MIAMI (CBSMiami) — As in years past, there will be plenty of hip-hop on Miami Beach this Urban Beach weekend. Fans are already arriving.
“It’s a lovely city,” said Carlton Mosley from Houston. “I’m having a great time here. It’s a beautiful city and everyone is welcoming. I’m just enjoying myself.”
This year the beach is putting more memorial in Memorial Day weekend. There will be a military air and sea show saluting those who have served. The World Out Games will attract thousands of LGBT athletes and supporters.
Barricades have been erected on major thoroughfares to widen the sidewalks to accommodate the expected throngs.
“Arrive early, use our parking garages, use rideshare programs like Uber and Lyft to get around. We’ll have tons of officers out there doing DUI patrols,” said Miami Beach Police Officer Ernesto Rodriguez.
Previous Memorial Day weekends have seen some locals get out of town, a declining trend.
“When I got here seven years ago it was crazy,” said Marcella Dimartino, who lives on the beach and owns a store. “Now, I think it’s much more quiet.”
Miami Beach is encouraging families to come out and bring the kids this year. If the beach will be bustling this weekend, the waters will be filled with a flotilla of fun lovers, and an armada of police vessels enforcing boating laws.
“We ask that everyone boat responsibly this holiday weekend, and remember to wear your life jackets. They save lives,” said Coast Guard Lt. Raymond Heberlig at a Thursday news conference.
From the ocean to Ocean Drive, Memorial Day weekend promises to be one to remember.
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