|TO: ||Neighborhood and Quality of Life Committee Members|
|FROM:||Alina T. Hudak, City Manager|
|DATE: ||May 19, 2021|
DISCUSSION REGARDING MID-BEACH QUALITY OF LIFE/CRIME REQUEST FOR REVIEW/ASSISTANCE.
|In April 2021, the Commission and Miami Beach Police Department (MBPD) received an e-mail from a resident of Mid-Beach regarding issues affecting the quality of life of residents on Collins Avenue, between 36th and 39th Streets and, more specifically, residents residing at the Mosaic building located at 3801 Collins Ave. Commissioner Gongora placed the matter as a discussion item heard at the April 21, 2021 City Commission meeting where he requested an update be provided by the Miami Beach Police Department (MBPD) at the May 2021 Neighborhood and Quality of Life (NQLC) meeting regarding the efforts carried out to address the resident concerns.|
|In response to the included letter which highlighted “growing crime, vagrancy and other challenges”, the Department promptly researched the calls for service received and identified four relevant reports for the building in question and 12 for the area between 36th and 39th Streets between January 1, 2021 and April 5, 2021. The calls consisted of two domestic disturbances and calls minor in nature (e.g., 911 hang-ups, a misdemeanor assault, minor traffic crash, etc.).|
Notwithstanding, the Department immediately increased proactive patrols and recently put in place an on-going area detail that began on May 4, 2021 through May 20, 2021. The detail directly addresses the concerns raised by the residents who fall under the jurisdiction of the largest Homeowner Association, the Mid-Beach Neighborhood Association (MBNA), which lies between 24th and 63rd Streets along Collins Ave and Indian Creek.
The week prior to the detail (April 27 - May 3, 2021), 130 calls for service were reported. Since the detail began on May 4 through May 12, 2021, the calls reported increased to 160 as a direct result of the heightened activity of the officers and their self-initiated reporting.
By comparison during the same time periods in 2019 and 2020, 38 calls for service were reported the week of April 27 – May 3, 2019 and 63 were reported the week of May 4 – May 12, 2019. In 2020, 41 calls for service were reported the week of April 27 – May 3, 2020 and 47 between May 4 – May 12, 2020.
On average, the Department conducts 24 park-and-walk details and/or watch orders per day within the MBNA. The Department has received positive feedback from previous complainants at the Mosaic and residents of the area and remains steadfast in its commitment to continuing communication with residents of Mid-Beach and the MBNA as well as to its patrolling of the area to address identified concerns.
|Is this a "Residents Right to Know" item, pursuant to City Code Section 2-14?|| ||Does this item utilize G.O. Bond Funds?|
|No|| ||No|| |
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