Ocean Drive hotels and cafés sue city of Miami Beach over liquor sales

Mango's Tropical Cafe and 13 other Ocean Drive businesses are seeking to repeal a referendum scheduled for November

TRD MIAMI /
Aug.August 03, 2017 02:15 PM

Ocean Drive in Miami Beach

Ocean Drive hotels and cafés are fighting back against a Miami Beach referendum that could potentially prevent outdoor venues on the touristy strip from selling alcohol after 2 a.m.

Mango’s Tropical Cafe and 13 other Ocean Drive businesses recently filed suit in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, alleging that the city of Miami Beach’s referendum scheduled for November is invalid and seeking to repeal it, according to Local 10 News.

Christina White, the county’s supervisor, and Miami Beach are both named in the suit.

In June, the Miami Beach City Commission voted unanimously to let voters decide on a November 7 ballot whether outdoor venues on Ocean Drive should stop selling alcohol at 2 a.m. instead of the current cutoff time of 5 a.m. Venues that are completely enclosed or that are located entirely within hotels would not be affected.

Mayor Philip Levine proposed the idea following some fatal shootings during Memorial Weekend, claiming the popular strip is too loud and rowdy and contributes to increased crime.

But some local businesses argue the restriction on liquor sales could have an outsized impact the city’s bottom line. Hotels and cafes and restaurants between 5th and 15th street on Ocean Drive filing suit include The Carlyle, The Park Central Café and The Pelican Cafe. [Local 10] – Amanda Rabines 

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the Park Central hotel is suing the city. The Park Central Café, which has a different owner, is among the businesses suing the city. 


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
2965 West Corporate Lakes Boulevard and Black Creek Group CEO Raj Dhanda (Credit: Google Maps, Blue Vault)

TIAA sells Weston warehouse for $33M

Lake that Lake Sana Developments wants to partially fill

Northwest Dade property owner seeking to fill lake gets denied — again

Daily Digest Miami

Moishe Mana sells Hibiscus Island home for $12M, CitizenM scores $48M loan to build Brickell hotel

The front entrance of the Seybold building at 36 N.E. First Street

Diamonds aren’t forever: Seybold Building jeweler claims owner won’t relocate his store

Glenn Straub and the Palm House Hotel

Glenn Straub loses appeal on Palm House sale

Monty’s Miami Beach

Suntex Marinas is trying to evict Monty’s from Miami Beach property

Dean Trantalis, Ken Valach, and a Alexan Tarpon River rendering

Fort Lauderdale scores victory in legal battle against Trammell Crow

Set Midtown rendering

Brickell Construction sues for $1.2M in work at project near Midtown Miami

arrow_forward_ios
Loading...