Miami Beach Residents Protest Urban Beach Weekend

MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami.com) – In front of Miami Beach City Hall Friday evening, a small crowd gathered for a rally calling for an end to Urban Beach weekend after the shootings and arrests that happened last weekend.

The group gathered after launching a Facebook page, now “liked” by more than 5,600 Facebookers. The group was made up of residents and business owners who said they are fed up with the annual Urban Beach weekend.

The group said that last weekend’s fatal shooting on Collins Avenue that was captured on video was the last straw.

“It’s complete debauchery in the streets and nobody takes two seconds to think, what is this weekend about,” said military veteran Walker Bruttschell. “It’s about my brothers, those marines, those soldiers, those soldiers and sailors who lost their live fighting for this country.”

But, the Urban Beach weekend, which attracts a predominantly African-American audience, has some saying it’s a racial issue. Residents say that’s far from the truth.

“This is not an issue about white against black,” said resident Mykel Tulloch. “I live on the beach. What I’ve had to experience in the last 10 years; it’s just unacceptable. A lot of thugs come to South Beach and think it’s time to wild out.”

The owner of Mango’s, David Wallack, admits to making money over the weekend. Still, he said it’s not worth it. He’s fed up with the violence is offering a solution.

“We need to put on a mega three-day Woodstock type concert which also features Beyonce, Kanye West, along with Latin night with Gloria and her friends. It will cost money, this city has money.”

But in the end, the protesters had one simple message for city leaders about Urban Beach weekend.

“We’re saying to the city that the safety of our residents, our businesses and our visitors is never negotiable,” said Frank Fiorentino, vice-president of the residents association on Ocean Drive.

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  1. PHIL GAINES FORKLIFT says:

    END URBAN (WHAT THE HECK DOES THAT MEAN ANYWAY) BEACH WEEK.

    THE GHETTO RARELY TOUCHES THE OCEAN IN FLORIDA ALTHOUGH SOMETIMES YOU MUST DRIVE THROUGH IT TO GET TO THE BEACH, ALA RIVIERA BEACH AND ELSEWHERE.

    JUST SAY NO TO SUPPORTING THUGS. WE DONT NEED THEIR MONEY, GARBAGE AND CRIME.

    HOW ABOUT HOSTING A MORE FAMILY ORIENTED AFFAIR.

    LEAVE YOUR 40CAL AND GLOCKS HOME.

    1. Willie Colon says:

      Lower caps next we think you have no life.

  2. Willie Colon says:

    Its just not fair

  3. Jason Levy says:

    yep. its a disgrace that people have to hide in their homes or flee for the weekend because its unsafe to walk the streets during urban weekend. unacceptable.

  4. Me says:

    The locals would make more money probably if they turned Memorial Weekend into a family affair. Parades, fireworks, amusements for kids, etc.. Miami is the most un-American city in this country, so I’m wasting my breath.

  5. Delasangre says:

    Hey *ME*, I agreed with the family oriented weekend proposal, but calling Miami the mos un-American city in the country?. wow! what about Washington DC for a real un-American city. LOL

    1. Me says:

      I agree, but look at the politicians of Miami. Same thing – corruption. I have also been to DC five times and never heard anyone speak a language other than English.

  6. one says:

    It is not always about Black Ghetto Thugs. Thugs come from every walk of life, various ethnic backgrounds and family backgrounds. I agree with the people of Miami Beach, the protection of the people the live there and pay taxes should be put above anything else. However, African Americans coming together in large groups should be able to show restraint on a weekend that celebrates the life of those who gave their lives for this country. And it is true that the business and city official needs to create a different celebratory bash for that weekend if they wish for the violence and over-crowding to stop.

  7. Jason Levy says:

    “one” put it perfectly.

  8. Scrimp Man says:

    That about says it all…I think keeping out thugs of any kind is a must black white Latino or whatever but we have to get rid of all the rapper parties period and keep the ghetto in the ghetto they don’t deserve to be with the rest of society specially when you ask for Scrawberries..

    1. keepfighting says:

      LOLOL@ scrimp man!!!!

      Scrawberries!!!!! Ebonics shredds all that we are taught in English class. What about the teaachers that speak like that on TV wanting to keep their jobs!!! How in the world did they ever get that job to begin with?? Somebody splain that me!!

