Urban Beach Weekend: Luke wants the party

Luther "Luke" Campbell, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke announces plans to reclaim Memorial Day weekend in Miami Beach.

Six months ago, a young man died and seven people were injured, including three cops, in a police-involved shooting during Memorial Day weekend in Miami Beach. During the past decade, police have made 4,213 arrests during the three-day holiday, sending tourists to jail on charges ranging from drinking in public to carrying illegal firearms. More than 200 guns were seized between 2006 and 2008 alone.

So over the summer, I met with Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower about bringing some stability and organization to what has come to be known as Urban Beach Weekend. She's been catching a lot of flak from political opponents in the runup to the city's November elections. Her adversaries mistakenly believe Miami Beach can dictate who visits Ocean Drive, Washington Avenue, and Lincoln Road during a holiday. Pot-loving candidate Steve Berke even wants to offer veterans discounted rates at hotels, restaurants, and shops to encourage more servicepeople to visit our sunny shores. He thinks more vets, along with a new air-and-sea show, will discourage the so-called urban crowd from returning to Miami Beach for Memorial Day.

Berke doesn't realize that some African-Americans believe urban is just a nice way of calling someone the N-word. And his proposal sounds like a veiled attempt at selective segregation. No one in Miami Beach can figure out how to curtail the outrageous violence and vandalism that mars every Memorial Day without discriminating against black people.

Berke's plan certainly won't fly with Beach businesses that secretly enjoy the economic benefits from the predominantly African-American crowd during the slow summer months. Heck, there are some nightclubs and hotels that encourage a thug element because they know thugs spend money recklessly — buying five tables, each one with limitless bottles of Rozay and Cîroc.

Mayor Bower values my opinion. I consider Miami Beach a second home. I attended school there and owned Luke's, the first black-owned nightclub in the city. When I was making music videos, I introduced the world to our beautiful beaches. She recognizes my strong passion for Miami Beach.

When Bower and I spoke, she agreed to work with me to start a music festival like Umoja, which I created in 2002. Remember? That was when residents first complained about the unruly tourists who came down for Memorial Day festivities. Maybe Berke wants to join us in staging an event that both honors veterans and celebrates Miami Beach's diversity.

After all, who wouldn't support an all-inclusive, classy weekend that goes smoothly?

 
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SHARPTON_FATE
SHARPTON_FATE

people dont realize the fire power most south floridians have. honestly, im surprised something hasnt happend by now. maybe because its the beach, folks there tend to be a little diff say than the folks in sw miami, and what not. but guaranteed, with the current social and political climate those "urbanites" are gonna run up on the wrong person or group of people and it will get nasty. and luke, in the scheme of things, you really dont care about "your people". you enjoy confrontations, intimidation, and etc. i think the last i heard you lived in the country club of miami and sent your kids to a white christian school (dade christian), so we all know where truly your heart is at. when the proverbial sh** hits the fan, you will run and hide, but i hope you and those like you realize you were responsible for alot of it. more and more folks can care a less any more about PC, your feelings, and your contrived struggle. but be sure, sit tight, you will get the show you are looking for.

Ryan Smith
Ryan Smith

Steve Berke is the man for the job for Miami Beach. The current mayor Matti Bower has really put the city into a tailspin the past 5 years. Time for some new blood! Here is more on the NEXT mayor of Miami Beach, Steve Berke: http://wp.me/p1uuxm-1MA

Sobemichael
Sobemichael

if "Urban" is just another name for the N word, then why is it called "Urban Week"? and if just on average, arresting over 400 people per memorial day weekend ( 3 days), over 200 guns in 2-3 years then what is your suggestion dear Sir Luke to stop the so called discrimination? I admit, I am not a fan of Miami Beach Police, I think they in general are stuck up and think they are above the law at times.. but at certain times, can you blame them if they have to deal with over 4,213 arrests in 30 total days? ( 10 years x 3 days) ....... it would also be nice if the organization for the week got an actual "permit", just like everybody else who wants to throw a special event.. maybe if you got the proper permits and paid for your own security, then the city wouldnt be involved, right? problem solved... i think...

Pukesgospelisalie
Pukesgospelisalie

I have a suggestion Puke. Have a soupcooler contest to see who has the biggest and heaviest pair of suecers.. Now that I would pay to see. And I'm sure you would be in the finals!! What Puke? That bottom soupcooler of yours. Close to 3/4 pound?

Take that porch monkey, go wild weekend up to DC. We want South Beach back!! By we I mean South Florida long time residents.

Missamericabrown
Missamericabrown

I don't care to ever party on South Beach, truthfully Blacks need to boycott so called urban weekend. While racist biggots are referring to people as porch monkeys, about 300 new refugees probably just washed up on the shore ready to take your job. You mean to tell me you are not mayor of South Beach but Gozalez is. Speaking of monkeys, they are very hairy animals, take a look in the mirror. The history of Miami Beach is a racist one, but of course you have people that come here from other countries so they could care less about what the Beach was like in the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's. They just float over here on a Civil Rights ticket paid for by Black Americans. Now Yall have fun and party like a rock star at Urban Weekend because I would never spend a dime on the Beach. Besides I don't like the smell of wet dogs or wet chickens.

Meowwww<3
Meowwww<3

I wonder if he actually reads the comments. He might learn something about how Floridians ACTUALLY feel about this, not how he THINKS we feel.

