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Miami Beach Announces Traffic Loops, Barricades, and Checkpoints for Memorial Day

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Despite decreased arrests yearly over the holiday weekend, despite a new police chief, and despite a recent racism scandal in the department, Miami Beach will once again turn itself into a mini police state during Memorial Day weekend. The traffic loops, barricades, and checkpoints will all return this year. 

Here's the rundown on the city's plans: 

  • Ocean Drive will be closed to cars from 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Collins and Washington avenues will function as a traffic loop from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Friday through Monday, with Collins handling northbound traffic and Washington serving southbound traffic. No street parking will be available from Fifth Street to Lincoln Road. 
  • Many areas will be closed except to residents, and they may be asked to show ID proving their Miami Beach residence; those areas include residential neighborhoods and parts of Alton Road. 
  • Barricades will be set up to keep visitors out of residential areas. 
  • The Venetian Causeway will be open only to residents. 
  • License plate scanners will be set up on the off-ramps of the Julia Tuttle and MacArthur causeways. 
  • DUI checkpoints will be set up on the causeways from 7 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Saturday. DUI saturation patrols will also be in full effect throughout the weekend. 

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