Rendering Show How Ocean Drive Would Look If It Was Rebuilt As A Pedestrianized Street

A new rendering shows what Ocean Drive would look like if it was rebuilt for pedestrians only.

The city of Miami Beach is now considering permanently closing the road to cars, and rebuilding it into a pedestrian promenade.

Earlier this year, the city closed the street to cars, but said the move was temporary due to the pandemic.

City officials are now preparing a plan to level Ocean Drive to a single elevation with more room for restaurant seating, while cars would be banned, according to Miami Today.

The rendering was prepared by architect Chris Ritter for the owner of Mango’s Tropical Cafe.

Mango’s is currently closed and the owner is trying to sell their property, after Miami Beach began planning harsh new measures to restrict nightlife even after the pandemic ends.

According to architect Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Ocean Drive is an ideal candidate to convert to pedestrian only use.

 

 

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Anonymous
7 months ago

it should be this way. Most major cities in the mediterranean have Rivas that are giant pedestrian walk ways with no cars on them. Allows people to walk and have lots of space. While Ocean drive is not on the ocean it would certainly turn the area into a much nice and walkable part of the beach. But this isnt gonna change weather or not the ratchet people who visit this area keep coming lol

Anonymous
7 months ago

Oh I get it.. in Wynwood, they’re just innocent people there to have a good time. When they go across the bridge into South Beach, they become “ratchet people who visit” that area.

All rightie then…

Anonymous
7 months ago

Wynwood IS ratchet. South Beach isn’t supposed to be. 😉

Anonymous
7 months ago

You’re confusing me.. is South Beach ratchet, or are the people who visit South Beach ratchet?

Anonymous
7 months ago

Lol. You are so right. Derelict warehouses and ramshackle bungalows with graffiti on the walls. Soho it is not. Boozed up millennials and homeless vagrants. Wynwood. Woo hoo!

Ratchet People
7 months ago

@weather or not … and you’re worried about ratchet people. Hopefully they don’t cater to boring people who sit at home judging others lifestyle.

Anonymous
7 months ago

If he actually stayed home as you imply he does, how does he know you are ratchet?

Azarius
7 months ago

News 7

Anonymous
7 months ago

Make South Beach gay again, and the models, movie stars, and artists will follow, like in the 1990s.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Mrs Doubtfire misses the place….

Anonymous
7 months ago

I miss dealing coke at those hotels and getting attacked with a chainsaw.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Wasn’t that a scene from “SCARFACE”, sirca 1983?

Anonymous
7 months ago

Gay people only move into areas in bulk numbers when it’s cheap to buy, before the heavy commercialization.. South Beach real estate is way too overpriced. Most have moved to Broward County (or Orlando/Tampa), the remaining few can’t seem to get past I-95.

Anonymous
7 months ago

I love it. Can they promise to bring in more restaurants like News Cafe and get rid of places selling $40 margaritas with corona bottles in them?

Anonymous
7 months ago

“bring in more restaurants like News Cafe”

Yeah, that’ll do it.. open up places like that on Miami Beach and watch crowds stampede to get to them.

Anonymous
7 months ago

It is nice for locals to have a neighborhood breakfast and lunch spot to break up the monotony of sushi joints, restaurants hawking overpriced terrible food, and night clubs. I lived on the beach for 5 years and 100% avoided Ocean Drive excluding the occasional trip to News Cafe.

Anonymous
7 months ago

O’wow wee, Miami Beach is not like Omaha Nebraska. Cook your own breakfast and lunch at home if you’re bothered by “sushi joints, restaurants hawking overpriced terrible food, and night clubs.” 5 years?.. I can go back to a 1970 Miami Beach and my dad to used to tell me about how black people had to be off Miami Beach at a certain time of the day.

I’ll tell ya, crybabies really make me sick.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Look at any resort destination that is considered sophisticated and doesn’t cater to a spring break crowd. Sidewalk cafes are common place.

Anonymous
7 months ago

I’ve been to Paris TWICE!.. and that city gets way more visitors than Miami and people who’ve never been there are SHOCKED when they see how dirty it is.

I’ll take a “spring break crowd” on Miami Beach any day over a place like that.

