Pedestrians ‘Organically’ Take Back Ocean Drive After Commissioners Reopen It To Car Traffic

Ocean Drive was “organically” closed to car traffic over the weekend – forced by throngs of pedestrians crowded into the area, according to Better Streets Miami Beach.

The street had been closed to cars in 2020 during the pandemic, and many area residents wanted the change to be permanent.

However, hotels along Ocean Drive filed lawsuits demanding the resumption of vehicle traffic, the Herald reported.

In January 2022, the city reopened a single southbound lane to car traffic, a reduction from the northbound and southbound lanes that existed before the pandemic.

Bike lanes in both directions have also been sectioned off on the street, marked by green paint.

The city is now installing “armadillos” to physically separate the bike lanes from traffic. Videos posted by activists show cars have been regularly intruding into those lanes before the separators were installed.

 

A rendering of what Ocean Drive could look like if permanently closed to cars:

(Architect Chris Ritter for the owner of Mango’s Tropical Cafe)

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Anonymous
1 month ago

It should be car free and ghëtto free. Make it happen!

Original
1 month ago

Hmmm… I wonder if you’d call the Spring Break crowd of the 1960’s in Fort Lauderdale whom Anita Bryant fought against, “GHETTO?”

...
1 month ago

Wow…
That you find that idea wonderous, is wonderful!!

Market Urbanist
1 month ago

Nope. All indications were that it was lovely.

Anonymous
1 month ago

It is not in dispute here whether or not the cars should stay on Ocean Drive, as that has already been decided by the Court.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Correct. The Judge ruled in favor of the City back in 2021. The street was allowed to stay car-free.

Anonymous
1 month ago

If you don’t like what South Beach looks like today, wait a few years and it will change. It went from heaven’s gate to art district, to gay mecca, to the modeling capital of the world, to hot celebrities hang out, to the present ghetto.

Drac
1 month ago

You forgot “a hangout for drug king pins and smugglers.” Oh, and I almost forgot, the “coke snorters.”

Anonymous
1 month ago

He also forgot playground for the rich before World War II.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I think it should be ghetto free before car free

Anonymous
1 month ago

Wow, just wow….we are BLESSED to be culturally enriched.

Anonymous
1 month ago

black people free ?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Well, some of these young idjuts are carrying guns aren’t they?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Hate to admit it but the ghetto comment is spot on. WTF is that. Where do they come from.

Jason Allman
1 month ago

Lowlifes are lowlifes. White trash methheads are “ghetto” too

Anonymous
1 month ago

Unfortunately, Ocean Dr and other parts of SoBe have drastically changed in the last year. Everyone knows the reason. I don’t need to mention and get Xld.

Melo is sigma and Chad
1 month ago

Mention

Facts
1 month ago

He wanted to say that the reason Ocean Drive has changed. He was too afraid to say it unfortunately. He obviously “misremembers” that crime has always been on ocean drive. From the cocaine cowboys in the 80s to the horrific murder of Gianni Versace at the front door of his home in the 1990s.

Melo is sigma and Chad
1 month ago

Never was at this level on ocean drive and people running out on bills.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Not only that, I wasn’t talking 42 years ago.
That crime wave of cocaine years had ended a long time ago.
It’s amazing how some people are in denial of some truths.
I still won’t mention it as I repeat, everyone knows the reason.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes
You who gives the thumb 👎 is the culprit.
You should move to Baltimore or Detroit

Anonymous
1 month ago

If you want to move to an urban shithole, you don’t need to go so far as Baltimore. Hialeah is much closer.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Hialeah is a working class neighborhood. Its safe to say your an old & racist.

Anonymous
1 month ago

And it’s safe to say you’re (emphasis on the correct spelling of you’re) an idïot.

anon
1 month ago

Atlanta ?

...
1 month ago

https://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-florida/

Not fun….but facts nonetheless: Violent crime in Florida: Fear vs. reality

Bucking the nationwide rise in violent crime, Florida’s violent crime rate held steady for the third year. Despite stable violent crime rates, Floridians continue to report increasing levels of concern.

After 2 years hovering just above the national violent crime rate, this year Florida came in under the national rate with 3.8 incidents per 1,000, compared to 4.0 across the US.
Aggravated assault was the most common violent crime recorded in Florida with over 1,500 cases in the safest cities and over 60,000 statewide.

Proportionately, Florida reported fewer rapes and robberies than the US averages. In Florida, rape accounts for 9% of all violent crimes (US 10%) and robberies make up 16% (US 19%).

40% of Florida residents use some form of personal protection, with pepper spray named by 23% of respondents—making it the most popular form of personal protection in The Sunshine State.

