Two months after Miami Beach voters approved a non-binding referendum calling for a rollback of alcohol sales in the city, the city administration released a memo Thursday outlining potential options to impose a 2 a.m. booze ban with exceptions for certain businesses.
Commissioner Mark Samuelian said in an interview Tuesday that he would prefer a blanket 2 a.m. restriction on alcohol sales citywide but that he would consider exceptions, like for large hotels, if Gelber or his other colleagues wanted to create exceptions.
However, he said, any exceptions should be “continually earned by stellar behavior.” Samuelian said he did not expect a vote at Wednesday’s meeting but that the commission should move “expeditiously” to enact new restrictions as part of the city’s plan to reposition itself from being a hub of late night partying to a cultural destination.
“This is one of the most critical issues confronting the city because of its potential impacts on both public safety and quality of life, which are the community’s priorities and my priority,” he said.
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