MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) — As a busy holiday weekend approaches Miami Beach later this month, leaders are focusing on preparation.
“When you have this many people, congestion becomes a problem and any mess can ripple out and create more chaos than we can handle,” Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said.
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During spring break, a series of shootings occurred in a few days on Ocean Drive.
“We try to schedule the city as much as we can now, I think we’ve felt that during Memorial Day we have the air and sea show, during spring break it’s a little more difficult because it’s is a whole month,” explained the mayor.
What no one wants to see again is another emergency curfew put in place.
“With the board, I hope we never have to go back to a state of emergency,” said Pierre Rutledge, chairman of the Miami-Dade County Black Affairs Advisory Council.
Leaders are now at the brainstorming table asking what is missing to ensure things go off without a hitch, helping to boost the local economy.
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“Bringing demographics to the table in the planning phase to make sure you have age-appropriate and demographic-appropriate entertainment,” Rutledge told CBS 4.
The council meets once a month and members reviewed several upcoming events in the county.
“We’re going to talk about merging and coming together with other events so that we can partner on a big event,” Rutledge explained.
In this approach, Ruttledge hopes to be proactive and promote inclusion in decision-making.
“It’s easy for us on this side of the island to come up with solutions and recommendations, but we want them to know that we’re going there Memorial Day weekend to help and support the ambassadors,” he said. added.
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The council will also formally send a letter of recommendations to the mayor of Miami Beach ahead of Memorial Day weekend.