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South Beach Will Be a Police State this Weekend: Here's What to Expect

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In a $1.8 million effort to control crowds (and, lets be honest, discourage Urban Beach Week festivities from happening in the future), South Beach will resemble nothing short of a police state this weekend. Though, The Miami Herald's Miami Beach reporter David Smiley tweets that "projected Memorial Day weekend Miami Beach hotel occupancy remains way below last year's actual occupancy figures," the Miami Beach Police Department, under the leadership of new Police Chief Ray Martinez and pressure from locals, is preparing for the worst. Here's all the reported measures police will be taking on Miami Beach this weekend.

Traffic on the MacArthur and Julia Tuttle causeways could be restricted to one lane, and a DUI checkpoint will be set up
Between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, traffic toward South Beach on the MacArthur Causeway will be reduced to just one lane. A DUI checkpoint will also be set up on the causeway. Traffic on the Julia Tuttle could be also reduced to a single lane if traffic becomes too thick, which seems somewhat counter-intuitive. The effect this could have on traffic on either sides of the causeways is unforeseeable.

High-tech scanners will scan license plates on the Tuttle and MacArthur Causeways and check for outstanding warrants
Drivers with outstanding warrants will be pulled over.

The Venetian Causeway won't actually be closed to non-residents, but police will try their hardest to make it appear that way
According to Belle Isle Blog, there will be signs up proclaiming that the Venetian will be open only to Miami Beach and Miami residents. Police may also be asking for ID. However, technically the county has not restricted access to the Venetian. Police will be swarming the isles along the causeway.

Once inside South Beach, visitors will be greeted by around 600 police officers
In addition to Miami Beach PD, officers from more than a dozen other local forces will be patrolling the island. Depending on who you ask, there may or may not be a 2,000 arrest quota.

Ocean Drive will be open to pedestrians only
From Friday night until Tuesday morning from Fifth go 15th Streets.

A "Traffic Loop" will be in effect on Washington and Collins Avenues
Traffic on Collins Avenue will only be allowed to head north throughout the weekend. Traffic on Washington will only be allowed to move south from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Roadblocks will be set up limiting traffic into residential areas.

Cars and people entering residential areas will be asked for ID
If you try to enter the following area you'll be asked for ID: South of Fifth Street between Alton Road and Euclid Avenue; between Fifth Street and Lincoln Road from Washington Avenue to Alton Road; between Dade Boulevard and 41st Street from Alton to Collins Avenue. However, no one will officially be denied access. Again, it appears they only want to create the appearance that these areas are off limit to non-locals.

Enforcement of infractions like public drinking will be stepped up
Even though enforcement of bans against drinking alcohol on the beach have been traditionally lax, police will be sure to enforce just about every law on the books this weekend. Miami-Dade Police have ramped up similar efforts during major weekends in the lead up to Memorial Day Weekend to avoid criticism.

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F

Atleast the beach wont be crowded since black people cant swim

Gmail
Gmail

Liberty City, Opa Locka ,Overtown, Little Haiti are all ideal locations for Urban Music Fest  imagine all the brotherly love .We could have Jessie Jackson ,Al Sharpton,  Trayvon's parents ,Miami Zombie's parents and Rodney King .Inflatable swimming pools ,Cough Syrup , Fried Chicken   and Watermelon eating competition just imagine 2013 Memorial Day Weekend Luther Campbell could have his wife (me so horny me love you long time)  stripping .Rick Ross chef for BBQ .Dj Khaled could be in charge of sanitation portable pottys. I had a dream.. C'mon miami lets makes this happen !!

BOO
BOO

I've read every post.. And replied to some...Y R all these young Caucasians so angry and scared.... Listen if there is a crime issue .. It can b dealt with.. But your issue is fear... Fear of the other.. Having a good time.... Ignoring your existence.. Fear of knowing u r not as important as u think... You young Turks seem to have all the data in black crime... Music... Style... Hell even sexual habits...Y.... Don't worry eventually u will assimilate every thing about black culture into yours... Look its simple us "big black bucks" will not rape your women.. Steal your land... Take away your freedom...... Thats not our style that's your legacy..