  9. John says:

    Of course its all about racism. Just look at the protesters…not one non-white face in the crowd. South Beach people are a group of hypocrites. They slowly chased most of the gay folks away from down there too because they were also “unacceptable”, but nobody complained about the drunk and unruly gay club hoppers on the street because then the crowd was all white and white Hispanic. Boy how I remember Miami Beach… There is no other place on earth where people are more fake, full of themselves, ALWAYS pretending to have money and to act like they are better than everybody else. Botox, cocaine, plastic surgery, and alcohol— zombies living on credit. Pathetic, all of them!

    White people on Miami Beach REALLY don’t want non-whites over there to threaten their little elitist community. Don’t know what they’re trying to protect anyway because South Beach died way back in the 1990s and it became an AIDS, drugs, and crime-infested ghetto long before Urban Beach Weekend came there.

    1. AndrewJ526 says:

      John, your comment sounds like a typical ‘default’ excuse by an ignorant black person – “Of course its all about racism.”
      Yes, that’s right, an excuse freely spoken by IGNORANT black people. I have met plenty of INTELLIGENT black people who KNOW the facts and KNOW race has NOTHING to do with the position some people find themselves in.
      Yes, in some ‘outback’ regions of the USA, racism is still prevalent, but in urban areas like Miami – not a chance.
      The fact is, you are wrong.
      The fact is, it’s all about maintaining a SAFE environment.
      Society does NOT want ANYBODY (regardless of race, color, ethnicity, etc.) to enter a public domain with the intent of doing harm or performing a crime.
      NOBODY can control which people decide to steer their life in such a self-destructive direction.
      The only racism being played out here is in your own mind John, seriously.

      1. John says:

        I am not black, but it doesn’t make any difference relating to the post. I’d also bet you some serious money that I am more intelligent and more educated than you are. YOUR argument is the one typically made by racist white people when they need a seemingly reasonable excuse to publicly defend their racism. It was especially popular during the 1950s and for a while during the 1960s when people of your ilk were trying to suffocate the Civil Rights Movement. The universe is an immensely bigger place than your tiny little mind. Apologist philosophy like yours would impress only uneducated people who don’t know history.

        You’re either in denial or a fool to say that racism doesn’t exist in Miami. Perhaps not the violent type of stuff as it was 50 years ago, but most definitely a more insidious type that still disguises itself as concern for “maintaining a safe environment.” A perfect example is this Urban weekend issue. People in south Florida used to say the same things in protest against immigration because they didn’t like that the Cubans, and the Haitians, and the Jamaicans were moving in. The majority of the white people who were living in Dade and Broward during the 80s and 90s fled the area because they didn’t like the changes. But I guess you’re going to say next that I imagined that too because I’m ignorant, right? Pathetic!

        Look at where you went with your post…”enter a public domain with the intent of doing harm or performing a crime.” I suppose that was ‘obviously’ the intent of the people who came to South Beach for Urban Weekend.

        I should be laughing at you, but its not funny. I’ve met quite a few closeted bigots like you over the years. And because you don’t know I will tell you. Racism does have something to do with the situations that MANY people have found themselves in. The “plenty of intelligent black people” (do you even stop to think about how offensive you are?) that you claim to know are nothing compared to the experiences of millions. Don’t take my word for it. Look back at American history. Its all there. You speak a lot about the ignorance of other people so do yourself a favor and decrease yours with a bit more reading.

    2. GET REAL says:

      Sir
      Please do not make such awful racial statements. If white college fraternities descended on Miami Beach for “Frat Week” we would have similar problems.

  10. Jason Levy says:

    actually there were plenty of black protesters.. i was there. nice try though.. even uncle luke, the co founder of this event, no longer supports it. enough said. besides, the only people who defend this are the people that look forward to trashing the city all over again next year. just go somewhere else. its literally not safe to walk around south beach during urban weekend, its scary out there.

    1. John says:

      You’re not telling the truth. There were definitely not “plenty” of black protesters there. There never was and never will be a time when “plenty of black” people are on South Beach. This event was the sole exception, and the reaction to it now is because “plenty of black (s)” on South Beach make the racist people who live there too uncomfortable. My point is that South Beach is no prize. Its never safe to walk around South Beach, with or without Urban Weekend. Loud late night bars and clubs and cafes, drunken and unruly people on the street, robberies, fights, hate crimes, etc have long been a part of the scene there. The only difference this time is that the crowd is mostly black and Hispanic ( the Hispanics who aren’t pretending to be Anglo). South Beach has been a cesspool for a long time and it always will be. The locals who live and hang out over there now are mostly trash and mostly broke and pretending to have money. I owned a few properties and two very successful businesses on South Beach and lived there for years, so I know the place, and the scene, and a LOT of the people who live there and used to hang out there. Many of those people (the ones who actually have money) no longer hang out on South Beach. Even though some of those people liked to do their lines on the weekends at least they were fun and interesting. And quite a few of them who used to have weekend condos down there sold and got out when the going was good.

