Meeting Held To Determine Future Of Urban Beach Weekend

MIAMI BEACH (CBS4) – In a town hall meeting about what to do with Urban Beach Weekend, Miami Beach Mayor Mattie Bower told residents, “it’s something that will probably continue.”

This past Memorial Day, police were involved in a now infamous shoot-out, where one man ended up dead. But all of the Urban Beach events, according to the mayor, are a major source of revenue.

“We also get the good thing, which is the money to add to the resort tax, to add to our budget,” said Bower.

But resident after resident told CBS4 News that the city can’t afford the image of crime and chaos.

“As I listened to her, it was about money, and not about standard of living,” said resident Bret Beach.

Beach and his brother William Beach, have lived in Miami Beach nearly their entire lives. Neither one stays in town during Urban Beach Weekend.

“I’m a healthy guy and I grab my family, and I leave,” said William Beach.

While they think the Urban Beach Weekend should be eliminated, some residents say no.

“Getting rid of it, I don’t think is wise. I think enforcing the laws and just making it more of an upscale experience,” said resident Nicole Shelley.

One group wants to replace the Urban Beach events with Memorial Day festivities, remembering our heroes. That’s a plan many at the town hall meeting applauded.

But the mood among some residents changed when the question and answer portion of the meeting began.

“They won’t even let us speak,” said one resident named Scott.

Residents were only allowed to ask questions in writing.

“It’s a joke! It’s a joke! If you don’t want to listen to us, don’t ask me to come because I just wasted an hour and a half of my time,” said Scott.

No change was made at the meeting, but the city will now look at all of its options.

The city of Miami Beach does not sponsor any of the Urban Beach Weekend events.

  • jr3906

    A few thugs ruin it for everyone, get rid of the thugs so the good ones can enjoy fun in the sun.

  • Melinda Ferrell

    That is why Miami Beach continues to erode, the only solution is to vote them out. They are not for the people who actually pay taxes and have to live here. Memorial Day is just what it is but you can not find anything here that even comes close to what that day was meant for. As for enforcing the law you see what happens someone is always hurt because this event is nothing but a free for all pass to break the law, and that is exactly what happens. If all of the tax paying residents would just up and leave would hip op weekend pay the bills for the entire year? It is a passing faze and Miami Beach needs to pass on it early or suffer in the end.

  • houedly

    Miami beach will never be what it was in the 50’s and 60’s

  • Joe Shmoe

    This city is all about making money and has No consideration about the resident’s safety during the weekend of Memorial Day in May where large groups migrate to the beach and cause trouble and litter the streets with trash. Not to mention the violence that comes with this Urban weekend as well.. Guess a Police Officer will have to be shot and killed before the city finally says ENOUGH.. If it is such a great weekend why do all the City Leaders Leave Miami Beach this weekend and go on vacation ? They should stay and walk the streets and greet all the visitors.. Mayor Bower – You lost my vote and many others ! You are finished as Mayor on Miami Beach ..enjoy it while it lasts..

  • BJ McLaughlin

    What’s a few dead bodies here and there, when there’s a buck to be made? These stupid residents need to get their priorities straight.

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