Azarius
7 months ago

Spring break crowd makes some run ‼️‼️

Azarius
7 months ago

*sobe

Anonymous
7 months ago

You have the rest of Miami Beach for that. South Beach is cool as it is, ratchet and fun.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Anybody that calls South Beach “ratchet” wish they were young and ratchet again instead of some old fuddy duddy.

Anonymous
7 months ago

What’s so hot about drunk millennials behaving badly? Two main groups visit South Beach.. drunk, foul mouthed riff-raff that the city really doesn’t want, or the super-duper hipster-wanna-be who saved for two years and finally gets to walk around Ocean Drive taking selfies.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Millennials are in their 30s buddy…

Anonymous
7 months ago

People come to South Beach to let loose, big deal. I noticed one thing you didn’t say, and that is those two main groups are “drunk, foul mouthed riff-raff and super-duper hipster-wanna-be” people are broke, trashing the place, and constantly begging you and others for money. I’ll tell you, I wish the days of the cocaine cowboys were back.. at least no one heard the whiny little snobs back then.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Sure, that is what they do today, but businesses and hotels would like to change that to an audience that doesn’t destroy things and spends money.

Anonymous
7 months ago

You mean, “businesses and hotels” on Miami Beach would like to get the Rock Concert crowd?

Anonymous
7 months ago

Awaiting for approval

Anonymous
7 months ago

… still waiting…….

Anonymous
7 months ago

Looks great! It’s been pedestrian only the last 7 months and a great success!

Anonymous
7 months ago

I guess you’re privy to all the businesses there bottom lines?

EJS
7 months ago

YES, YES and YES … pedestrianize parts of Washington Ave too to create a district. Force more people to park in garages. Or make people arrive from that rail connection from Miami, which will be arriving soon (haha…on the last comment).

Anonymous
7 months ago

Yes!!

Anonymous
7 months ago

Like lincoln road is pedestrianized and is now rampant with empty bussiness fronts and garbage everywhere. Not to mention the increased homelessness.

Yes, make it a district. Like all other districts in miami that get turned upside down and then run out of good favor.

Itll last 8 years and then people will find something new to visit and the downward spiral begins.

But hey, use taxpayer money.

Anonymous
7 months ago

How is it that Ft. Lauderdale beach looks so classy and vibrant, people are out and about, having dinner etc, but everything is orderly and very tasteful, while Ocean Drive appears old, dirty, chaotic and classless?

Anonymous
7 months ago

why is n’t fort lauderdale beach more popular than sobe?

Anonymous
7 months ago

Thank Anita Bryant for that.

SobeSmiles
7 months ago

Local here: because poor misbehaved people are more common than rich and classy in total numbers. stats CLEARLY show that. so yes , sobe is a ratchet numbers game operation, gaining $ by sacrificing class and the happiness of the people who actually live there.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Boomers really do like complaining about a whole lotta nothing. Need to stop catering to folks like you, too bitter to ever be happy

Anonymous
7 months ago

Do you think the people who’re making comments about visitors to South Beach, calling them “ratchet, vagrants, and basically hoodlums” are all just “complaining Boomers?”

Popeyes Stan
7 months ago

Yes

Anonymous
7 months ago

Uh.. okay Stan.

Popeyes Stan
7 months ago

If you think my name is Stan, then you don’t know what a stan is and are therefore a boomer.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Are you the one that go by the moniker “Popeyes Stan?” I think you’re really confused.

SobeSmiles
7 months ago

nope, im 30, lived in sobe seven years , still do and work in clubs full time.. no local steps foot anywhere on ocean drive or Washington between 5-15. everyone who is actually local knows better. its trashy, loud, prone to arrests and constant fights and no one paying good money to live in a nice tower facing the bay would want to deal.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Eight years? The fickle pretty people would move on much sooner. How long did it take Madonna, Cher or Stallone to get out of Dodge when the sun-burned, flip flopper Brits and Canadians tried to blend with the “in” crowd? What’s left are the quasi-famous internet influencers, has-has been models and B listers. We are soooooo passe’.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Pedestrian or not, Miami Beach needs to stimulate office and residential development on south beach. South Beach needs locals, not more tourist centric businesses, especially with the class of tourist most of the beach now draws. Closing this to cars isnt going to change how anyone with taste or investment capital avoids anything in this area.

