Miami Beach is Breaking Up With
Expect curfews, security searches and bag checks at beach access points, early beach entrance closures, DUI checkpoints, bumper-to-bumper traffic, road closures and arrests for drug possession and violence.
LOCAL LAWS & REGULATIONS
The following is illegal:
- Consumption of alcohol in public.
- Smoking tobacco or marijuana on beaches or in parks.
- Possession or consumption of narcotics.
- Driving under the influence.
- Driving a scooter or vehicle irresponsibly.
- Violence of any kind.
Prohibited on the beach:
- Smoking cigarettes or filtered tobacco products.
- Consumption of alcohol.
- Narcotics and marijuana.
- Large tents, tables or similar structures.
- Loud music.
- Large coolers.
- Glass containers.
- Styrofoam and plastic straws.
MB City Code Sec 82-443
Short Term Rentals / Airbnb’s
Many short-term rentals, including those purchased on Airbnb and VRBO, booked for a time period of less than six months and one day are illegal in the City of Miami Beach. Fines range from $1,000 per day/per violation for the first violation to $5,000 per day/per violation for repeat violations. For more information, visit www.practicesaferenting.com.
There will be no sidewalk seating on Ocean Drive from March 8-10 and March 15-17.
Every Thursday Through Sunday in March
For the entire month of March, the following high-impact measures will be in place every Thursday through Sunday:
- A flat parking rate of $30 will be in effect at the following city-owned parking garages and all surface lots south of 42 Street: 7 Street and Collins Avenue (G1), 12 Street and Washington Avenue (G2), 13 Street and Collins Avenue (G3), 16 Street between Collins and Washington avenues (G4), 17 Street and Convention Center Drive (G5), Pennsylvania Avenue and Lincoln Lane North (G9), 18 Street and Meridian Avenue (G7), 18 Street and Bay Road (G10), and 23 Street and Liberty Avenue (G12). The flat parking rate does not apply to residents, access card holders or employees with proper identification.
- The nonresident towing rate will be $516 — double the normal rate — plus a $30 administrative fee for vehicles towed in South Beach within the boundaries of 23 Street and Dade Boulevard on the north (including properties fronting the north side of 23 Street or Dade Boulevard), Government Cut on the south, Biscayne Bay on the west, and the Atlantic Ocean on the east.
- Beach entrances on Ocean Drive will be limited to 5, 10 and 12 streets and will have security checkpoints to ensure prohibited items do not enter the beach. These entrances will also close at 6 p.m. Coolers, inflatable devices, tents, tables and similar objects will not be permitted on the beach. Amplified music without a city-issued permit will also be restricted. As a reminder, alcohol and cigarette smoking are always prohibited on our beaches.
- Packaged liquor stores in the Entertainment District are always required to close at 8 p.m.
- The Miami Beach Police Department (MBPD) will implement a traffic plan beginning at 6 p.m. each Thursday through Sunday* to reduce traffic impacts around the South of Fifth (SOFI), West Avenue and Flamingo Park neighborhoods. Motorists can access the SOFI neighborhood via Alton Road, Washington Avenue and Collins Avenue. The Flamingo Park neighborhood can only be accessed via Alton Road. Local access restrictions will be enforced on some city streets to limit traffic and improve mobility for residents and business patrons. *The first and last weekend will begin Friday – Sunday.
THINGS TO KNOW
ADDITIONAL HIGH-IMPACT MEASURES FOR MARCH 7-10 AND MARCH 14-17:
Parking garages in South Beach will be CLOSED beginning on Thursday at 6 a.m. - Monday at 6 a.m. including: 7 Street and Collins Avenue (G1), 12 Street and Washington Avenue (G2), 13 Street and Collins Avenue (G3), 16 Street between Collins and Washington avenues (G4), 17 Street and Convention Center Drive (G5), Pennsylvania Avenue and Lincoln Lane North (G9), 18 Street and Meridian Avenue (G7), 18 Street and Bay Road (G10) and 23 Street and Liberty Avenue (G12).
A $100 flat fee parking rate will be in effect for the 42 Street garage between Royal Palm and Sheridan avenues (G6).
All surface lots, south of 42 Street will be closed beginning on Thursday at 6 a.m. - Monday at 6 a.m.
The above parking garage restrictions and flat parking rates do not apply to residents, access card holders, permit holder or employees with proper identification.
The Miami Beach Police Department will implement a License Plate Reader (LPR) detail on the eastbound lanes of the MacArthur and Julia Tuttle causeways on March 8-10 and March 15-17 at 6 p.m. with set up commencing at 5 p.m. Motorists should expect significant traffic as eastbound travel lanes will be reduced on the MacArthur and Julia Tuttle causeways. MBPD will also have an LPR detail along the 5th Street corridor on March 22-24 starting at 6 p.m. with set up commencing at 5:30 p.m.
A Driving Under the Influence (DUI) sobriety checkpoint will be in place along the 400 block of 5 Street starting at 5 p.m. over March 8-9 and March 15-16.
Businesses renting or leasing golf carts, low-speed vehicles, autocycles (i.e. slingshots), motorized scooters, mopeds, motorcycles powered by motors of 50cc or less and motorized bicycles will be suspended from operating on March 7-10 and March 14-17.
Ocean Drive will only be accessible to vehicles via 13 Street with a sole exit at 5 Street on March 7-10, March 14-17 and March 21-24. Barricades will line both sides of Ocean Drive to reduce the potential of pedestrians coming into contact with motor vehicles.
We will have enhanced parking enforcement and increased towing of illegally parked vehicles throughout March — with priority given to residential areas.
Parking will be restricted on Collins Avenue from 5 Street to Española Way starting at 5 a.m. from March 7-11, March 14-18 and March 21-24.
