Miami Beach

Judge Blocks Ban on Earlier ‘Last Call' on South Beach During Spring Break

The initial decision would have been implemented for all establishments located south of 16th Street between March 7th and the 21st

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It appears, for the moment, that the party will go on past 2 a.m. for visitors in South Beach businesses during the upcoming spring break weeks.

A ban to move the last call on alcohol sales from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. was struck down by Judge Beatrice Butchko on Tuesday, the Miami Herald first reported.

Last month, Miami Beach commissioners had passed a new ordinance that would force businesses south of 16th Street, including West Avenue and Alton Road, to close at 2 a.m. from March 7-21.

An Ocean Drive hotel went to court to fight the measure. A city spokesperson said they plan to appeal Butchko's decision.

“We will not be enforcing the city’s 2 a.m. alcohol ban while we file an emergency appeal to the 3rd District Court of Appeals,” Miami Beach spokeswoman Melissa Berthier wrote in a statement to NBC 6.

Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said he was "obviously disappointed" in the ruling.

“Our city seems to be held hostage by a handful of all-night bars whose business model foments the disorder and chaos that endangers our residents, visitors and cops,” Gelber said in a statement.

In June 2021, Butchko struck down a similar liquor law that banned alcohol sales after 2 a.m. in the entertainment district.

The city enacted a curfew during last year's spring break due to rowdy crowds.

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