Anonymous
7 months ago

South Beach has lots of locals, but you are right. More full-time residents and less empty condos for the 1% of the 1%. Nothing ideological there — just practical.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Agreed. The beach is dead with current tourist demographics. Until this is altered, you will see alternative neighbors flourish. This is unfortunate because the vibe of South Beach is entirely different from anything else in the United States. Feels like you are in Caribbean country. But vibes are only as good as the people who occupy an area at any given point.

Anonymous
7 months ago

“Class of tourist most of the beach now draws.” There’s the dog whistle.

Anonymous
7 months ago

I thought Miami Beach was the most liberal and therefore most accepting part of Miami-Dade.

Anonymous
7 months ago

I’m curious how many folks writing these r*cist comments actually live in MB.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Do you even know the meaning of racist? When did it become fashionable to call everything “racist” or “gay”. OMG that’s soooooo gay!

Anonymous
7 months ago

Let me guess, you believe only when the n word is used it’s racist?

Anonymous
7 months ago

Who said that “Liberals” were the only people that live on Miami Beach, hold all the government jobs on Miami Beach, and police Miami Beach?

Anonymous
7 months ago

You’re kidding right?

Anonymous
7 months ago

Not necessarily. The crowd on Ocean Drive is way more trashy than the rest of the city and this applies equally to both the black and white tourists. I’d say something along the lines of wanting “classier” new residents moving into Wynwood replacing older residents as much more of a dog whistle than this.

Anonymous
7 months ago

I think those are equal dog whistles.

Anonymous
7 months ago

I guess he knows classy when he see’s classy because he’s classy.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Classy as in not wearing a thong and twerking my ass while driving a golf cart that has 100+ LED lights and is blasting music.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Lol. I’ve seen them driving down Collins not long ago! The same day the topless drunk skank beat up the tourist chick from Philly.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Or classy as in being a sloppy drunk teenager who’s passed out on the grass or beach sand because she wanna act like a grownup but can’t hold her liquor and mommy and daddy is worried to death because they don’t know where their little girl is. True story.

Now guess what race she is?

Anonymous
7 months ago

Classy is subjective. A lot of folks think the trash on Pennsylvania Ave is classy…

Anonymous
7 months ago

What are they gonna do on Miami Beach, have a Gestapo style police force there that use their own discretion when considering who is trashy and who is not and beat the hell out of and arrest anybody they want?

NYC Loves Miami
7 months ago

It will be interesting to see if the Mayor and City Commissioners will succeed with re-branding Miami Beach to attract more sophisticated clientele and tourist. If the owner of Mango’s is selling, then it appears the city is not playing games. If anyone has any updates on this effort, please post.

J.M.
7 months ago

I live on the beach and look forward to seeing Mango’s go. It was a giant tourist trap. We need more classier and yes expense establishments to truly attract the kind of clientele that is worthing keeping on the beach.

Anonymous
7 months ago

We get it, you’re a proud boy.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Awaiting for approval

Anonymous
7 months ago

“I live on the beach and look forward to seeing Mango’s go. It was a giant tourist trap”

I’m shocked!!!!!.. that there are actually tourist on Miami Beach.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Yep…but just the skank ones.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Miami Beach’s economy is thriving off of “skank” customers?

Damn, I know I’m doing something wrong then.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Sobe only for the rich

Anonymous
7 months ago

… with YACHTS!

Anonymous
7 months ago

There is no hiding that people with their actual name attached on social media post how loving they are and open boarders and equality.
When the truth is EVERYONE has some bias and some aspect of humanity they either dislike or wish were better.

With that, there is no hiding that the residents of miami beach screw themselves. They would always leave town on holidays like memorial day weekend and not stay and demand law and order.
That began some 12 plus years ago.

Due to that, the unwanted population that ventured to SoBe either as tourists or Miami locals from other neighborhoods began to continue to flood SoBe due to no opposition.

This caused changes in clubs and restaurants. Further, it caused an increase in police presence, pressure and hostility.

So now, 12 or so years later foreign investors and locals want to change this after unwanted populations have ruled now for years. It will tske a lot more than a pretty road to do.

