Miami Beach voters to decide whether to restrict outdoor alcohol sales on Ocean Drive

Miami Beach commissioners voted Wednesday to send a ballot question to voters in November that would allow them to choose whether to ban outdoor alcohol sales on Ocean Drive after 2 a.m.

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and other city leaders said that they want to trim alcohol sales on Ocean Drive in hopes of bringing down the escalated crime in the area.

The proposal to cut alcohol sales at 2 a.m. along Ocean Drive came after a violent Memorial Day weekend in South Beach, where one man died and another man was injured in a shooting that stemmed from a dispute about a parking space.

Police said a person was stabbed days later with a bottle during a brawl near Sixth Street.

Levine said that he believed ending alcohol sales at 2 a.m. could have prevented the Memorial Day weekend violence in South Beach.

However, some business owners and bar managers said a 2 a.m. cutoff for alcohol sales would hurt Miami Beach businesses.

Ocean Drive businesses are currently allowed to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. 

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