Miami Beach Has No Right to Shut Down Floatopia

Miami Beach has no right to ban events like Floatopia, Uncle Luke argues.EXPAND
Miami Beach has no right to ban events like Floatopia, Uncle Luke argues.
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Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Grieco recently cast a deciding vote against hosting Fidel Castro's Cuban consulate in Miami Beach.

Now Grieco is acting like a dictator himself.

Two weekends ago, the commissioner lost it over the giant mess left behind by people who participated in the annual Floatopia. In front of TV reporters, he declared the event would never return to the city.

"I don't know how 100,000 people can come out to my beach and just not take what they brought with them," Grieco told WPLG. "I have no interest in fixing this event."

Earth to Mikey: It's not your beach. The place belongs to the public. We pay taxes so the city can properly maintain it.

Grieco might as well change his last name to Castro. It's his job to make sure City Manager Jimmy Morales prepares for the onslaught of people. It's the city commission's job to make sure there's a budget for extra sanitation workers, police officers, and firefighters for these massive events.

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Grieco and the rest of the city commission certainly prepare for Memorial Day weekend. Miami Beach officials get so nervous that they bust out license-plate readers on the causeways, shut down residential streets, and bring in every available cop from other jurisdictions to deal with the black masses.

Yet somehow they were blindsided by a bunch of white people with floaties. Floatopia has been held in Miami Beach for at least the past three years.

Maybe Grieco is too busy with Facebook live videos to lead. He should be demanding to know why Morales didn't have additional cops and cleanup crews out there. Grieco should be calling for the city manager's firing. Even on slow weekends, trash cans on the beach are overflowing with garbage because no one empties them.

Instead, Grieco has the audacity to say a certain group of people can't use the public beach. That's bullshit. The commissioner better watch out. I'm gonna organize my own unsanctioned event on the sand. It's gonna be called "Blacktopia."

Follow Luke on Twitter: @unclelukereal1.

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