Also, even with a pretty pedestrian walk, they will never reduce police presence now and those who are really well off, like to know police will help them but definitely do not want to see them on every corner.

You cant throw money at a cow and wish it would be a horse.

Sadly, the old era is gone. I dont think those who ran businesses and govt back then will find themselves back in SoBe as so many have left. Everything from this point forward is new age and I dont believe it will ever bring back what SoBe once was.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Sobe will never be the same, part of it has to do with people prefer to go to Hialeah and doral to have fun

Anonymous
7 months ago

The Memorial Day crowd on South Beach is way down compared to what it was back in 2005. Memorial Day weekend is only like three days, so that leaves 362 days left in the year. U.S. soldiers have been in Afghanistan for about 18 yrs now kicking ass and taking names. Afghan people have put up with that shit in their country for 18 yrs now and some whiny ass people wanna cry about what they call “ratchet people” on South Beach for three days out of the year?!

Man, this country has really turned into a place full of crybabies!

J.M.
7 months ago

lol…wow…this comment is all over the place!

Anonymous
7 months ago

You are right that Memorial Day weekend is just three days, the “they” are here all the time now. They came for Memorial, sent out selfies. Their friends came for July 4th, cousins came for Labor Day…

Anonymous
7 months ago

And unlike you, they all spend money.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Enough of your “unwanted population” bs. Why don’t you spit it out? How do you explain the high number of “unwanteds” on Ft. Lauderdale beach, with no problems?

Anonymous
7 months ago

Mango’s needs to be leveled. That building has zero character and will not be missed

SobeSmiles
7 months ago

agreed!

Anonymous
7 months ago

you see all kinds of people in ocean drive not just ratchet tourist. do you want developers to tear down the buildings on ocean drive and collins ave and build homes? that area is not made for residential development, there are residential areas in other areas of miami beach but sobe it’s not made for that. Sobe will never get rid of it’s party town image

Anonymous
7 months ago

Also most of the existing structures, while may not be historically preserved, have architectural significance in creating the SoBe vibe that attracts tourists. Developers aren’t going to build new buildings that look like their old structures. Look at how awful the old Surf Club turned out. Awful in terms of historic preservation.

Anonymous
7 months ago

The rich and famous have moved on, and eventually, so will the riff-raff. What happened to Cannes, St.Tropez, St. Moritz, Mustique?

Anonymous
7 months ago

But where are all those douchebags in fancy cars going to go to validate their success?

Anonymous
7 months ago

Washington

Anonymous
7 months ago

“douchebags in fancy cars”

But they don’t think they’re too good to mingle with folks like you!

Anonymous
7 months ago

Grrrrrr Pow!

SobeSmiles
7 months ago

you mean the rentals , which you can tell by how much they rev and don’t know how to drive such vehicles. Or when they step out to stand on the hood yell, start fights, crash. man I cant wait for old ocean drive to burn and the classy new one to rise from the ashes

Rigo
7 months ago

This is such a wonderful idea. I really hope the City of Miami Beach gives this the time it deserves, and truly considers turning Ocean Drive into pedestrian only. Its been headed in the wrong direction for a while now, maybe it takes a pandemic to make meaningful change…

justasking
7 months ago

this is great! only problem with the beach is that its 80% ghetto between 5th to 20th and that is never changing…. I do agree with others here that we need new office buildings on the beach so that we get another demographic actuallly living there. On another note, it seems tourists on the beach wear sandals and socks … its been going down every year in that sense.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Oh, look, another r*cist

Anonymous
7 months ago

the original post doesnt make reference to any race at all so no clue what you are talking about. But since you seem to know what the poster is thinking why dont you elaborate for us?

lol ew no
7 months ago

Oh stfu, these dog whistles have been around for decades. Everyone knows what they were talking about.

Anonymous
7 months ago

No, they dont. Because south beach is frequented by people of all different races during the year. Just because someone uses the word “ghetto” doesnt automatically refer to one specific race. Grown up Peter Pan

Anonymous
7 months ago

You guys are saying “ghetto” “ratchet” and “hood” while also mentioning Memorial Day Weekend. Just because Black isn’t said doesn’t mean that isn’t what’s meant. Please tell me which other neighborhoods/enclaves are referred to as ghettos that aren’t white in modern day history. I’ll wait.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Exactly. I dont know why people are afraid to speak facts rather than beat around the bush and hide their comments of a specific racial population by making incognito phrases or descriptions.

