South Beach

Miami Beach Begins Debate Over Lower Drinking Hours at South Beach Establishments

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  • The Miami Beach City Commission began debating the issue over lowering the drinking hour cutoff from 5 AM to 2 AM.

The debate has begun regarding drinking hours on South Beach, as the Miami Beach City Commission discussed a proposal from Mayor Phillip Levine that would drastically change the area.

Levine wants the drinking hours scaled back from a cutoff time of 5 AM to 2 AM. The move has been met with oppositions from restaurants in the area like Mango’s and the Clevelander Hotel, who believe such a move would hurt their business and lead to a loss of money and jobs.

Levine says the issue is more about crime and public safety, which he believes would decrease with the change.

Wednesday marked the first public hearing on the matter, which is expected to be put up for a vote by the commission in September.

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