61% of Floridians say their personal safety has been affected by the pandemic (US 44%).

Anonymous
1 month ago

Wait til those $19 ATL-MIA Spirit fares hit 😁😁😁

Anonymous
1 month ago

Will they try to make me put on a mask?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Gh3tto people are the problem. Let’s face it! We all know it. We all see it! But apparently, we are all supposed to close an eye or two…

anon
1 month ago

Not PC to tell the truth

Drac
1 month ago

You’re right. Remember the TV series called “The Magic City” which was filmed on Miami Beach? That series touched on “drugs, strippers, gangsters, and racial tension” that went on in the late 1950’s and early 60’s in Miami Beach and mainland Miami.

Facts
1 month ago

Yes I do remember. Crime exploded in the Miami area in the early 1980s. Cocaine cowboys held shootouts in the streets; a crack epidemic fueled muggings and purse-snatchings. But nobody on the site can process that this actually happened. There are now people here for three weeks in March and everyone clutches their pearls in horror.

nonmous
1 month ago

^ Heck, even the FBI wasn’t safe back then.

Drac
1 month ago

^ And, there was no internet back then.

Market Urbanist
1 month ago

Strawman argument. What do events that occurred 50 years ago have to do with the problems the Beach faces today?

Original
1 month ago

^
No one is trying to present an argument or make some kind of comparison. Some commenters are only pointing to the fact that Miami Beach has in past and will always go through these kinds of tumultuous activities so we shouldn’t be alarmed when it happens.

...
1 month ago

I was living in South Beach in 1997 and met Gianni Versace. His murder was one of about 1 homicide on Ocean Drive that year.
In addition to his celebrity, what made the murder so appalling was that the crime in 1997 was very low, and far removed from the crime of the Mariel or the drug wars.

Racism is real
1 month ago

So somehow the murder doesn’t count because you met him and he was a celebrity?

Market Urbanist
1 month ago

You must have missed the part after “In addition to his celebrity…”. Poor reading comprehension skills.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I had the impression he was saying Versace’s murder was an inside job. Same with a lot of gang wars (i.e., criminals shooting criminals).

...
1 month ago

Wow….(not so) Expert analysis.

No genius…the point that was stated clearly, was that there were very few homicides that year, and the one that grabbed the headlines (and the attention to the previous poster to whom I was responding) happened to be a celebrity.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yup we all know what people are causing this but we can’t say it because we would be labeled instantaneously. We live in pretend world where we present these people need protection when it’s really the world that needs protection from them

Anonymous
1 month ago

No, Don’t know the reason.. Fun Fact – 80% of all arrest made at the Beach this weekend are Locals. Check yourself before you wreck yourself.

Anoymous
1 month ago

Fun Fact is right. Ocean Drive started becoming a ghetto once the Fashion & Gay crowd left in late 90’s and early 2000’s. Greed of hotels and bars took over and made it a ghetto.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Um, what are you talking about? SoBe was at its peak in the mid to late-2000s because the real estate bubble, not seen since the 1920s and 1940s. The economy crashing and the neighborhood losing its dominance as others began to gentrify and officials with theirs heads in the sand are more likely why decline started.

...
1 month ago

I call BS.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Locals NOT from Miami Beach.

Take back Miami
1 month ago

Miami Beach Police department publicly states otherwise. Don’t spread lies

Anon
1 month ago

Locals, but not Miami Beach locals. South Florida locals….but who and what are those local criminals catering to?

Anonymous
1 month ago

The last year? Citation needed. Sounds like you haven’t been to Ocean Drive in many many years.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Ooh.. I hope your anonymous account doesn’t get cancelled

Market Urbanist
1 month ago

We all know.

T G
1 month ago

Good. Close the strip to cars for GOOD. It works well as a pedestrian/bike area. The only reason cars ever need to exist here is for posers to show off their rented lambos.

Drac
1 month ago

Then what should be the new name for Ocean Drive?

Rem
1 month ago

Ocean Walk

Not Anonymous
1 month ago

Ocean Trail

Anonymous
1 month ago

Lincoln Road is still Lincoln Road. Espanola way is still Espanola way. Giralda is still Giralda.

...
1 month ago

TG…if you THINK really really really deeply for a day or two, you might come up with another reason why a street full of Hotels may want to have cars existing.

Close Ocean Drive
1 month ago

The people have spoken

Anon
1 month ago

People wanted walkable cities. People over cars.

Melo is sigma and Chad
1 month ago

Oh the many proposals that never happen, or maybe after this spring break it might be proposed again.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The way it should be!

ignoranymous
1 month ago

I bet you hate parking garages also?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Are there people who *like* parking garages?

ignoranymous
1 month ago

^ Are you one of those people who don’t own a car?

