Prohibiting new bars and nightclubs from obtaining 5 a.m. liquor licenses among proposals
Miami Beach elected officials failed to reach a consensus on the perfect cocktail for banning booze sales after 2 a.m. across the city, leaving bar, restaurant, and nightclub owners on the waiting list for the new prohibition.
The city commission approved four competing proposals on first reading on Wednesday and will have a final vote in April to decide which one fulfills the will of Miami Beach residents. In the November city election, nearly 57 percent of voters said yes to a non-binding question asking them to move up the last call for citywide alcohol sales by three hours from 5 a.m.
In a proposal sponsored by Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber, the city would create a process that allows bars, restaurants, and nightclubs in specific geographic areas of the city to apply for extended hours beyond the 2 a.m. cut-off. Among them: neighborhoods with oceanfront hotels with more than 200 rooms, as well as properties on the east side of Collins Avenue from 15th Street to 46th Street, buildings on Washington Avenue between 5th Street and Lincoln Road, and properties in the Collins Park neighborhood.
By Francisco Alvarado www.therealdeal.com
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