Yet I am sure where and when their real name is attached they are calling for inclusion and open boarders and BLM etc.

Total hypocrisy.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Heck, they’ll even tell you they walk around with a Bible in their hand telling people “Jesus loves you.”

Anonymous
7 months ago

It’s not a matter of race or ethnicity. Low class riff-raff come in every color. Your behavior in public is not dictated by skin color but by upbringing, morals, dignity and ethics.

Anonymous
7 months ago

In your mind, it does! You’re doing a poor job of trying to hide it.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Child.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Realist.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Why are people afraid to say black people/black groups/black visitors etc. Everyone on here probably talks BS on social media about how inclusive things need to be yet here they say how the demographic needs to change.
I agree. It does. But that doesnt mean I have to avoid saying the demographic that should change and skate around it by saying sandals and socks or other things…
Which make for good reading but seriously people, it is okay to say SoBe is full of ghetto people which is made up of all races although the black population appears to champion the overall group of undesirable or ghetto populations which frequent SoBe.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Yep.. their afraid to say “black people/black groups/black visitors etc” but they sure wanna hear and dance to that so called “black music” when they go to the club.

J.M.
7 months ago

Nah, I like EDM.

Anonymous
7 months ago

The coke music…

Anonymous
7 months ago

I was there when it all started. The Cardozo, The Carlyle, The Victor, 1235, Amnesia, The China Club, Pearl, Madonna at the Blue Door or Versace at the News Cafe. No ratchet. I spent a lot of money there, but well worth it. Now four or five times a year I drive straight to Joe’s, valet park, eat, and drive the hell out.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Ah…forgot The Forge. No ratchet there either.

Anonymous
7 months ago

I remember going to Prince’s club one night.. I had a ball…

J.M.
7 months ago

Because it’s not about black people. It’s about class. If a bunch of white rednecks and Proud Boys invaded South Beach every few months causing trouble would be equally as disgusted. Miami Beach residents want well behaved tourists. The problems seen on Ocean Drive are largely regulated to that area and nearby Washington and Collins. South of Fifth and north of Lincoln is a different world. As lone as you know how to act then all are welcome to SoBe. If not then you can just f**k right off.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Nah, I’ll take the club going drunk and drug partying people any day over the shot-gun and rifle in the rear window of their truck Red Necks, and the assault rifle and 9mm toting, ready to kill a liberal or Democrat and any person of color, Proud Boys.

Anonymous
7 months ago

I guess all of the proud boys of color must be getting lynched on the regular then. Even behind the full force of the mainstream media, people are not buying the lame attempt to resurrect some clan trope onto the proud boys. Personally, I could careless for them. What I am is tired of the constant demonization of any person or group who does not regurgitate the same woke language spoken by the elite caste.

Popeyes Stan
7 months ago

So you care a lot then about the Proud Boys and Klansmen.

Mugabi
7 months ago

Its antifa and blm destroying things not proud boys, there is a fact for you…

Anonymous
7 months ago

That’s an accusation about the BLM and the made up ANTIFA bs that I dare you to prove.

pitpitty
7 months ago

big money spenders in Miami and Orlando for that matter are Europeans coming to disney and for cruises down here, thats a fact. They will drop 10k easily, now compare that to a crew flying on some spirit or frontier deal, staying at a hostel, buying beer/alcohol at a local shop to limit drinking at a bar/restaurant to one.. With Brightline coming down from Orlando we will hopefully get more of high ticket spenders but trust me they arent liking sobe in its current form, they will come and go looking and saying that was interesting and getting the heck out asap… In Miami’s best interest is bringing up the quality of sobe as is now its not doing the city any favors in terms of bringing $$$

Sofi
7 months ago

Right on point, let FLL keep that crowd, thats where they belong. If you want Miami to be a world class city, thats one of priorities for a clean up.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Miami Beach also needs to fix the timing of its traffic lights to be more pedestrian friendly. Even in the most dense parts of the beach, the lights have really long cycles and require that you press the button before the light turns red or else you have to wait an extra cycle.

