Ocean Drive Should Remain Closed To Cars (For Now), City Administration Says

Ocean Drive will remain fully closed to cars for the next two years under a plan being recommended by city administrators.

The street was closed to cars in May 2020, as a way to help restaurants recover from the pandemic by adding seating.

Since that time, the street has remained fully pedestrianized.

Now, a county approval for the street closure is set to expire, and commissioners must decide on the next steps for the street.

The city administration is recommending commissioners approve Option 3a, which includes adding 600 planters and adding automatic arm gates to allow for emergency vehicles only, while keeping the street open only to pedestrians, bikes, and restaurant seating.

To address complaints from hotel guests over long walking distances with luggage, freebee shuttles would be permitted.

A permanent solution would then be constructed beginning in 2023, after plans are finalized by the end of this year.

However, architect Bernard Zyscovich, who is preparing the long-term plan, is recommending that cars should be permitted to resume driving on the street as part of the permanent solution, according to Miami New Times.

Commissioners are scheduled to decide on an interim solution at a meeting on June 23.

 

 

The recommended interim solution:

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Anonymous
1 month ago

Ocean Drive looks great with no cars! Keep it that way forever. Hopefully the tourist demographics will change soon and the whole South Beach will get classy again.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The city should put a special tax on hotels to artificially increase the prices until better tourist start returning.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Raise the prices and a certain demographic will be priced out and stop coming 🤣😂🤧 They just go spend it! 😂🤣🤧

Anonymous
1 month ago

Right!.. and then the hotels, bars, and clubs can start depending on the big spenders like you again.

Anonymous
1 month ago

They’d be so lucky!

Anonymous
1 month ago

^ Well, that’s proof that you really don’t giveashit about the place, you just hate the people you see there now, don’t you?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Everyone should hate the people that are there now, they are vandals, have no respect for Miami and its businesses. I love South Beach and I hate seeing them suffer. These people don’t even spend money, they just turn the streets into their own classless territory and disturb the paying costumers of South Beach. The gotta go!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Why dont you just say the word you want to say?

Anonymous
1 month ago

^ “These people don’t even spend money, they just turn the streets into their own classless territory and disturb the paying costumers of South Beach. The gotta go!”

I see the shit you’re whining about don’t stop you from rubbing elbows with those people because you sure know a lot about what they do and don’t do.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Nailed it.

Anonymous
1 month ago

they”ll still go the beach and hang out and get high on the side walks.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Not if you enforce the law!

Anonymous
1 month ago

“they”ll still go the beach and hang out and get high on the side walks”

You mean like they do downtown at those ULTRA concerts?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Ultra is a weekend, what has been going on in Miami Beach is a daily occurrence.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I don’t givadamn if ULTRA is only for one day or one hour, they still “get high on the side walks!” And the people who live in those condos downtown don’t want to put up with it anymore…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Sadly, the City of Miami Beach and City of Miami set up this “brand” and that brand ties into Louis Vuitton, PINK sweatpants, Lambo’s, and loads of bling tied to the hip hop movies and movie scene. This is our new “brand” called Miami and South Beach (aka Miami Beach). Welcome to the 2020’s. We asked for it and we created it.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s a all about making money, anything else don’t mean a “hill of beans.”

– Reality

Anonymous
1 month ago

Were you born in the 2000s? It’s been like that for years.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The city of Miami Beach had nothing to do with the branding. If you should blame anyone, it’s the nightclub owners and music industry executives that promote Miami as a real life music video experience.

Anonymous
1 month ago

South Beach was never classy

Anonymous
1 month ago

What.. you saying GAYS weren’t classy?

Anonymous
1 month ago

The least of…No Shade🌴 but they whole persona is based off the same demographic y’all not satisfied with now 🤧

Anonymous
1 month ago

What.. after putting Miami Beach on the map with movies like “The Bird Cage” you’re going to talk us like that?!!!

Well, return back to your Drug Wars and Cocaine Cowboys days and see if we care… miss me (hand flip).

Anonymous
1 month ago

Classy again? Not with Spirit Airlines coming to MIA in a big way, and bringing the BIG mammas with their BIG asses.

Anonymous
1 month ago

South Beach has always been a party town but yes it was classy in comparison to the mess it is right now. Make SoBe gay again!!

Azarius
1 month ago

What happened to alll this inclusive talk. Remember Everyone should be able to enjoy Miami in their own way 🤣😂

Anonymous
1 month ago

Not if “their way” means disobeying the law, throwing garbage everywhere and turning the streets into a scene from some prison show.

