Miami Beach Memorial Day Weekend 2013: Prepare For More Traffic Loops, DUI Stops, and License Plate Scans
But things went pretty smoothly last year -- other than "Miami Zombie" Rudy Eugene eating someone's face, of course -- and Martinez feels like his plan and department were both vindicated.
"Since 2001, our guys have gone out there and busted their ass ... working up to 16 hours a day for five days straight," he says. "And then for 11 and a half months we've been criticized ... for not being able to handle Memorial Day, for not being able to handle the crowds, for it being out of control."
"Last year was the first year you saw a significant change in how we approached Memorial Day," Martinez adds. "The feedback from the residents, from the community, from the media, from the public was overwhelming in a positive way."
"[Critics] thought we were going to be violating peoples' rights, but we didn't," adds deputy chief Mark Overton. "You can't please everybody. So what we did is we stuck to our guns and it was very, very successful. That's a model for us now to continue and that's what we plan on doing this year."
Let's hope the plan works as well this time around, and no one is mauled or mowed down by bullets.