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Miami Beach Approves Plan to Improve Ocean Drive

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    Miami Beach Approves Plan to Improve Ocean Drive

    NBC 6's Claudia DoCampo talked to residents and tourists about the changes coming to Ocean Drive. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016)

    One of the world's hottest destination is about to get even hotter.

    On Tuesday, Miami Beach City Commissioners approved a 10-point proposal to improve Ocean Drive.

    "It's time to clean up the Ocean Drive experience for the consumers and to get the residents back to Ocean Drive and really deliver a better experience for everybody," said Mike Palma, Ocean Drive Business Owners Association.

    The ten points of improvement includes lighting and reducing noise pollution.

    "It was dark actually yeah, the restaurants themselves were quite well lit but outside of that area it was quite dark," said Thelma Jones, who's visiting from Australian.

    The plan will also make it easier to navigate the strip for drivers and pedestrians.

    You'll also see more police officers, better customer service and less chain restaurants.

    City commissioners also considered passing a 2 a.m. curfew on serving alcohol, but that didn't pass.

    Right now, you can drink until 5 in the morning.

    "I don't believe it was an end all be all. It was a way to push people to see what could be taken away if we didn't clean things up," explained Palma.

    Commissioner Ricky Arriola crafted the new plan to improve these 10-blocks on Ocean Drive.

    The changes could start almost immediately.

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