Anonymous
1 month ago

^ Yeah.. bring back the cocaine wars and the white women snorting coke in the restrooms at the clubs!

Anonymous
1 month ago

^ why does it have to be either extreme? How about decent human behavior that respects the laws and rights of those that live and work in Miami Beach?

Anonymous
1 month ago

They one had an ordinance on Miami Beach that told blacks that they had to be off that island by a certain time everyday.

Oh well, so much for “decent human behavior that respects the laws and rights of those that live and work in Miami Beach.”

Anonymous
1 month ago

Key word “HAD” this is no longer the 1950s. Show me a CURRENT law that stipulates the same?

Anonymous
1 month ago

^ Bruh, I’m talking about history, you know, shit you got taught in school that actually happened? I know it’s hard to face those facts but Miami Beach is not some Shangri-la place on the map that’s without blemish like you think it is.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I work in a restaurant on Ovean Drive and these animals stand right in front of them blasting loud music and disrupting our business. If, some decide to actually come dine in, you have to monitor them every second as they always try to leave without paying, last week it happened more than 5 times.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Boo hooo poor you 🤷

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes poor me! I’ve been without work for a long time and now that I’m back at work, I have to do it for free because these ANIMALS are thieves and have no idea of how to live in society?!? Yes POOR ME!

Anonymous
1 month ago

You work for free?.. damn you’re a fool…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Clearly you can’t read. If costumers come in and don’t pay, yes we all work for free because we don’t have a money printing machine in the kitchen.

Anonymous
1 month ago

^ You’re still working in a restaurant kitchen?.. No wonder you’re grumpy.

Anonymous
1 month ago

At least they have a job, which is much more than can be said for the throngs of visitors who trash up the city.

Anonymous
1 month ago

^ And the hotels, restaurants, clubs, and bars are happy when they see those throngs of visitors. Don’t believe me?.. ask them.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Not the visitors that make operating a business impossible. If you constantly have brawls erupting and people dining and dashing, pretty soon all these establishments will start to leave. Look at Walgreens in San Francisco.

Anonymous
1 month ago

How exactly does being a thief or blasting music make you “animals” aka sub-human? Those are distinctly human behaviors. I know exactly why you used that word (sounds like putting “ray” and “cyst” together), but just wanted to point that out.

Anonymous
1 month ago

request credit card when ordering. done.
If fast food can ask for payment in advance, no one can complain.
Want something extra afterwards, we can adjust your total.
Hotels ask for payment in advance.

But get the “bars’ to stop blasting their music as well. I don’t need to hear their music 5 shops away.

Anonymous
1 month ago

^ He works in the kitchen, so….

NYC Loves Miami
1 month ago

Maybe the restaurants in that area should do some sorta text message check-in or something. That way there is something traceable and with surveillance cameras, perhaps they can be caught and charged for theft. Or a security deposit for dining. Crazy times!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Hopefully they’ll be charged for two seats and not come.

Anonymous
1 month ago

If they don’t come, they’ll just go to Vegas and try to have a good time while constantly looking out for a maniac with an assault rifle who has mass murder on his mind.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Great, car’free is the way it should be!

Anonymous
1 month ago

With international wealthy tourists coming to South Beach soon, hopefully prices will go up for planes and hotels so that we can weave out some of the current “ghettomess”.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Nice puns there😂

Anonymous
1 month ago

Lol the prices already up and nothing has changed, even if it goes higher people who want to visit Miami Beach will come NO MATTER THE PRICE ‼️…plus stimulus money spent🤣😂🤣🤧

Anonymous
1 month ago

Raise prices and enforce the law on drugs, music etc. I mean the law is there already, it’s not like we need to create it. Make it difficult for them to turn it into a ghetto and they will ghettizide some other place instead.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah.. it reminds me of the free money they hand out to illegal immigrants once they get to this country.

Anonymous
1 month ago

unless you are wearing a feather in your headband ,you are an immigrant.
Nobody invited us here. We came on mayflower etc. Mayflower were illegal immigrants and everyone born from them are products of the same illegal immigrant pile.

Anonymous
1 month ago

If you’re wearing a feather in your headband, you came from Mongolia and spent hundreds of years moving from place to place killing each other before “illegal immigrants” came and established a civilization beyond mudhuts and stone circles.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yep.. just go on back to “God’s waiting room.”

lol…

Anonymous
1 month ago

what makes people think that only the trashy people that are in the area are from planes coming from somewhere else. I’ve seen Oakland Park, Ft Lauderdale, Miami, Winwood area etc. you have plenty of trashy people that don’t care about their neighborhood and trash it without needing to import people for that. Blame it on your own people not tourist.