Red Penn
Red Penn

Next year there will be a weigh in.  Excessive lard in the posterior will not be allowed on the beach.  That will provide crowd control.

Butt crack blacks
Butt crack blacks

The fat ugly Negroes scare away real tourists and families who want to visit and spend money. Who wants to look at Negroes with baggy pants showing their butt cracks?

Redhatian
Redhatian

Its funny to hear people being so negative  about race and closed minded about different cultures I wonder if people felt the same way about Cuban refugees when they first got here and wanting them to get the fuck out of their city.  Just remember being intolerant and prejudice cuts both ways just like how people are up in arms about having urban beach weekend maybe some (white folks) are twice as upset about immigration laws and the influx of people from south of the boarder making homes in their cities.  All I'm saying is to think twice about judging people in such broad strokes because somebody could turn around and do the same thing to you.

Alesmcsgotalildick
Alesmcsgotalildick

O.K. fine black folks do cut up on the beach for just one weekend a year after that every other weekend is pile drive a gay dudes ass weekend

Stay home Trayvon's
Stay home Trayvon's

South Beach is infested with ghetto Negroes wearing oversized tank tops and undersized wallets.

Disgusting!
Disgusting!

Dumb blacks wearing baggy pants showing their ass cracks...

Carmeloriv
Carmeloriv

I say... Just stop this weekend period!!! It's the worst weekend in miami!!!! Absolutely horrible!!!! Freakin animals!!

Shoot first...
Shoot first...

Why do ghetto blacks walk around with their pants so low they are showing their dirty underwear with excrement skid marks? Sometimes they show their butt cheeks. Are they advertising that they are gay? Why show their asses? Police should shoot all these idiots.

Count L.F. Chudzikiewicz herb.
Count L.F. Chudzikiewicz herb.

l. Oxnx is wrong, the crowd at Calle Ocho is larger BUT NO DRUGS, GUN FIGHTS, etc. AND PRIVATE PROPERTY IS RESPECTED (No urinations on people's lawns in front of seniors and children)2. #Truth is a native Miami Beach resident and using street language. I doubt the statement they were born on Miami Beach.3. I go to large events in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and NO WHERE is the crowd as lower than lower class that the "Urban Weekend" people. They simply don't know how to behave! They curse, steal, blare loud music (Matt Johnson's comment about 11:00 p.m. sound ordinance in Miami-Dade County is different then New York City's is TOTALLY WRONG! New York City has a TOUGHER NOISE ORDINANCE than either Miami-Dade County or the City of Miami Beach, and furthermore as anyone knows a citizen thru a Community Board in New York City can get a club to lower their sound or get their business permits yanked which DOES NOT happen on Miami Beach because the Zoning Board SINCE I STOPPED GOING TO MEETINGS TO PROTEST VIOLATIONS does not even "warn" noise violators who HAVE VARIANCES THEY CAN CANCELL! I am afraid Matt Johnson is either uneducated about Noise Ordinances or is a plain liar.4. The "defenses" of Black people come with profanity and point out why people don't want Urban Weekends anywhere INCLUDING BLACK ATLANTA where the BLACK MAYOR and BLACK ELECTED GOVERNMENT stopped it there! So much for the loathing of this event being solely "racism", i.e. Blacks in Atlanta don't want it EITHER!