Halbertport
Halbertport

CALLING ON ALL SOSUTH BEACH RESIDENTS.....LET'S CALL A REFERENDUM TO HAVE OUR VOICES HEARD CONCERNING THE END OF URBAN WEEKEND ...A.K.A.URBAN INSANITY. IT SEEM CLEAR THAT OUR COMMUNITY LEADERS, INCLUDING THE MAYOR MATTY BOWERS NEED HEARING AIDS SO THEY CAN HEAR WHAT RESIDENTS OF MIAMI BEACH HAVE BEEN SAYING ALL ALONG.... WE DO NOT WANT TO NEGOTIATE URBAN WEEKEND....WE WANT IT TERMINATED NOW ......PERIOD!

ru_awake
ru_awake

While it may take a referendum to get a mayor and commission deaf to resident outcry to listen, it is much easier to exercise our power through our vote on November 1st. Haven't the residents had enough??? Urban weekend is not the only problem. Corruption and mismanagement abound, from the police department, city manager's office, the mayor's international travel expenses, to the debacle at the convention center redevelopment. The mayor is unprepared and unable to deal with the city's problems and challenges. There is no vision or planning for the future. As she continues her self-servicing expensive befuddled mess, corruption abounds. Why do you think the police and fire divisions support and endorse her??? Because as she continues her befuddlement, they continue with their ways because NO ONE IS WATCHING!

ellister1
ellister1

Drunken, porno minded thugs are not sexy or classy and not welcome regardless of race.

smash44
smash44

Maybe they wouldn't have to discriminate against the sub-human nigs if they would act like civilized adults. What a pathetic worthless race.

Halbertport
Halbertport

Hey, Its always good to have a rowdy ill mannered rude and disrespectful party in someone else's backyard. most of those supporting the UrbanWeekend Madness do not live in South Beach . How conveeenient!!!! Maybe what we need to settle this Urban nonsense is to have a referendum and let the Miami Beach residents decide .

michael wind
michael wind

bring your cameras and film what everybody is doing,and send videos to the whole world....

Caroline Berndt
Caroline Berndt

I agree with you Luke in saying that there needs to be control over this weekend. However, I am not willing to say its about people being African American. The African American community should not stand for the behavior that persists within certain subsets of their culture (and the same goes with anyone's culture). I think diversity is about honoring your heritage, not in letting an infinite number of versions of that heritage muck it up. That being said, the people of Miami Beach (the tax payers) do have a right to say that this weekend either needs to reform itself in a severe way (not just have a few little meetings about it) or it needs to find a new venue. It gets completely out of control during that weekend on Sobe, and while it is not Ok to discriminate against people of any race, it is also not ok for people (whose race is completely incidental) to show up in your city and create public safety issues. Everyone should be held to the same standard, even people who default to the issue of race when concerns are raised. The police however, need to act with more discretion. They are apathetic towards the injustices of the community for the majority of the year, except of course for this one. I honestly feel that if I called 911, no one would show up.

miamibeachguy
miamibeachguy

hey uncle luke throw that party in your shitty neighborhood. The only racist people are the blacks for pull the race card. These guys come and trash and destroy our city. We are supposed to embrace this as some form of 'diversity'. Get a clue and throw this in your neighborhood asshole.

RHONDA
RHONDA

As usual their has to be an ignorant comment. First of all Mr. Luke doesnt live in a "shitty'' neighbor and neither do most blacks.If you get you facts straight you would know that most people that hang on the beach are black and latinos!

Pukesgospelisalie
Pukesgospelisalie

Right Rhonda. Most blacks live on Fisher Island, Palm and Hibiscus Island and most live on Star Island. The multitudes in Liberty City and Overtown are Swedes with dark tans.

miami beach resident
miami beach resident

Alex, this is not a latino issue. Why bring Latinos into it? Are you a bigot? A bigot is anyone who has to bring another group into the discussion to justify another group's behavior. We (Miami Beach) are in trouble if the Mayor is listening to someone like Luther Campbell. It always amazes me that the African American role model hyped in this newspaper is a person like him. His freedom of speech win was being able to use the F word and downgrading women. That is what we want children of all ages to do. The problem is not a black or white issue. The problem is violence. Find a solution for that.

Alex
Alex

i myself am latino. its not about bringing them in to it....its just latinos make up the largest demographic in so fla....that was my point...dont look at black white hispanic or asian...look for the a**holes

Alex
Alex

racism is obsolete..it doesnt work..a**holes come in every color and from every country...money is all green doesnt matter who spends it....cops on the beach see what they want to see...for every black, urban "thug" there is at least ten latino "thugs " doing the same thing. What the beach needs to do is start looking at what is actually happening around them and not focusing on one group waiting for them to f**k up.

Concerned independent
Concerned independent

maybe most of us don't think that's very important in the scheme of things.

maybe we don't think it's even a very nice thing at all

maybe they should reconsider their values

Pukesgospelisalie
Pukesgospelisalie

Puke, WTF are you rambling about? If your "Urban" homies wouldnt get out of hand, police wouldnt have to make that many arrests. Dont blame police Puke! Blame the misfits that get high and drunk and then think they can do as they please.

BTW Puke, How much do them soupcoolers of yours weigh?

Jlsteel74
Jlsteel74

Soupsoolers don't weigh as much as the confederate flag in your Mother/Sister/Girlfried's pocket

Pukesgospelisalie
Pukesgospelisalie

Fortunately jiggaboo, I hate rebels and rednecks too. How much do your coolers weigh mami?

 
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