Miami Beach Activist Blasts Proposal to Legalize Booze on Beach UPDATED

Today, Miami Beach city commissioners are considering a proposal to legalize drinking on the sand. But according to one local activist, the idea is idiotic.

"Nobody wants kids getting drunk on the beach," says South Beach gadfly Frank Del Vecchio. "They already throw bottles, vomit, and urinate all over the place. If this passes, we will be inundated!"

The former prosecutor provided this photo of SoBe's trash-strewn sands -- taken Monday -- as evidence.

UPDATE: Late last night, Interim City Manager Kathie Brooks asked that the proposal be deferred at the behest of the Greater Miami & the Beaches Hotel Association.

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