Enigma954
Enigma954

I am shocked (well not much, reading some of the comments), that some of you are so blind to what this really is.  I'm sorry, but I have no problem with beefed up patrol or even DUI check points, but I do have a problem with illegal searches and pat downs for no reason.  If they were doing this at the Chilli Cook-off we wouldn't even be having this kind of conversation.  They have always had beefed up patrol on South Beach during Memorial Day Weekend and there had been no more problems than could be expected when you have that many people in one place "partying."  Memorial Day Weekend on South Beach has been the same for over ten years and has never received this much attention.  A local news station recently reported the crime statistics for this venue and it showed that the number of crimes had steadily and drastically declined since this tradition started.  Last year was the first major incident to occur on during a South Beach venue such as this, when police opened fire on a car of unarmed black men (NO weapons were found in the vehicle, where police said one of them pulled out a firearm).But now at a time that revenue is at an all time low in Miami, to the point that they were threatening to lay off Police and Firefighters.  Now they have money to fund this kind of operation, really?  I bet you that now they will be lobbying for more police officers.  Or is the plan?I can hardly wait for the report that shows how much the city and not to mention the businesses lost because of this.  This same thing happened when Fort Lauderdale did the same thing to Spring Break and since then they have been trying to get Spring Break back.  Some officials who approved this tactic will soon be out of a job.People really need to wake up.  Every Constitutional right that the police violate and get away with, is a Constitutional Right of yours that they will be able to break in the future.  I'd like to see who will be writing a post then, complaining about what happened to them.  Today it is the African Americans who are being targeted, tomorrow it will be everyone.

Shoot to kill
Shoot to kill

I hope police use AK 47's on the gangbanger Negroes who cause trouble on South Beach. Real legitimate taxpaying law-abiding people live on Miami Beach. Why should they get overrun and/or chased out of town by ghetto blacks?

Peveroz
Peveroz

There are a few civil rights leaders with a different vision. When President Barack Obama commented about the Trayvon Martin case, T. Willard Fair, president of the Urban League of Greater Miami, told The Daily Caller that "the outrage should be about us killing each other, about black-on-black crime." He asked rhetorically, "Wouldn't you think to have 41 people shot (in Chicago) between Friday morning and Monday morning would be much more newsworthy and deserve much more outrage?" Former NAACP leader Pastor C.L. Bryant said the rallies organized by Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson suggest there is an epidemic of "white men killing black young men," adding: "The epidemic is truly black-on-black crime. The greatest danger to the lives of young black men are young black men."Not only is there silence about black-on-black crime; there's silence and concealment about black racist attacks on whites -- for example, the recent attacks on two Virginian-Pilot newspaper reporters set upon and beaten by a mob of young blacks. The story wasn't even covered by their own newspaper. In March, a black mob assaulted, knocked unconscious, disrobed and robbed a white tourist in downtown Baltimore. Black mobs have roamed the streets of Denver, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Cleveland, Washington, Los Angeles and other cities, making unprovoked attacks on whites and running off with their belongings.Racist attacks have been against not only whites but also Asians. Such attacks include the San Francisco beating death of an 83-year-old Chinese man, the pushing of a 57-year-old woman off a train platform and the knocking of a 59-year-old Chinese man to the ground, which killed him. For years, Asian school students in New York and Philadelphia have been beaten up by their black classmates and called racist epithets -- for example, "Hey, Chinese!" and "Yo, dragon ball!" But that kind of bullying, unlike the bullying of homosexuals, goes unreported and unpunished.Racial demagoguery from the president on down is not in our nation's best interests, plus it's dangerous. As my colleague Thomas Sowell recently put it, "if there is anything worse than a one-sided race war, it is a two-sided race war, especially when one of the races outnumbers the other several times over."Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.

Peveroz
Peveroz

magnitude of this tragic mayhem can be viewed in another light. According to a Tuskegee Institute study, between the years 1882 and 1968, 3,446 blacks were lynched at the hands of whites. Black fatalities during the Korean War (3,075), Vietnam War (7,243) and all wars since 1980 (8,197) come to 18,515, a number that pales in comparison with black loss of life at home. It's a tragic commentary to be able to say that young black males have a greater chance of reaching maturity on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan than on the streets of Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Oakland, Newark and other cities.A much larger issue is how might we interpret the deafening silence about the day-to-day murder in black communities compared with the national uproar over the killing of Trayvon Martin. Such a response by politicians, civil rights organizations and the mainstream news media could easily be interpreted as "blacks killing other blacks is of little concern, but it's unacceptable for a white to kill a black person."

