Miami Beach considers early-morning outdoor ban on alcohol

Author: Associated Press
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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) – The mayor of Miami Beach is proposing a ban on alcohol sales at sidewalk cafes, patios and open air bars in the wee hours of the morning.

Mayor Philip Levine outlined a proposal for city commissioners that would prohibit alcohol sales between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. in outdoor areas. Currently the last call inside and outside is 5 a.m.

The Miami Herald reports Police Chief Dan Oates considers late-night alcohol sales a catalyst for bad behavior on South Beach.

Levine told commissioners Ocean Drive, known for its busy nightlife, has deteriorated into a dangerous, “terrible” place.

Commissioners will consider the proposal next month.

Ocean’s 10 general manager Edouard Huc says the Ocean Drive Association considers the proposal too broad. They’ll meet next week to discuss.

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