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New Business and Commission Requests - R9  B


TO:Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Commission 
FROM:Jimmy L. Morales, City Manager 
DATE:May  22, 2019



This period reflects historically high attendance on Miami Beach beachfront property, due to the schedule of Memorial Day Weekend programming, including the Air and Sea Show.


Measures imposed during a High Impact Period on beach property will


• The prohibition of coolers;

• The prohibition of any inflatable devices;

• The prohibition of tents, tables, and similar structures;

• The limitation of live or amplified music;

•The limitation of traffic routes to prohibit vehicular access to non-residents, and

permit access only for residents and those patrons and employees of

businesses located in the specific area where traffic routes have been limited;

• The establishment of occupancy limits for different segments of beach property,

and prohibiting access to those areas that have reached those occupancy

limits, in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the general public;

• The prohibition on issuance BTRs for promoters;

• The prohibition of any direct or indirect consumption of alcohol on the beach

property; and

• The implementation of a license plate reader police detail, which may be

utilized on eastbound traffic lanes of the MacArthur Causeway, Julia Tuttle

Causeway, and on any other access points to the City.


Based on estimates derived from prior years, we anticipate that this time period will meet the following requirements to enact the provision set forth in Chapter 82 of the City Code.  Per Section 2016-4019, only one of the below requirements is sufficient to trigger these protective measures:


• An event, activity or period of time is expected to generate attendance by more than 5,000 people for an area of beach property that extends less than 15 blocks from north to south. Ocean Rescue's patron attendance estimates for the  beachfront from South Pointe to 15 Street is at 20,000 patrons/day. It is anticipated the count will be higher from years past as the Air and Sea Show will host the Blue Angels which has a large following of spectators.


• City parking lots and garages in an area within a 15 block radius of beachfront property are at full capacity. Parking Department's use reports of garages nearby the public beach area (7th st Street garage, 12th Street garage, 13th Street garage, 16th Street/ Anchor garage) for the same period show these garages near capacity with intermittent closures between 11 am to 9 pm.


• There is a designated major event period (as set forth and identified within the special event regulations and guidelines). The special event regulations and guidelines define Air and Sea Show and Memorial Day Weekend, this year May 24-28, as a major event period.


• A maintenance of traffic plan is required (including street closures) based upon the high impact. As in years past the Police Department will close Ocean Drive from 5 to 14 Streets for Memorial Day Weekend and will institute a traffic loop along Washington and Collins Avenue.


• Hotel occupancy levels are anticipated to be greater than 85% in the City. In 2018 Hotel occupancy levels were at 71.3% up 2.1% over 2017.


Designation of the 2019 Memorial Day Weekend High Impact Period from Friday, May 24th at 7 AM to Tuesday, May 29th at 7 AM; exceeding the 72 hour maximum as set forth in the recently amended 82-433.
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