Peveroz
Peveroz

Each year, roughly 7,000 blacks are murdered. Ninety-four percent of the time, the murderer is another black person. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 1976 and 2011, there were 279,384 black murder victims. Using the 94 percent figure means that 262,621 were murdered by other blacks. Though blacks are 13 percent of the nation's population, they account for more than 50 percent of homicide victims. Nationally, black homicide victimization rate is six times that of whites, and in some cities, it's 22 times that of whites. Coupled with being most of the nation's homicide victims, blacks are most of the victims of violent personal crimes, such as assault and robbery.

Jabari Jones
Jabari Jones

they love 2 hate us... but its ok.....does it feel good 2 hate??????.... we aren who  we are are you???

Alvarezday42
Alvarezday42

It's horrible memorial weekend if you live in Miami I think I'm goin to sart my own party somewhere in a Kendall parking lot haha... Y'all got to GTFO and I'm being nice!

KEYSTONELIGHT
KEYSTONELIGHT

Right now is tha calm before tha storm...Just wait till all tha negros git there, then....Its,Showtime..!!!

♔Jay Peso™♔
♔Jay Peso™♔

At what point do BLACK AMERICANS get a place to shine there flashy cars n bikes without being HARRASED or SET UP with these obvious situations....ALL WE WANNA DO IS HAVE FUN!!!!!!

Toby
Toby

I fully support the "Urban Beach Weekend", it is my most lucritive weekend of the year !!!I can't understand why all the other businesses on South Beach do so poorly or just close their doors.

Thanks again and come back soon,Stan the Watermelon Man 

Matt Johnson
Matt Johnson

can someone explain to me why Miami locals are snotty and stubborn..... Way worse than New York. By far. 11 o clock curfew for music? What the fuck is that.......

Jungle Bunny
Jungle Bunny

I really wish this silly weekend were scrapped already. Seriously WMC has only been a positive presence since it arrived here to Miami, but unfortunately "Urban Weekend" is just another excuse for black people & those affiliated with the ghetto culture to act like a bunch of hoodlums. Seriously if things go well it won't change a thing shops across the beach will continue to close during the weekend, crime & arrest rates will still continue to skyrocket & the only thing to be benefited from this will be that racists will say "I told you so". In conclusion let's keep pressuring the government of Miami Beach to end this weekend & keep unwanted elements away from this city. Miami was once a destination for families. Not anymore.

#truth
#truth

None of you are locals , you all migrated to Miami . As for me I'm a true local born and raised in Miami beach . And all of you are so racist how can you sit here a judge . Guarantee you all party and think your the shit when your prolly more broke then half the people that come here during memorial wknd . So shut up and deal with it .

Matt Johnson
Matt Johnson

why is Urban Weekend so bad? I just recently moved down here, and I've always been to the WMC and Ultra events and those are fine. Everyone just chills and has a good time. What is the difference here? and for everyone saying racist remarks and claiming to own the city, you're no different from anyone else, you may act differently, but all this entitlement just because your a local doesn't give you a right to sound dumb and ignorant. Entitlement gets you nowhere in life. You sound like a bunch of spoiled children afraid of change.

Aphoto
Aphoto

Shut up, monkey.

Gmail
Gmail

dont call them negroes  they are Chimpazee primates with 2 legs

kirkslade
kirkslade

No joke, here's the answer. It started in prison. It's a way of letting other inmates know that you are available. Research it. I guess all the ghetto folk are looking for a mate.

Guest
Guest

Not that it will make a difference to anyone but I went to SoBe over the weekend with friends. We had no idea about Urban Beach Week when we booked, we're not from the US. In our rental car on the way to the hotel on Washington we were stopped several times and given a hard time by two police officers, made to show documentation of our hotel reservation etc. And we are four middle-aged white people. Relatively boring, middle-aged white people. We had a nice weekend, but we were back at the hotel in bed by midnight, for the most part. Not because we were nervous, but because we are middle-aged. :) There are always problems when you have large numbers of people and alcohol or drugs. The Miami police did a good job of letting people have fun, while making sure the energy stayed positive. 