Parking will be restricted on Washington Avenue from 5 Street to 16 Street starting at 5 a.m. from March 7-11, March 14-18 and March 21-24.
Parking along the 100 blocks from 6-14 streets will be restricted 24 hours per day from March 7-10, March 14-17 and March 21-24. Residential Zone 5 parking permit holders are exempt from these restrictions, unless noted with posted signage.
Parking along the 200 blocks from 6-15 streets will be restricted nightly from 6 p.m.- 7 a.m. from March 7-10, March 14-17 and March 21-24. Residential Zone 5 parking permit holders are exempt from these restrictions, unless noted with posted signage.
The following provides additional departmental information:
Department staffing levels for Miami Beach Police, Fire Rescue, Ocean Rescue, Code Compliance, Park Rangers, Parking and Sanitation will be significantly enhanced throughout March as detailed below.
Goodwill Ambassadors will be deployed each weekend to provide information and welcome visitors.
Residents, business owners and visitors can expect a heightened police presence throughout the month of March. MBPD will operate with extended hours and augmented staffing, using an enhanced Alpha/Bravo scheduling configuration to deploy more officers during peak days and times.
Police staffing will be reinforced with support from various external law enforcement agencies, including the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Highway Patrol, Miami-Dade Police Department, Miami-Dade Schools Police Department and other municipal law enforcement agencies.
Uniformed officers will proactively patrol in vehicles, on ATVs, bicycles and on foot. Additionally, in a continued collaborative effort with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, MBPD’s Marine Patrol will enforce all applicable laws along the City's waterways.
Goodwill Ambassadors wearing branded “Take Care of Our City” pink t-shirts will be deployed throughout the Entertainment District to answer visitor questions, provide directions and give tips on how to enjoy the city.
We are also prepared to implement special event zones, as outlined in section 316.1891 of Florida's Statutes, provided certain criteria are met. These designated zones target unpermitted temporary activities or events drawing 50 or more attendees, which pose disruptions to normal traffic flow. Within these zones, the city holds the authority to impose doubled fines for traffic infractions and has the option to impound vehicles for violations. Furthermore, law enforcement retains the ability to temporarily enforce occupancy limits within special event zones, with associated costs potentially recoverable from event promoters or organizers.
The Miami Beach Fire Department will have augmented staffing throughout South Beach. Fire Inspectors will conduct nightly inspections on weekends throughout the Entertainment District. Ocean Rescue will double staff lifeguard towers between 4 and 14 streets as needed. The 911 Call Center will have additional dispatchers on duty dedicated to South Beach calls. Emergency Management will monitor activities at a Level 2 activation.
The Code Compliance Department will have enhanced staffing to include foot patrols, ATVs and bicycle patrols in addition to proactive patrols citywide, including our dedicated Short-Term Rental (STR) team. Coverage at the Miami Beach Marina will be increased to seven days with 12-hour shifts. Teams will also be conducting outreach to nightclub owners to remind them of regulations on promoted and self-promoted events. Scooter shops will also receive outreach visits regarding scooter regulations. The City’s Noise Ordinance will be aggressively enforced subject to provisions in any Conditional Use Permits or Temporary Injunctions.
Transportation and Mobility:
Transportation and Mobility Department staff will monitor throughout each weekend traffic flows and provide timely traffic updates. They will work with the Police Department and Office of Marketing & Communications to help manage congestion and disseminate information on major traffic incidents throughout the City.
Additionally, the City’s traffic monitoring and management contractor will monitor major thoroughfares to detect incidents creating congestion using available resources and equipment, including existing closed-circuit television and portable cameras in the city, the WAZE mobile application, programming portable variable message signs for traffic/event messaging, and modifying traffic signal timing as necessary to help manage congestion. Traffic Monitors will operate at an enhanced level of service, 16 hours a day, from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. from March 7-11 and March 14-17. Beyond those dates and times, the traffic monitoring services will continue from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day during the high-impact period.
Traffic monitoring personnel will be located at the Miami Beach Traffic Management Center (TMC) co-located at the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) TMC. The City’s traffic monitors will coordinate with FDOT TMC staff on any incidents affecting traffic flow along the causeways to promptly dispatch Road Rangers and program real-time traffic messages on the overhead digital message boards on I-95, State Road 836 / I-395 / MacArthur Causeway, and State Road 112 / I-195 / Julia Tuttle Causeway.
Parks and Recreation Department:
Miami Beach Park Rangers, maintenance and janitorial staff will have expanded service hours and increased personnel assignments. The core areas of focus will be the Lummus Park/South Pointe Park corridor, Ocean Drive and the Beachwalk south of 21 Street. Park Rangers will provide assistance on the beach as needed along with enforcement partners (MBPD, Ocean Rescue, Code, etc.).
Sanitation will have enhanced staffing each Thursday through Sunday in March, with additional pressure washing and mobile street sweeping being conducted on weekends as needed. In coordination with Miami-Dade County, Sanitation staff will also be assisting in shoreline cleanups each Thursday through Sunday during the Spring Break period.
Miami Beach Trolley:
The Miami Beach free citywide trolley service will operate an enhanced service, with one additional vehicle operating on the South Beach Loops A and B and two additional vehicles operating on the Collins Express (for a total of four additional vehicles in service). The enhanced trolley service will run from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. from March 8-11 and March 15-17.
Effective January 1, 2023, the City of Miami Beach has banned cigarette smoking and other tobacco products from public beaches and parks as per Ordinance 2022-4509. Fines range from $100 - $500 or up to 60 days in jail.
Up to 98% of cigarette filters are made of plastic fibers, which leads to an estimated 1.69 billion pounds of trash each year and each butt can take up to 10 years to disintegrate.
Let’s all do our part and keep our beautiful beaches clean!