      There’s so much more that I’d like to say about South Beach but don’t have the time and don’t really care all that much anyway since I no longer live or have any investments there but I still have friends there, and I hear it all. I do know one thing: some of those people who’re there now acting up over this event have other more important things going on in their own lives that they should be more concerned about. Give them another year, tops. Watch for the businesses to start to shut down and the fancy homes and condos going into foreclosure when they run out of people to borrow money from and the banks and the drug dons start calling for their cash. Just wait! I promise you that some of these business owners will find themselves wishing for more events like Urban Weekend.

      South Beach is a scene that ended long ago. it had more character and style when it was mostly the gays who were operating the nightclub and restaurant scene. But many of those gays are long gone. So are the really cool people who used to party and play there. The only thing keeping that place afloat are the tourists who come there for the clubs (which are sad now compared to the ones that used to be there), the drugs, and the prostitutes. But its mostly a certain type of tourist who will come to Miami Beach for these things because if you’re a person who has some coin and who travels a lot then you know that all of these things can be had (at vastly higher quality) in many parts of Europe, Canada, Australia, and right here in the good ole USA in the Northeast and out West.

      And BTW, Uncle Luke will not end the event when there’s so much money being made from it. They will move it to Atlanta, or LA, or Austin, or NYC.

      1. Louis says:

        Think again. If you remember, Freaknik was in Atlanta and had many of the same problems. Do a little research and see why Atlanta got fed up and instituted measures to get rid of it. It is now in Daytona and eventually it will have to move again. As the old saying goes, once is an accident, twice may be a coincidence but three times is a pattern. I guess all of these cities are wrong and the violence associated with them is all hyperbole.

      2. John says:

        @ Louis,

        They will keep moving it from city to city if they have to, but they will not end it because they’re making a lot of money. And if its not Uncle Luke its going to be somebody else because the Hip Hop community is huge and promoters are going to find a way to bring those fans together to make money.

        Back in the 80s, white spring breakers were chased out of Fort Lauderdale for the same reasons you’re citing. Since then the college kids have found many other venues to hang out and party. And the people who promote the spring break events are still making money

      3. Louis says:

        @ John

        White Spring Breakers were not chased out of Fort Lauderdale because of violence, especially sexual assaults and gun violence. Also, if you look which Spring Break areas are more popular these days, they are outside of the United States. Places like Cancun and Negril are vastly more popular now than the historic Florida beach cities. Not one Spring Break city had to outline the streets with police officers and show such an overwhelming force that it would drive them out of the area and not want to come back. You’re making too big a leap with your analogy. I will absolutely agree that there might be some people in Miami Beach who are racist and look at it from that narrow minded point of view. However, read or watch what many of the hoteliers are saying and it isn’t the race of the people they have a problem with.

  11. Brian Detrick says:

    WHEN ARE THE PEOPLE OF MIAMI BEACH GOING TO WAKE UP AND REALIZE THAT BAD INCOMPETENT CITY POLICY IS THE RESULT OF BAD INCOMPETENT CITY LEADERS???????

    MAYOR MATTI BOWER HAS HAD 10 YEARS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS PROBLEM AND HASN’T BECAUSE SHE IS NOT A CAPABLE LEADER.

    SHE IS CLUELESS, BABBLING FOOL AND EVERYONE KNOWS SHE IS

    ………..AND WE HAVE LITERAL SHOOTINGS ON THE STREET BECAUSE OF IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SIX FIGURE PENSIONS FOR CITY EMPLOYEES, A CITY HEADED FOR BANKRUPTCY AND OUR MAYOR VOTES TO INCREASE OUR TAXES TO PAY OFF THE UNIONS WHO SUPPORT HER.

    MAKE THE ASSOCIATION PEOPLE — WE ARE NEVER GOING TO BE ABLE TO SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS UNLESS WE ELECT PEOPLE COMPETENT TO SOLVE THEM.