Wakdood
Wakdood

Perhaps the only person with some sense in this circle jerk of hatred, thanks for shooting your load on these degenerates.

Americal69
Americal69

heres the thing.  i live in a lilly white town.   every year tens of thousands of white people descend on our town for 10 days to celebrate Coast Guard Day... typically they are loud drunken boors who go eventually go home.   that doesnt stop the police from being jerks at all

BeachDude7
BeachDude7

Ye,s that is a Taboo for the mainstream media in this country and if anybody try to said something is been categorize as a intolerant racist, and with this president what we can hope, please!!!

Calieanthonywaswhite
Calieanthonywaswhite

Your a idiot... Seriously so with your logic .... Its okay for blacks to kill whites.... By the way your numbers show that crimes committed upon whites ... Are by whites.... Common race crimes statistics have been around for decades.... So your google numbers don't make u appear smarter... How about this when u hear about the next little white girl raped.. Kidnapped.. Beaten..etc... The next preacher who molested little Caucasian boys.... The next redneck meth.. Lab that explodes....... When your talking to your friends and they can't believe the horror.... Bring up the statistics........"GOOGLE PROFESSOR"

kirkslade
kirkslade

Please don't use statistics down here. Many people get offended. For some reason, it is better to be nice, instead of correct. Be prepared for the most useless arguments that you have ever heard. By the way, nice job on your posts. They are well written and factual.

Globalpip
Globalpip

Are you f**king serious??!!! Is it seriously that hard to speak English, Pronounce your words properly, and use correct grammar???

Gmail
Gmail

Ha HA HA you are funny you made me laugh so hard .

BeachDude77
BeachDude77

Johnson if you don't like the way we are in Miami Beach, go and live in another more pleasant place for your taste.

Ckheadhunter
Ckheadhunter

not all are but i know what you mean.some maybe think they're special to live in an world famous party town(attitude).others are jealous of the rich-they work hard and struggle to pay the bills.overall it's pretty expensive to live here-especially if you want to party a lot and i'm not talking about going to the local bars.i think it's one of the most if not the most competitive worldwide.that brings stress,pressure etc.people from LV say it's more "stressfull" to party here.basically the town is built on partys-not solely of course but still a big part evolves around it.on top of that you have around 12 mio. visitors yearly combined with a high density that leads to the 11 o clock curfew.in lots of hotels and buildings is no music.the newer(but sometimes even there problems),better(insulation etc.) ones,mansions,houses it's a different story.the exowner of the Versace Villa complained once because his window shutters were banging against the windows when closed or the walls when open because of hightech powered bass systems from bydriving cars on Ocean Drive.still you have lots of top nightclubs pumping out music till 5am on a regular basis and sometimes till noon or later(Space).also i think, like somebody here blogged you have curfews in NY-one famous lawsuit regarding industrial musicsound was with Madonna and i'm pretty sure her place was/is state of the art.i guess after all NY is a little less party/going out oriented, comparable to LA.    

Ckheadhunter
Ckheadhunter

not all locals are snotty and stubborn but i know what you mean.some maybe think they're special because of living in a world famous(party,amusement) town.yet others just play a role (attitude).also a lot are jealous of the " RICH".yet others work hard and still struggle to pay their bills.the cost of living is pretty high.also the party scene is i'd say one of the most if not the most competitive in the world.that creates stress,pressure etc.the 11 o clock curfew for music is a little bit easier to explain.high density,every night parties-residents complain,even hotel guests.the exowner of the versace villa complained because of hightech powered bass systems in bydriving cars-his window shutters started to bang against the windows when closed or walls when open.in a lot of buildings and hotels is no music.different story with the mansions or very well built/insulated buildings-mostly new and very pricey.then again the nightclubs,bars pump music till 5am-some even till noon(space) or later. miami beach has around 12mio.visitors per year-lots of them want to party.NY is maybe a little less party oriented and more after what i heared comparable to LA.some people said LV is "relaxed"when it comes to parties compared with South Beach.another good example for the curfew is Fort Lauderdale and we all know what happened there.

