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Latest Ocean Drive Plan Would Eliminate Sidewalk Cafe Obstacle Course

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Walking down the western sidewalk of Ocean Drive isn't so much a leisurely stroll as it is a maneuver through the middle of a never-ending string of crowded restaurants.

That's why Miami Beach commissioners are considering a way to eliminate the cramped atmosphere while preserving the strip's cafe culture. According to Miami Today, the latest plan calls for widening the sidewalk to 21.5 feet from 14.5 feet and limiting outside tables to the first 10 feet. Though, this would mean knocking two feet off of Lummus Park and narrowing the traffic lanes.

See also: Ocean Drive May Not Close to Cars, but Sidewalk Could Be Extended

Miami Beach Commissioners have been batting around ideas on how to make Ocean Drive more walkable for months now. Proposals have included turning it into a pedestrian-only road, leaving just a single one-way lane open to facilitate dropping off tourists at hotels, eliminating some parking or expanding the roadway into Lummus Park.

As it stands now, walking through the road is like a tropical urban obstacle course. You have to contend with people pushing menus and flyers at you, waiter carrying food, and trying not to roll your eyes at those tourists ordering those extra-large rip-off margaritas all while constrained in some areas to the five feet of walkway between sidewalk tables. Of course, one can always cross over to the eastern sidewalk to avoid all of that, and it's odd how comparatively few people do. It's almost like some people actually enjoy the chaos.

Regardless, the latest plan would keep the main roadway with more narrow lanes, and all parallel parking spots (parking that makes millions for the city, by the way). Two feet of Lummus Park would be lost, though.

Tables would be limited to just the first ten feet. That would leave well over 11 feet of open sidewalk for people to ramble out.

Commissioners are also discussing the idea of raising the rent they charge restaurants to put their tables on the sidewalk. Would those super-large slime green margaritas become even more expensive in order for restaurants to compensate? Who knows.

There's also no word on how much all of this would cost the city.

And hopefully none of this greatly effects the Palace's ability to put on Sunday brunch drag shows. If Miami isn't the kind of place you can occasionally see a six-foot drag queen jump down into a split on the hot concrete sidewalk in the middle of a bunch of tourists, it's just not a place worth living in anymore.

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Joseph Baez
Joseph Baez

I would NEVER EVER eat at ANY restaurant on ocean dr...

Jorge Vicens
Jorge Vicens

Um, why not leave it all the same and just allow the people with a brain in their head to use the beach side of the street--which is always completely empty--to walk to where they want to go... and then cross? That complex maneuver has worked for me for 20 years.

Stephon Kline
Stephon Kline

Make ocean drive one way and the lane towArds the hotels make into a walking strip.

Chris Hind
Chris Hind

nobody complains about khaosan road in Thailand. you alter something and you may make something charming into something cold and dead without history and drive away business

Michael Reinhardt
Michael Reinhardt

One way street so you can enlarge parking, keep money making parking meters an still have access to hotels by car .... Not sure why a one way street has not come up!?

Deepzpace Zuicide
Deepzpace Zuicide

Tell the hostesses to stop harassing pedestrians with bad over priced food.

Ryan George
Ryan George

Georgey Sánchez not have fat bunnies walking around.

Fullerene
Fullerene

Kyle Munzenrieder uses "effects" (meaning, to cause) when he means "affects" (meaning, influences). Now I won't be able to sleep tonight.

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

They should extend the sidewalk but then there will be only 1 lane for traffic and leave the tables, thats the euro look

Nestor Torra
Nestor Torra

Do what they do in New Orleans open the streets during the day and close the streets at night, but do not allow restaurants expand any farther then the sidewalk.

Roxana Medina
Roxana Medina

Ash Harris and Alissa Smith hahaha look who showed up on my feed!!!!! Do you remember!!!!!!

Terry St Angelo
Terry St Angelo

At 4pm today I was walking on Ocean Dr west side and could hardly get through the crowd

Gary David
Gary David

I don't mind the tables that much. What I do mind are the damn hostesses who bombard you with wanting to give you a menu or see specials. I swear they must get like $5 for everyone they seat or else they wouldn't be so aggressive.

Michelle Raduenz
Michelle Raduenz

Make it like Hollywood Beach and do away with the cars have a Broadwalk Hollywood Beach is way nicer

Jeffrey Cristerna
Jeffrey Cristerna

Elizabeth Nunez without those tourist Miami is pretty much nothing. May be annoying but I doubt u will want to live there without them. Tourist basically built Miami

Todd Rondone
Todd Rondone

the arbitrary pricing designed to gouge tourists continues though. its so miami.

Danny Amores
Danny Amores

Increase the walking space on the beach side and then start putting in shops and restaurants to draw walkers from the other side of Ocean Drive.

Jhon A Cornejo
Jhon A Cornejo

WAIT!!!! "...knocking down 2 feet of Lummus Park"? HECK NO!!! Why should Lummus Park suffer? Im a Miami Beach resident and registered voter of Miami Beach for nearly 50 years and open to improvement around South Beach but tearing up Lummus Park...that's a big "NO"!!! Leave the park alone! Ive seen what the City of Miami Beach has done to Lummus Park and the beaches of Miami Beach...some good and some bad. Miami Beach use to have tiki huts up and down the beach. Where are they now? GONE! Also, they want to "narrow" the streets? Its worst as it is on the weekends with Ocean Drive traffic. Making it narrower will make it worst.

Kammie Whitaker
Kammie Whitaker

I think they should leave it the way it is. People love the chaos.

Robin Steel
Robin Steel

That guy in the bikini is sobe famous he's always dressed in drag on the beach. Who the hell doesn't know who he is lol

Estela Slomp Romand
Estela Slomp Romand

Regulating where to place the tables would help, but there's people who just like the chaos...

Alejandro Jose
Alejandro Jose

Seriously.... Thats the best picture they could find for that article....bra-freaking-vo....

J Panzer Rivero
J Panzer Rivero

What we need to eliminate on Ocean Drive is the German weekend memorial Day..!!!!

Igor Nico Massimo Beghetto
Igor Nico Massimo Beghetto

Please swipe all those tables on the sidewalk away. Ocean drive sucks lately (10 years). Stay classy Miami. We don't need that shit anymore...

Mark Collins
Mark Collins

I've never been to Miami - can some explain whats going on in that pic?

Elizabeth Nunez
Elizabeth Nunez

Who the hell goes to Ocean Drive anyways? Filled with annoying tourists

Larry Shane
Larry Shane

Nor are locals going to buy those ridiculous margaritas with 2 upturned coronas !!

Tony Prieto
Tony Prieto

Good! I'm sick of being harassed by hosts that think I'm a tourist. I'm not eating at your mediocre, overpriced restaurant!

gabrielMiami
gabrielMiami

All walks of life here in Miami Beach.....pretty much everything is acceptable as long as it does not cause harm to others.

gregory.7222
gregory.7222

Well folks who are not losers like yourself.

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