Preparations are finishing up in South Florida for big New Year’s Eve festivities.
Crews across South Florida are hard at work in Bayfront Park where Pitbull will be hosting a big New Year’s Eve concert. Nearby, the traditional big orange will make its reveal as the clock ticks closer to midnight at the Intercontinental Hotel.
At the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, they will be hosting another major event featuring artists like Nicki Minaj and Alesso.
Big crowds are expected in South Florida Monday night and law enforcement officials say they will be in full force too.
“There’s going to be hundreds of people on the streets driving and thousands downtown at events, at parties. So we are going to have extra patrol and the chief has made it very clear that we’re going to have zero tolerance for any shooting up in the air,” said Freddie Cruz of the Miami Police Dept.
There will also be free New Year’s Eve festivities in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale. Their steel anchor is illuminated with more than 10,000 LED lights for a midnight drop 100 feet in the air. The family friendly fun begins at 4:30 p.m. There will be an early kid countdown at 7:00 p.m.
Due to these events, Ft. Lauderdale announced that several roads will be closed or restricted.
On Miami Beach, Ocean Drive is closed to vehicular traffic and will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.
There will be a fireworks celebration at midnight on Ocean Drive viewable between 5 to 15th streets.
Miami Beach is also offering a complimentary trolly service that will operate until 2 a.m. Click here to view the routes.