on Wed May 02, 2012 10:20 am
Re: Miami Beach fortifying up for Memorial Day Weekend.
That's actually a little spooky that they're going that route. You could be commuting to and from the Beach for work and get nabbed just because you forgot to renew your plate or have some ticket from years ago you forgot about. Plus that does nothing about the crime rate on the beach since the problem children are all tourists and will be driving rental cars which get their tags auto-renewed every June and any tickets issued to those plates have a note on them that it's a rental car. Or they drive their own vehicles from out of state and I don't think this system connects to the DMVs of all 50 states.
Like Club Legend alludes to, the only thing that will actually work is good old-fashioned Officer Friendly police work. Have a police presence, yes, but this is one of the few remaining jobs where the human element still matters. A computer can't make a judgement call on a person smoking a joint.
As for the "snob" element? Maybe so. However, the Beach has successful parties and event weekends which make far more money than MDW. So that's the way they see it. If they don't want hip-hop weekend, WMC, or anything else for that matter, it's their choice. Just because it's a pretty beach destination doesn't give the tourists the right to fuck it up. MDW, Conference, or whatever, I agree 100%, that if you are a tourist, it doesn't give you the right to fuck up the environment for those who live there year-round.
Level, I know you're more than thrilled that MDW still goes on, since it's the weekend you get to thug it out, but the fact is, regardless of race, the crowd can be problematic, and I think the Beach residents have had enough. The MDW parties should probably consider going somewhere else at this point.
And yeah, if they don't show up, so what? The Beach thrived for a decade prior to the Memorial Day Weekend festivities, and will continue to do so if the hip-hop community goes somewhere else. Heck, just so you don't call the NAACP on my ass, WMC could leave too and the Beach would not suffer too much economically. One party weekend does not define South Beach. Someone leaves, someone else will come in to fill the void with something else. Tell your thug friends that, they're not critical to the Beach economy. I'll tell the dance crackheads just so we're all fair and you don't have Al Sharpton beating down my door.