The last time I was on the beach, I saw so many tourists losing their patience and sprinting across the street through traffic. And a lot of the local pedestrians seem to completely ignore the lights because they are so absurdly slow.

Anonymous
7 months ago

I see this a lot in the north beach area. Always feels like I’m a car in the Frogger game.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Nah.. forget that, they would rather spend money on a promenade in Ocean Drive first.

Anonymous
7 months ago

I truly hate the phrase “world class” but this really is a great design and concept that would compete with other major promenades across the world like Rue Mouffetard (Paris), La Rambla (Barcelona), Cat Street (Tokyo), Ben Yehuda (Jerusalem), Paseo Ahumada (Santiago), etc.

J.M.
7 months ago

You think Las Ramblas is world class????

Anonymous
7 months ago

I’m sorry, is it too Spanish for you?

Anonymous
7 months ago

No. But Barcelona is.

Anonymous
7 months ago

I never heard of any of those, so “world class” is subjective.

Anonymous
7 months ago

The point is the cities and countries, not the promenade itself.

Anonymous
7 months ago

That’s cause your a hick.

Optimist
7 months ago

Yes. Ocean Drive is the right place for a design like this, and now is the right time too.

Anonymous
7 months ago

If you don’t want cars piling up in the town, built a loop-people mover/train like downtown miami or similar. If it goes from Miami to the beach, you will get a lot of people traffic to spend money.
Otherwise you will have a long line of cars with people gawking out the windows and not spending anything as there is no place to park.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Like Herald Squre in Manhattan

Anonymous
7 months ago

I remember when 9/11 hit.. Miami Beach was dead, dead, dead!!! It was so dead, they were asking the people in Mainland Miami to come and stay in the hotels and patronize the restaurants, bars, and clubs over there.

Boy, how fast we forget.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Does this mean it gets renamed from Ocean Drive to Ocean Walk?

Anonymous
7 months ago

Nice.

Miami Realist
7 months ago

Nice renderings but, In order to remove the ratchet people from all the project housings nationwide who visit the beach every year, they need to increase prices on the hotels and airliners, remove all the ghetto clubs and any hiphop festivals on Memorial weekend. They need to attract more European or any Foreign tourism and more sophisticated clientele and that’s how they can improve the quality of Sobe Ocean drive.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Too bad foreigners can’t travel ere because we have a ratchet government that couldn’t contain a virus.

Anonymous
7 months ago

I guess the entire world is just one big ratchet place as the virus has spread everywhere. The ruling members of the Chinese Communist Party are the real ratchets.

Anonymous
7 months ago

I lived in Europe for 5 1/2 years. You can’t drink the water out of the facet anywhere over there because you can get sick if you do.. you have to drink bottled water.

Anonymous
7 months ago

So because the chemicals that are allowed in drinking water is more regulated in Europe than the US and Europe also regulates what goes into natural water bodies more means they’re better than us?

Anonymous
7 months ago

“and Europe also regulates what goes into natural water bodies more means they’re better than us?”

Uh, what?

Anonymous
7 months ago

That’s a complete LIE!

Anonymous
7 months ago

Not true. Tap water in Europe is as good as the USA

Anonymous
7 months ago

I’ve been to Germany, Paris, England, Holland, Spain, and a whole lotta countries in Europe that I forgot.

Alright, go to Europe and drink the tap water at your own peril.

Anonymous
7 months ago

BS.

Anonymous
7 months ago

“Nice renderings but, In order to remove the ratchet people from all the project housings nationwide who visit the beach every year, they need to increase prices on the hotels and airliners, remove all the ghetto clubs and any hiphop festivals on Memorial weekend”

I guess you don’t think that SCALPING goes on during that time anyway? And I agree, if the businesses on Miami Beach don’t appreciate the money I’m spending there, I’ll stay away too.

Anonymous
7 months ago

what we need is a taco bell on ocean drive

Anonymous
7 months ago

And a Church’s Chicken also.

Anonymous
7 months ago

A mini Sedanos!

Anonymous
7 months ago

Popeye’s

Anonymous
7 months ago

Too good to be true unfortunately. Actually the last months I enjoyed my bicycle ride in ocean drive.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Did you enjoy eating your peanut on toasted wheat bread also after your bike rides?

