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Miami mulls liquor code changes to placate local condo owners

June 28, 2010 04:15PM

The city of Miami is caught in a balancing act as it attempts to appease both the partygoers flocking to the Park West neighborhood and the condo owners who have moved in on nearby Biscayne Boulevard over the past decade. Nearly 10 years ago, late Miami Commissioner Arthur Teele successfully lured both groups to the area with new developments, but now they’re butting heads as residents try to sleep amid boisterous — but extremely lucrative — events that often don’t begin until after midnight. That’s why the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance Review Committee has gone to work drafting an ordinance that is satisfactory to both the club owners and condo owners who invested in the neighborhood. The six-member committee will vote on roughly 150 amendments to the current liquor code over the next week. Those include limiting liquor sales, crowd control and soundproofing requirements. The proposals are expected to be finished this summer, after which they will be discussed by city commissioners. [Miami Herald]