Not Anonymous
1 month ago

Joe Carollo (even though he may not be a person)

...
1 month ago

I do.
But it is horrible that the electric charging stations are usually on the ground floor.

IF we really cared about the planet, THEN those morally superior electric car owners would get their charges on the roof of the parking structure.

Driving my Escalade all the way to the top of a parking structure trying to find a space makes for a much larger carbon footprint and will destroy planet earth in a year or two.

whoosh
1 month ago

Translation: the crowd overwhelmed the police who were trying to control it, and so the police had to close Ocean Drive to cars for a short time, reopening it minutes later. BS Miami Beach cheering on the mob instead of the people trying to bring order to Spring Break crowds, just because CaRS BaD!11! Ends-justify-the-means thinking.

Anonymous
1 month ago

So, after the police say having the cars helps to disperse the crowds, this guy chooses NOW to do this? Do you think he knows he’s helping the chaos? He’s NOT helping do anything but promote MORE when the city is working to calm it down. Wrong time and his credibility just tanked. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot! Who does that? It’s a new religion!

Anonymous
1 month ago

If the widths of the two sidewalks and the street are added together, there is 60 feet, there is enough space to reprogram the space and accommodate a wide sidewalk, a car lane for local traffic and a good bike lane.

Melo is sigma and Chad
1 month ago

A lane for emergency vehicles and delivery trucks only.

Anonymous
1 month ago

And another lane for undesirables.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes, all the ghetto crowd that nobody wants but are all protected now

Not Anonymous
1 month ago

Well, but THAT crowd isn’t here, so people have to look for the next best thing.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The world also saw the hypocrisy when it came to 500-plus “peaceful protests” across cities the summer before, including many dead and injured, and billions in property damage.

Original
1 month ago

The world also saw the pleas by a certain race of people in these cities to reel in these rogue cops who’re now acting like they’re some kind of military force that can do what they want and run roughshod over people like the Russian military.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes talk about real “privilege”

Market Urbanist
1 month ago

Not at all. Just don’t come down to SB.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This site is full of cranky old people XD

Anonymous
1 month ago

They must not realize where they live.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Now the can survey several square yards for the Boring Company to add an entrance to their future underground network.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Whos getting a kickback from the installation of these “armadillos”? They are a horrible idea for Both Cars and Cyclist!!…They have generated more accidents than anything. IIt Seems The City just wants to get sued due to accidents caused by these tripping Hazards!!

nonmous
1 month ago

And don’t forget, bicyclist don’t stay on the other side of them like they should, people on bicycles dart out in front of cars to get around slower bicyclist.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes. People on bicycles think that they own the road and traffic rules do not apply to them.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Right, Let me not forget that the people texting and driving do not like to mover Over & slow down for cyclist. It startles them and interrupts their Influencing.

Anonymous
1 month ago

People on bicycles act like red traffic lights are only stop signs.

Jason Allman
1 month ago

Not me. And I ride all the time.

MEAN MACHINE
1 month ago

“mover Over & slow down for cyclist”

Oh so now must drivers have to put with the increasing amount of vehicles on the road slowing them down to sometimes a crawl, they also have to “move over & slow down” and watch out for you cyclist because you actually own the streets?

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s the law and also part of the Written Driver License Exam.
Sharing the Road like the law allows its a simple concept.
No one is stealing your Road, they are Sharing.

Here is what the law says:

“Drivers must give bicyclists a minimum of three feet of clearance when driving alongside or passing them. It’s the law.”

Now You Know. You are welcomed.

MEAN MACHINE
1 month ago

“Drivers must give bicyclists a minimum of three feet of clearance when driving alongside or passing them. It’s the law”

Notice how he/she conveniently didn’t post anything that the bicyclist must do.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I prefer They & Yes, you are right, I Only posted what related to this comment Below:

“Oh so now must drivers have to put with the increasing amount of vehicles on the road slowing them down to sometimes a crawl, they also have to “move over & slow down” and watch out for you cyclist because you actually own the streets”

I’m not here you educate you on what you should have known and understood prior to acquiring a Driving License. Drive Safe and keep an eye out for those dangerous cyclist stealing your roads. I’ll do the same on my end.

Got to go now, I have a Scooter to go ride, also in traffic.

MEAN MACHINE
1 month ago

Haha.. “educate” me. I was driving before you were born. You want drivers to look out for your dysfunctional ass when you ride your bike or scooter because passing the test to get your driver’s license is just too complicated for you so you, driving a car, is futile.

Now go get your bike or scooter and don’t forget your helmet.