Miami Beach Considers Ban on Late Night Outdoor Alcohol Sales - NBC 6 South Florida

Miami Beach Considers Ban on Late Night Outdoor Alcohol Sales



    South Beach Alcohol Ban

    Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine and commissioners are eyeing a possible ban on alcohol past 2 a.m. on South Beach. (Published Thursday, April 16, 2015)

    The wild nights of reveling and drinking until 5 a.m as you stroll along the famous outdoor cafes of South Beach could soon be a thing of the past.

    Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and commissioners, asked the city attorney Wednesday to draft an ordinance that would ban alcohol after 2 a.m. at least at outdoor cafes, bars and decks.

    The move, according to Levine, is to put an end to what he calls a "cancer spreading through the city" of wild drunken partygoers wreaking havoc throughout the morning hours.

    At Wednesday's meeting, NBC 6 South Florida asked Mayor Levine is reducing alcohol sales would damage the city's hot spot party image.

    "I certainly hope not," Levine replied. "We want to have a great party atmosphere, but a controlled party atmosphere. A safe party atmosphere."

    The proposal had broad support on the commission.

    Bar owners will get a chance to have their say once the final ordinance is drafted and presented at a future meeting.

    Miami Beach remains one of the most popular destinations in the U.S.

    According to recent data from Travel + Leisure magazine, Miami Beach is the second most crowded beach in America, second only to California's Venice Beach, with more than 13 million estimated visitors every year.

    Get the latest from NBC 6 anywhere, anytime