I mean really, who givesashit?

Anonymous
7 months ago

yes. However WE THE PEOPLE own the sidewalks.
Restaurants can use them but they should pay rent. They gain the benefits of using outdoor seating now and people have to walk around tables. Why not a clothing store put their racks out on the sidewalk.

I would love to see it converted to just people but should also have parking somewhere else for those spaces lost.

Anonymous
7 months ago

More room for restaurants to harass people. I love the idea but can’t stand those restaurants chasing people, let me walk by, look at the menu and ask for a seat. So often I wanted to sit down but walked away as the predatory waiters were approaching.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Something similar happened to Daytona Beach…. They had MTV, BET, Black college reunion and Bike week was much bigger! This beach brought in Millions every year!!! Hotels and locates business were booming! Well not anymore, those big even were all pushed all except Bike week and that is just a shell of it’s former self! Those events made Daytona the worlds most famous beach, well now it’s just a beach. It didn’t get better, businesses haven’t made more money… yeah your grand mother can go now an walk the beach in peace and the whole family can come out but that won’t bring tourist or money!

Anonymous
7 months ago

Daytona beach has been declining and now it has a very high crime rate

Anonymous
7 months ago

As long as they don’t have to look at all those black people anymore, they don’t care how much money their economy lost, their all happier now.

Anonymous
7 months ago

That is true!

Anonymous
7 months ago

This will be awesome for some connected developers!!

Jesus
7 months ago

The idea is great but I’ve always loved pictures of Ocean Drive with cars in it. It gives it a certain element. Either way, doing this from 5th street to maybe 15th would be great.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Well, I guess if they do this, it’ll be “Ocean Walk” then.

Anonymous
7 months ago

First off the render looks stupid this is Miami Beach not fuckin Paris or Rome! It’s Miami stop trying to change the shit into a family destination something it has never been! That’s why people visit to party not to take the family to south beach and do what drink? There is nothing there for kids and if you change it into that I’m telling you it will die! Second what’s the problem with the cars? That’s all apart of the charm to drive your Lambo and Rolls Royce on South Beach and be seen. I used to love going out there just to see the damn cars! Why can’t both coexist? you can widen the side walk and have a road to drive on. I’m telling you this is a big mistake, change South Beach you won’t have people flying from different states just to eat at a family destination with kids running around an everything closing at midnight. Mango’s is gone after all these years and the rest of the bars will follow if they go through with this!

Anonymous
7 months ago

YES YES YES

Anonymous
7 months ago

Now when it is nearly complete, extend the Downtown Miami people mover to the beach.
How many people would use it rather than searching for parking. There could be a nice amount of foot traffic that actually spends money. Those sitting in their car blocking traffic aren’t adding to the economy at all. In fact they are making others not come as it is too crowded with cars that do not respect the pedestrians at crosswalks etc.

SobeSmiles
7 months ago

Long time Sobe Local here (and a “Millenial” ) chiming in.
This is LONG overdue. The SECOND they closed Ocean Drive during pandemic, locals actually started going and enjoying bike and walks there. Everyone started immediately day dreaming of this very idea.. a better version of lincoln road so close to teh sand you could literally see it. It would give the area a more high end vibe. plus we all know all the trashy establishments ( low quality restraunts and bars that serve warm beer and cold burgers+ crap hotels) and locals would actually eat there and spend money as its replaced with more quality venues. Lets be REAL no local would ever be caught dead there , we no better plus no one drives and the few that do wouldn’t ever drive through ocean drive, for what? to be in 30 mins of traffic to pass 10 blocks because all the lambo rentals want to rev their engine at other ugly tourist and general ratchedness? this isn’t wynwood , we have class here, this makes , for a long time sobe look so bad. shut that street down and make it high end, beautiful and enjoyable for teh tax payers and BETTER quality tourist ( you know the REAL revenue bringers who stay at the setai and FB hotel who would also never be caught dead there).

Anonymous
6 months ago

Awesome idea !!!

Anonymous G
7 months ago

Love it! Ocean Drive has been pleaseant not having any cars on it. Needs to stay this way!

John the bandit.
7 months ago

Man that looks beautiful. Cars should not be allowed on ocean drive. Build this up. Make it great. It would be a game changer