    HAVING A CARTOON CHARACTER FOR OUR MAYOR ISN’T FUNNY ANYMORE.

    IF IT EVER WAS……….

    1. We Need A New Mayor says:

      I attended a commission meeting where residents complained about the mafiosa style towing companies. I was shocked to hear the Mayor’s reply, “I know they don’t follow the rules but there is nothing I can do about it”

      Mayor Bower is USELESS.

      Mayor, please retire and let someone who is motivated take over!

  12. sick of sofla says:

    URBAN=
    U- UNRULY
    R-REBELLIOUS
    B-BEHAVIOR
    A-ACCPTED
    N- NO MORE
    just a thought……..

  13. Dr. Mbinga says:

    How are you going to ‘end it’ ? Declare that BLACK PEOPLE cannot come to Miami Beach on Memorial Day?

    This is America and the days when you can declare areas off limits to BLACKS is over.

    They can come to Miami Beach if they want to and there is NOTHING any of you white racists can do about it.

    God Bless America

    1. frank says:

      Dr. Mbinga, to end the problem is very simple, the city does not host the event. tada. No event, no crowds. Sure like you put it BLACK PEOPLE are welcomed but, if there are no parties do you think they will come. Why don’t you hear about this shootings and arrests during the food and wine festival, boat show, art festival. Different crowd my friend. When you have the uncle Luke which I believe organized this event 10 years ago, not support it should tell the city something.

      Memorial Day Weekend should have events that reminds us what this weekend is about. Half if not all party goers probably did not know what the significance of Memorial Day is other than lets go to south beach and get drunk and show off my rental driving around the same street back and forth trying to get attention.

      You dont think the events that occured this past weekend is enough to put a stop to it. come on. race is not a factor here. it is the safety of everyone.

      1. MIAMI BEACH DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE says:

        frank, you are wrong. there are no city events during Urban week. There are no events for the city to shut down,.

  14. Semper Gumby says:

    This protest has nothing to do with race. It is about bad behavior that has now also become a public safety issue. Miami Beach is a very open-minded, inclusive community but when your guests get out of control you need to send them packing; the same thing you would do with unruly house guests. Stop with the race baiting.

    A note for the article’s writer: It is common practice to capitalize “Marines” with a capital “M”. It is a journalistic tradition that began in World War II as a sign of respect for their heroic actions in the Pacific. That heroism continues today— as should the sign of respect.

  15. MIAMI BEACH DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE says:

    MIAMI BEACH DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE

    During Urban Week, African American women are sexually harassed, spit on and African American tourists and customers are tramped and injured in the riots that take place in the streets and cafes.

    Urban Week is not safe for African Americans or anyone.

    1. FYI says:

      Not to mention the thugs are out there pulling off armed robberies of the black tourists duriing Urban Beach Week which was kept quiet,

  16. Juan says:

    I dont’t like to be with my family around Thugs, whether they are Black, White, Yellow, Green or even transparent, period.

  17. hotel resv mgr says:

    You can not ask people what color they are when booking a hotel room. Correct the City does not sponsor any events events, so exactly how do all you smart people want the City to stop hotel bookings?

    1. keepfighting says:

      Make it a Verterans/retiree only weekend stay and get the veterans info and verify it. CC reservations only… no cash, no debit and when they check in….. see the ID and have security to make sure it doesn’t populate to a dozen people in the room. There are ways around this, you just have to stop being lazy and start being creative and proactive

  18. Mora and Deenie says:

    Hollywood Beach would be a perfect place for Black Beach/Urban Weekend. There is plenty of parking, THE BROADWALK, Beach ampitheater, shops, bars foor and recreation. My wife and I think they should just shift this cultural weekend to HOLLYWOOD BEACH! Hollywood would really welcome the ethnic festivities!

  19. Indhy500 says:

    How can you cancel and event that does not really exist? This is baffling… You can’t really cancel something that is not an event to begin with. You can’t stop people from coming to MB due to their ethnic background. I’m appalled by the horrendous behavior displayed in MB over the weekend, it’s completely unacceptable, and should not be tolerated from anyone, no matter what is their background. I stay away from MB for Memorial Day weekend, it’s a rule “no crossing the bridge between Friday and Monday of Memorial Day”…

    I don’t know what the remedy for this dilemma is, but I sure now you can’t cancel something that does not really exist. The city has a difficult task to try to find some redress for it’s citizens…

  20. Robert says:

    I’ve lived in Miami many years.

