MEP What Is It?
WHAT IS A MAJOR EVENTS PLAN?
Miami Beach continues to make the lists of top worldwide destinations. Visitors are drawn to our city’s blue skies, white sands and all that there is to do year-round. While some visitors come to enjoy a vacation, others come to partake of the many events that occur in the city.
When major events such as the Miami International Boat Show, Super Bowl, the South Beach Wine and Food Festival and Art Basel Miami Beach come to town, the City works with the event organizers to address the impacts those events can have on our City – from traffic to trash. Those events are responsible for paying for enhanced staffing and services needed to ensure that the city is safeguarded and clean.
However, there are periods when there are no organized events that still draw significant crowds and have an even higher impact to the city – such as spring break and Memorial Day weekend. For this purpose, the City developed the Miami Beach Major Events Plan (MEP) process, which provides for coordination and communication between various city departments, outside agencies, nightclubs, hotels and residents, as well as visitors.
The average resident might not know that an MEP is implemented about eight to 10 times a year. MEPs for the Boat Show, New Year’s Eve and Memorial Day Weekend, among others, help the City prepare, and whenever possible mitigate, the impacts of these events in the city. Departmental staffing and service plans differ for each MEP implementation according to the need.