Miami Beach Memorial Day Weekend 2013: Prepare For More Traffic Loops, DUI Stops, and License Plate Scans

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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.

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run.randrand
run.randrand

THEY RAN OUTTA THE "DECAPITATE MY FOOL PENCIL-NECKED HEAD BY SNATCHIN' THE GOLD HORSE CHAIN" PARA-DYNE---SO OFF THEY SCAMPERED TO "THE CHAIN- SAW"-GRASS MILLS OUTLET MALL  FOR A BIT OF "HOLIDAY FIVE-FINGER-DISCOUNTING"!!!!

run.randrand
run.randrand

"Build a police state-they won't come-business will shrink, the weeds and crabs will return...>>>>>"In-the-cir-cle-of life"! <<<<<(ya gotta pay-ya-gotta pay..!)

Eric Santa Rosa
Eric Santa Rosa

Miami Beach Police hope something goes wrong. They love to shoot. U can say all the racial shit u want about the people coming down. (But of course u will say it here..not to them) If Miami Beach really had a problem with Memorial day weekend they would protest. and not except the money from the people coming down. No hotel rooms, no shopping, no clubs. Oh wait...that's right..they like the money but not the people giving them the money.

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

Like, why would any rational person go anywhere near there?

mistrwrong
mistrwrong

Last year was much better. I live on the beach and it was good to see a balance between the folks who want to have fun and the folks who live here.

Danny Cespedes
Danny Cespedes

You know someone's getting shot. These hoodboogers can't control themselves in public, they like making a scene.

JoEl Vargas
JoEl Vargas

American Ghetto comes to Miami...again!

newshawk
newshawk

Michael - the face-mauling occurred in Miami, not Miami Beach.

newshawk
newshawk

But why let the facts get in the way of a sensational story, right?

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