    When the black parties come to town, a lot of businesses close.

    Who want’s to be robbed, beaten and shot.

    End all black weeks and regain our streets, until they behave in a civilizeed manner.

    Yes, there were whites and hispanics also involved. But, they are just trying to live up to the gangsta lifestyle, created by black thugs.

    You get a bunch of gangstas together and you have choas and riots.

    END THE GANGSTA WEEKS. THEY DON’T LIVE HERE. WE DO!!!!!!

    WE HAVE TO CLEAN UP THEIR MESS..

  21. Hess cukin says:

    I’ll settle this argument, what color was the person shot, and what color most of the criminals around urban weekend? Black this is not racism it’s facts. Shut it down

  22. whiplash says:

    I lived in Miami I loved the place but that was 1968. The Spanish, Haitian and Puerto Ricans have pretty much taken over the city. The American Flag was taken down long ago. It is no longer a safe place to live, work or drive through.

  23. Mia G says:

    Hello everyone,

    I just have one thing to say..the police response to the poor young man’s erratic driving by firing over 100 bullets will prove to be Miami Beach’s nemesis.

    Memorial Day will not only be a day to honor our soldiers but to those have died at the hands of police.

    Granted, Herisse had a criminal background but not enough for him to be massacred in front of a crowd and hurting and wounding innocent bystanders.

    Miami Beach will pay the price of this via more people coming to the beach to seek vengeance and retribution. Miami Beach will pay via lawsuits. Miami Beach will need to clean up its image in every way.

    Stop with the prostitution, drugs, lewd behavior and poor etiquette. Stop the littering. Clean our beaches of sodom and gomorrah type of behavior..

    Let’s come together as a community and rise up against thuggish and disrespectful behavior by all concerned – be they cops, civilians or anyone else regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political affiliation.

    Memorial Day is a day to honor our men and women who have fought for our nation. Memorial Day will now be a day to honor those slain by over zealous police.

    Peace to all.

    Thank You.

    A Miami Beach Resident and Beach Goer

  24. rod says:

    The problem is that there are no events for this weekend. We have hundreds of thousands of people coming in for the weekend, and the only places for them are nightclubs and restaurants, which can not hold all of the crowds. The city should work to have large-scale concerts and events that give people places to be. All of the other events have different things to do. It is Memorial Day weekend. Of course there will be large crowds. It is not about who comes as much as it is about the number of people coming.

  25. Cupcake says:

    We used to live on the beach…Urban Beach weekend is one of the reasons we moved. It used to held in Atlanta and it used to be called Freak Nick. Atlanta no longer has this event (for obvious reasons). It’s just bad all around. I hope to God it goes away. I hope the city residents stand strong.

  26. joesr says:

    I can’t believe what I’m reading. Look people…it is very simple. The issue is crime. If there was no crime, then there is no problem. Leave it at that please. White, black…so what? Behave and you’re welcome. End of story. Why is that so hard to see? You’re not racist just because you don’t want crime.

  27. sick of sofla says:

    The Mayor of Atlanta had the guts to say “no more” and brought it to an end. The Mayor of sobe needs to follow his footsteps.
    Unfortunately the “thug” blehavior brings out the worst in the classiest of us,, it’s called self defense. Our defenses come out and we want to rid our breathing space of what we know is wrong , unacceptable and threatening our safety. I say evacuate the island, have a thug fest ,,,,arm them all with ak47’s and let them go ahead kill each other off and be done with it!!! They are nothing to be proud of when you consider the past generations of all colors and nationalities have fought for….. equallity. They are not equal and that is their bahavior choice. I’m sorry,I choose not to lower my standards to live like that. Thugs don’t have to either…… they have a choice in life and have chosen the road they are on and they are proud of it ,”good” for them. Leave my safety and quality of life out of your choices. Stay away from my home!! Where are all the people that are supportive of this weekend…. the ACLU, the NAACP, etc? Where do they live? Did they have to hide in their home for the weekend? Were they out there dodging bullets, bottles, cars, fights and rape? How can any group support this kind of violence, behavior and live with themselves?
    This has to end once and for all!!!!!

  28. nogame says:

    Katt Williams,,,,, stand up comedian… says it all!!

  29. nogame says:

    CBS, why do you force auto refresh on viewers? That’s annoying!!!

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