Globalpip
Globalpip

Using a # is the sign of a true douchebag

Matt Johnson
Matt Johnson

never understood why people judge others..... How shallow can you be

Liquid
Liquid

you just moved here so you really don't have any knowledge about how this weekend is and always has been. Stay here for a while and see if you feel the same way. Guaranteed you'll have a change of heart.

Gmail
Gmail

Dont call him monkey he is a BaBOON

Alesmcsgotalildick
Alesmcsgotalildick

Quick question.....How may times have you been raped in prison because to me your sounding like you have first hand knowledge

Mcvito00
Mcvito00

You guys are right, my little daughter's bday falls on memorial weekend and we got as far as possible from south beach we went to Orlando.

Matt Johnson
Matt Johnson

i'm not one to judge for the actions of other people to the point of being racist to get a point across. If you don't like it, don't go to Miami that weekend. Simple solution, people pouting about one weekend out of the year is quite ridiculous. I've been to crazy festivals calle ocho, as well as international. To me this is just another weekend.

kirkslade
kirkslade

Over 50% of all murders and felonies are committed by a group that accounts for 12.7% of the population. The idiot is you. Keep fighting stats and the overwhelming backlash against this "festival". Even Atlanta didn't want it to happen there.

Chcgsimpson
Chcgsimpson

Ummmmm Dude... With all your double talk u gotta know "U R Racist".... Every thing you say is racist. The Reality is all festivals and concerts that attract younger people will draw a unkind element, thus the constant police presence... Isolated incidents occur and the media coverage gravitates towards the heinous... Countless rapes, robberies etc happened at both woidstocks,lallapalooza and even Lilith fair.. If you don't like the festival... Move.. Just Move... I'm sure where ever u go in this .. Find a area where u have very little contact with "Blacks".. Their will b no crime... And u can sleep with your doors open... Because as we all know that there are no whites in prison...... IDIOT....

Americal69
Americal69

being out a 3 am is stupid anywhere.  go home, go to bed so you can get up tommorow for work.

Too Busy To Hate
Too Busy To Hate

I don't suppose it ever occured to you to come back and say "my bad" when the causeway shooting turned out to have absolutely NOTHING to do with anything happening on the Beach.

No, that's right. Forgot that people like you can't stand when the facts ruin a good story.

Liquid
Liquid

you make good points, except for the quote "If you don't like it, don't go to Miami that weekend", I've lived on SB for 15 years, so I'm not going there, I live here and unfortunately this weekend has been a nightmare every year with no change in sight. It has nothing to do with the color to me, its just that the small percentage behave like animals, and destroy our town and way of life.

kirkslade
kirkslade

Follow me here... If I had to choose between a room where 20% of the people had the common cold vs. 75% of the people that had the common cold, I would choose the room that had less sick people. To say that all black people are bad is silly. I would never say that. Most are good. With that said I have a question to ask you. If you were married to a white woman (Which I applaud), would you take her and your two little kids, ages 2 and 5 to Liberty City and walk the streets at 3a.m? I think I know the answer. I will make it easier. Would you take just your white wife to Liberty City and go for a leisurely stroll? Why not? You might run into some good black people. We have already agreed that most, I will say 95% are good. Why wouldn't you do it? Lastly, in regards to your first point. You have been other festivals. So have I. No on gets shot there. Get it? Bad comparison. BTW, 2 people just got shot on the causeway. This happens at other festivals?

Matt Johnson
Matt Johnson

so just because it happens as an isolated incident you label all black people as "criminals". I don't think that's a fair criticism. Just because this incident happened doesn't mean it doesn't occur on other days besides this weekend...... 

kirkslade
kirkslade

Great point! Will you feel the same way if you are abducted from the street, then taken to an ATM and robbed. Next step is you will be beaten and made to watch as your girlfriend is raped, tortured, sodomized, and killed. It happened two years ago. The people were abducted from Bayside. Remember not to lock your door, because you should trust all. Meet me later for drinks in Liberty City. Should we meet around 1a.m?

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