Ocean Drive Could Be Permanently Closed To Cars

Beach commissioners are toying with the idea of permanently closing Ocean Drive to traffic and converting it into a pedestrian-only street.

At a commission meeting yesterday, Mango’s Tropical Cafe owner David Wallack expressed opposition to the idea. Wallack said that many of the cafes on the street would immediately go bankrupt and be replaced by national chains, including fast-food restaurants.

City officials are working on hiring a firm to prepare a master plan for the street.