Following an overnight curfew that ended on Monday, the City of Miami Beach is continuing to crack down on spring break crowds. The curfew has now been lifted, after city commissioners voted against reissuing it Monday, but the city will ban liquor sales after 6 p.m. and limit access in several areas as it anticipates large crowds along Ocean Drive and the city’s South Beach neighborhood.
“The city remains focused on the safety of our residents, visitors, and businesses as our top priority,” said Miami Beach City Manager Alina Hudak in a news release.
As a safety measure, the city will be prohibiting the sale of any alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption, including delivery, from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m., starting on Thursday, March 23, through Monday, March 27. This will apply to all businesses within the area of Miami Beach bounded by 23 Street and Dade Boulevard on the north, Government Cut on the south, Biscayne Bay on the west and the Atlantic Ocean on the east.
Additionally, entry access to city-owned parking garages in South Beach will be closed daily from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Monday. This includes the area also bounded by 16 Street on the north, Government Cut on the south, Biscayne Bay on the west, and the Atlantic Ocean on the east. Parked vehicles will be allowed to leave the parking garages and those who are residents and employee access cardholders will be able to access parking garages at all times.
The city advises that there will be temporary road closures in place, those being:
- Residents will only be able to access the South of Fifth neighborhood via Alton Road, Washington Avenue and Collins Avenue.
- Residents will be able to access the Flamingo Park neighborhood via Alton Road. No access will be granted from Washington Avenue.
- Ocean Drive will be open to southbound traffic entering at 13 Street and exiting at 5 Street only, with no access to the 100 block between Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, through 7 a.m. on Monday, March 27.
- The 200 blocks between Collins Avenue and Washington Avenue will be closed each evening, starting Thursday, March 23, at 6 p.m. and will reopen each morning at 7 a.m., through to Monday, March 27.
- There will be no available street parking on Ocean Drive or on Collins Avenue from 5 Street to Espanola Way.
For more details, you can find the full release here.