipients that like to sleep in their patrol car during the day and rape drunken dumb bimbos at night.

It must be nice to not having to patrol the streets of overtown or any of the other high crime areas of Miami Dade.

Correct me if I am wrong but are Miami Beach cops required to put in certain amount of time patrolling the more high crime areas of Miami Dade or do they spend all their time sleeping in their patrol cars during the day and raping drunken broads at night while real cops are dying in vain because of these pigs?!?

Then again we are taking about SoBe,

Ted_bell
Ted_bell

Not that I'm all 100% ACLU but if a law was ever passed to ban the Spanish language from being spoken in public all of you ACLU bashers would be the first ones running to the ACLU screaming about how my civil rights were violated, f'n hypocrites...LOL

your cousin, me!
your cousin, me!

Go Mike!!! Go Mike!!!  You tell 'em!!!  Peace! We want PEACE in Miami!!!

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

There was also clapping when a man in the crowd yelled "screw the ACLU. They don't live here."

Hopefully the ACLU shuts Miami Beach down too. Only douche bags live there. Good riddance.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

From what I heard, there were only but 100 people on the beach during these events. Now how does someone get all riled up over this? 150,000-200,000 that sounds very unrealistic.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

That picture in this article is very very very ignorant. "Techno never shot anyone!" .... It was those DIRTY COPS yall have on Miami Beach that "shot" someone for no reason. Now they are all exposing you dirt bags on CNN across the country. Good job MBPD. I'm never stepping foot over there and I am encouraging all my friends to not go there. Piss on that.

Julianm09
Julianm09

After more than 60 years as a vacation destination will Mathew Earl's boycott of one of the world's most popular destinations succeed?! Will his campaign to encourage his friends lead to the demise of America's Riviera?! Just after Miami Dade County experiences its most successful year in terms of tourism, will Mathew Earl bring a stop to it?! 

We'll see in due time. 

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

I don't have to! But the media will! The media will expose you morons and your corrupt scumbag police department! No one will want to vacation in your dump. At least, no one with half a brain. The only morons that vacation to Miami Beach are the ones with a brain stem for a noodle. Why is it that only morons party on the beach?

Ted_bell
Ted_bell

Meh, the stupidity of the people of Miami Dade County eventually will lead to the demise of America's Riviera.

Why is it that most of the people that party in half-ass Ft. Lauderdale on the weekends are from Miami Dade County.

Most successful year in terms of tourism? Is this something you heard?  Or do you have actual "stats" to backup your statement Julianm09?

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

"Why is it that most of the people that party in half-ass Ft. Lauderdale on the weekends are from Miami Dade County."

Because Fort Lauderdale is more classy. I'm sure the "beach cops" there aren't quite as crooked as the MBPD either. Anyone who wants to party and have a good time should stay away from SoBe because the pigs patrol the beach there.

Ted_bell
Ted_bell

I am willing to bet most of the people making these comments about black folk are of Cuban descent??  Of course I'm making generalizations here and being someone that's a non Spanish speaking white cracker that loves Afro-Cuban music and Cuban women I must say from personal experience being around enough of ya that most of you people have only racist and bigoted things to say about ALL Non-Cubans whether they are black, Jewish, Puerto Rican and us dumb redneck Anglo Americans (which I've been accused of being)

Now how did the Batista Gov. get their asses handed to them again??

I am afraid history is going to teach you snobs a very painful lesson into what happens when you ignore a certain segment of societies population and now don't tell me how people in the inner city are all on welfare or how they're too damn lazy to get a job unlike you're fathers and uncles that were uneducated murderous white "narco-terrorists" cocaine cowboys my ass. 

Scarface was a great movie but doesn't take away from the fact that most of y'all posting here are 2nd or 3rd generation trust fund babies that are forever left with the sins of your fathers.

The truth is probably most the blacks from the inner city hate white people as much as the white folk living in sobe hate black folk.

It's really a shame that civil discourse has devolved to this point (if you consider that there is any civil discourse left)

Most of the people talking smack about killing the criminals must remember that you have more to lose than they do at this point so just remember when you live by the sword you die by the sword.