NYC Loves Miami
1 month ago

“Weave out” wow lol

Anonymous
1 month ago

Ghetto drive should remain car free and animals free.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah.. make it classy and clean looking like 36th st and 12th ave all the way to the airport.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Biscayne Blvd in downtown next 😉

Anonymous
1 month ago

YES PLEASE!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

I wouldn’t say no cars but it’s a highway right now, it should just be one lane for cars, one for buses and one for bikes/pedestrian

Anonymous
1 month ago

Green Biscayne basically. What happened to that plan?

Anonymous
1 month ago

I was just thinking that the other day. Covid would’ve been a great time to get that done and have a fresh beginning after. Similar to how Miami Beach used that time to do the “slow streets” and Ocean/Washington makeovers.

Anonymous
1 month ago

They should at least do like at the Champs-Élysées in Paris where one Sunday a month it becomes car free. Biscayne Boulevard should do to start, at least!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Not the same. I’ve been to Paris twice and the “Champs-Élysées” is just one their tourist attractions, where as Miami Beach stretch for miles and miles.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The comparison was with Biscayne Blvd not South Beach🤦🏻‍♀️

Anonymous
1 month ago

^ Biscayne Blvd stretches for miles and miles also…

Anonymous
1 month ago

No reason to have cars on Ocean Drive.. keep it for pedestrians, from 5th the the Loews hotel.

No Brainer.

Anonymous
1 month ago

If you want it nice,
Stop the cars, and limit the distance a business can produce their music.
several shops in a row all with speakers pointing to the street and each different.
I want to shop and eat, not dance to bar music.
Sometimes it is just nice to enjoy the area for the beauty it is…

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yeah, and the whole place will make money if these establishments just did that.

You’re so smart…

Anonymous
1 month ago

More pedestrians streets all over miami. European tourists will admire it because all the European cities are pedestrian friendly. People over cars.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Maybe they’ll add wrestling rinks, too.

Nicholas Reale
21 days ago

I recently stayed at the Versace mansion for my birthday and it was ridiculous just getting to the hotel. You had to park on a side street and go through a crowd of people just roaming around aimlessly on the street at night. I live in Miami and I remember how beautiful Ocean Drive looked with the cars going up-and-down the block that was the whole look of ocean drive with the 50s cars in front of the hotels. Now it looks like just random people walking around at night as one big street party. And it’s unsafe for people to even get to their hotels or to a restaurant. Friends of mine don’t even want to stay on ocean drive because they can’t drive to the front of the hotel to drop off their luggage like other hotels. So South Beach is just going to lose tourist and restaurant business to other areas that people can drive up to and not fight crowds.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This is for TNM. Look, you can’t run from historical facts. If the deliverers of pain can’t take it when the recipients of it mentions what actually happened in the past, well, too bad. Don’t remove a spider’s legs and then moan because it can’t walk anymore because you did it!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Oh please, spot the pity party. Are you requesting censorship just because you dislike the exercise of our first amendment right? You can’t block the sun with one finger nor can you silence everyone you disagree with.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You’re probably one these people that get so afraid and defensive every time you hear the phase or term “Critical Race Theory.” You just wanna do like Tiny Tim said and keep “tip toeing through the tulips” while acting like a child who covers their ears and say “la la laaaa” to anything someone says and ignore other shit people went through in this country. But this is real world my friend and sticking your head in a hole in the ground doesn’t mean atrocities in this country actually didn’t happen. When it comes to history my friend, face it.

Azarius
1 month ago

They need to open at least one lane going north. Miami Beach without a beach front drive? When there’s a culture built around fast cars on Miami Beach smh.That’s what the ppl want.

Anonymous
1 month ago

That’s what YOU want

Anonymous
1 month ago

Exactly the point- narrative on South Beach needs to change. That culture around “fast cars” does not go with a tightly packed area with narrow streets with many pedestrians and bicyclists. Another thing city needs to do is ban single day motor bike rentals – no upside. Just a bunch of tourists routinely breaking traffic laws.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Every where can’t / shouldn’t be like Europe

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s either like Europe or like Atlanta apparently. I prefer Europe for Miami.

Anonymous
1 month ago

let the sling shots line up and blast loud music all night and day…just a great idea!

Anonymous
1 month ago

How fast can you take your fast car on Ocean Drive anyway, like 2 mph most of the time? How about drive to the Keys or let it rip out in the Everglades. If you just want people to look at your fast car, park it on Collins and sit on the hood.