Well, Memorial Day Weekend is a few days away and Miami Beach cops are ready to make sure that the beach can be made into a police-state if they need to. The last previous years have seen a decline in attendees of what has been labeled “Urban Beach Weekend”, with less and less people coming every year and finding alternate places to vacation and party. Even the nightclubs have reduced their importance on the weekend, as in the past, their event lineups were announced a month or two ahead of time with big budget hosts on the bills. This year? Not so much. Its three to four days before, the events are supposed to start to roll out, and its like pulling teeth to find these events for our yearly Event Guide.
CBS4 recently put out a story detailing that cops are prepared to get busy if need be.
“We’re very prepared,” Lt. Julio Yero told CBS 4′s Lauren Pastrana.
“There’s a unified effort with a lot of agencies. We have a lot of personnel involved,” he explained. “We feel very prepared for any situation.”
Memorial Day weekend 2012 was a stark contrast to 2011, when gunshots sent revelers scattering for safety.
Ocean Drive will be reserved for pedestrians, and a traffic loop will be in effect along Washington Avenue and Collins Avenue on South Beach between 7pm and 7am.
While most business owners appreciate the influx of visitors, some say the traffic changes work against them.
Last year, police made more than 300 arrests.
They hope their proactive approach will mean even fewer people in cuffs this time around.
On Friday the 24th, cops will once again set up a DUI checkpoint on the causeways entering the beach.
Through the weekend, they’ll use license plate readers to quickly root out stolen cars or owners with outstanding felony warrants.
So long story short, if you’re a local, unless you want to deal with all the bullshit that comes with license plate scanners, checkpoints and potential racial profiling – stay the hell home or go somewhere on the West Coast of Florida to enjoy yourself.
Source: CBS Miami