Be care for what you wish for because you might get whats coming to you.

Too bad it has to be this way....

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Very well said! I loved the part you mentioned about the cocaine cowboys back in the 80s. Most of these scumfuckers that live on SoBe are descendants of the cocaine cowboy "narco-terrorists". Something that contributed to a much much higher crime rate than some beach party gone wild. Its all hypocrisy and ignorance that will bring these beach people down.

The Kingfish
The Kingfish

Don't associate all black people with this urban nonsense or the hip hops.

Kill the criminals
Kill the criminals

200,000 black thugs and gangsters. Too many bring guns and weapons.

Mattie Bower is out of touch.

Shoot to kill all the criminals.

Me
Me

Dont you dare blame the cops! You go out there in their shoes and try a stop a criminal in a car trying to run cops and people over! They did what they had to do to stop him.  Blame the city for allowing this nightmare to continue and the ACLU for tying the law enforcement hands in enforcing the laws.  Every year they come and we have shootings, stabbings, robberies and rapes. Enough is Enough!

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Hah! CNN is exposing you wild animals that "patrol" the streets of Miami Beach! Shoot to kill first then ask questions. Thats operations for the pigs of Miami Beach. SMH...

Daderesident
Daderesident

I can't feel sorry for the Johnny Comelatelies that inhabit the new condos. They contributed to the destruction of the middle-class motels along the beach. They also demanded parking spots to the detriment of the rest of Dade County residents.  Not to mention all the condos/hotels beach umbrellas and chairs which leave little space for the lucky few who can find a parking spot.  You deserve it, suckers!!!!!

Ted_bell
Ted_bell

Isn't that the damn truth!!

White wimmins!
White wimmins!

What are the naive white "progressive" libtards going to do when no one trembles anymore at the thought of being called a "racist"? It is their only weapon! Wake up to reality. Reality is racist. Nature itself is completely racist from top to bottom. Absolutely everything about animal life on Earth is "racist". Face the cold hard facts of life, you fact-denying, evolution-denying "progressive" faith-based religious fanatics! 

Nothappy
Nothappy

Fuck the ACLU!!! They have no right to step in! They aren't residences, they dont pay MB taxes... This isn't about white or black... This is about total disrespect for the community who wants to pay respect to our veterans.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

The ACLU has a right to bring justice to anywhere there is a social disturbance.

JG
JG

Social disturbance? You idiot know-nothing undergrad.

Sm42466
Sm42466

Just shut the beach down didn't Jesse Jackson a few years ago threaten to boycott the beach who cares.

Waingraham
Waingraham

Its time for new leadership. The same commission and mayor who raised our taxes last year are the same ones who brought us "hip hop weekend"  Return the city to the residents who are terrified and inconvenienced so a few hotel owners can make a profit.

Ted_bell
Ted_bell

OMG THE BLACK PEOPLE ARE COMING!!!! THE BLACK PEOPLE ARE COMING!!!!! LOL!!

Dead sleeping resident
Dead sleeping resident

Police fire over 100 shots. Police bullets could have killed a sleeping taxpaying resident.

Mayor Bower,You listening?

100 shots?
100 shots?

Do cops really need over 100 bullets to stop one black driver. Maybe they killed him for having tats and ugly dreads?

They put him down.

Maybe if the cops would kill a black thug early in the weekend other criminals would behave?

End Urban Crime Week
End Urban Crime Week

Mayor Mattie Bower and her ex-New Times writer staffer Rebecca Wakefield should get recalled.

Disrespectful blacks have made South Beach a war zone. Dozens of cops shooting over 100 bullets towards bystanders doesn't help.

Blacks show no respect
Blacks show no respect

Low life uneducated career criminal black thugs - both male and female - have destroyed Miami Beach.

No more gangsters. No more criminals.Return South Beach to the residents.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Apparently "Urban beach weekend" only lasts a couple of days. Other than that, I would say its you white folks screwing everything up on the beach the rest of the year. Do the police shootings ring a bell?

Big Picture
Big Picture

I live on the beach and I don't like these racist comments. Violence happens every day in Miami, but we only get outraged if it happens in OUR neighborhood? 

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