Urban Beach Week Kicks Off in Miami Beach

Thirteen years after it began, Urban Beach Week is back again in full force this weekend

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    Thirteen years after it began, Urban Beach Week is back again in full force this weekend. Business owner Adrian Gonzalez and Program coordinator Ed Harris comment. (Published Friday, May 24, 2013)

    Thirteen years after it began, Urban Beach Week is back again in full force this weekend.

    Tens of thousands of revelers will flock to Miami Beach beginning Friday for the annual giant block party.

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    Just days before the "Urban Beach Weekend" festivities begin, the City of Miami Beach was hit with a civil lawsuit for an incident that happened during the same event two years ago, when 22-year-old Raymond Herisse was killed and four others were injured after police opened fire on his car in the area of Collins Avenue and 15th Street. Herisse family attorney Marwan Porter spoke about the lawsuit that’s been filed against officers and the cities of Miami Beach and Hialeah, and Herisse’s sister Charlene Herisse spoke about the case. NBC 6 reached out to the Miami Beach and Hialeah police departments but was told they cannot comment on open investigations. (Published Tuesday, May 21, 2013)

    Some businesses aren't interested in the massive influx of partiers. Others accommodate the crowds, like Adrian Gonzalez, owner of David's Cafe on Collins Avenue in the heart of the entertainment district.

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    [MI] Miami Beach Police Ready For Increased Visitors During Urban Beach Weekend
    Urban Beach Weekend begins on Thursday and Miami Beach Police are ready for the influx of visitors to South Beach. Miami Beach Police spokesman Bobby Hernandez spoke about the resources police will have at their disposal. (Published Wednesday, May 22, 2013)

    "It's a good weekend for us, we have to adjust with a different crowd that comes into Miami Beach, our local crowd is like ants, they scatter out of Miami," said Gonzalez.

    Urban beach week's reputation of rough crowds and run-ins with police has waned since the inaugural event back in 2000. A deadly police shooting in 2011 not only stained the weekend but also garnered unwanted attention when the video went viral on the Internet.

    Wading through the crowd over the weekend will be hundreds of goodwill ambassadors, employees from Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County, volunteering their time.

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    Program coordinator Ed Harris said the ambassadors have all the answers.

    "If your car got towed, we can give you that information, lost and found, somebody got hurt, if somebody got arrested, so we tell him where to go and so forth, so we are giving information," Harris said.

    For the second year in a row the theme for the weekend is respect the scene, a message to partiers to have fun but don't trash the city.

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    "We have a saying," said Harris. "Come on vacation, don't leave on probation, respect the scene, if you know what I mean."

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