Miami Beach Activist Blasts Proposal to Legalize Booze on Beach UPDATED
|courtesy of Frank Del Vecchio|
|Miami Beach near the Sixth Street lifeguard stand|
"Nobody wants kids getting drunk on the beach," says South Beach gadfly Frank Del Vecchio. "They already throw bottles, vomit, and urinate all over the place. If this passes, we will be inundated!"
The former prosecutor provided this photo of SoBe's trash-strewn sands -- taken Monday -- as evidence.
UPDATE: Late last night, Interim City Manager Kathie Brooks asked that the proposal be deferred at the behest of the Greater Miami & the Beaches Hotel Association.
Del Vecchio says he and scores of South Beach residents will protest the proposal when it's brought up during today's commission meeting.
The idea of allowing companies with beach concessions -- such as hotels that already serve food and soft drinks -- to also sell alcohol on the beach was first proposed by commissioner Jerry Libbin in 2010.
At the time, however, Del Vecchio rallied dozens of protesters to oppose the change. The idea was scrapped.
Del Vecchio accuses Libbin of once again trying to sneak the language into law without locals noticing.