Final Preps Underway for Art Basel in Miami Beach

Art Basel kicks off in Miami Beach this week, attracting thousands to South Florida.

Folks in the art world are preparing with finishing touches. Art gallery owner James Barron is ready for the crowds, "It's going to be insane. We have 50,000 people in five days. That's about 10,000 people a day."

Art Basel, during Miami Art Week, attracts people from near and far. One artist said he has come to Miami during this time of year before, but this is the first time he is featuring his work.

"I love going to festivals where I am not showing anything because then I can see lots of work and I can talk to lots of people and have no stress," Lars Jans said. "But at the same time, unquestionable, Art Basel is a major meeting point for the international art world."

Between the visitors and locals, getting around can be tough. This year to help alleviate traffic and parking issues, there will be complimentary shuttle services in place Dec. 2-6.

"We have four buses that are running on a loop from Miami Beach, the Design District and Midtown," said Alice Bravo with Miami-Dade Transit.

Of course, major crowds can create security concerns. Miami Police said law enforcement will be out in full force.

"We will have numerous officers directing traffic and officers working undercover operations. Can't get into specifics but you will see a major presence," said Freddie Cruz with Miami Beach Police.

If you're joining the thousands, get ready for color, crowds and creative inspirations.

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