We don't know a lot about the circumstances of the shooting or anything about the victim and whether he/she was part of the Urban Beach Weekend crowd, but the question that definitely deserves some discussion here at SFDB this morning is...
Should Urban Beach Weekend continue?
My answer: I think Urban Beach Weekend is roughly comparable to Bike Week in Daytona Beach in terms of the crowd that police have to handle and the uptick in crime stats that the community experiences during the event. I can almost betcha that there are some locals that leave the area during that week because of the mayhem.
Police have focused on dropping crime during Bike Week, cutting arrests from more than 500 in 2005, to 419 last year. Outlaws members have been accused of drug and weapons crimes, even murder and a firebombing in Florida in the 90s.But yet no one is calling for the end of Bike Week.
But for those who are saying enough is enough, tell me, how do you keep Urban Beach Weekend from happening? People are going to continue to come whether it has a name or not.
Bottom line: The City of Miami Beach and its residents are going to have to learn to cope with it in whatever way they can.
-photo via Miami Beach 411