Saturday, May 28, 2011

They said it

Quotes from Miami Herald reporter David Smiley's story on this year's Memorial Day Weekend on Miami Beach...

“There’s still a gulf between the crowd we’re attracting and the crowd we really want to attract and need for future business.”
-David Kelsey, president of the South Beach Hotel & Restaurant Association

“You hear all this rhetoric, but the people who are coming are buying plane tickets and hotel rooms. And they’re not 18 anymore. They’re 25, 30 and 35 years old.”
-Carlene Sawyer, former president of the Greater Miami chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union

“They’re making it seem as if it’s because of the hip-hop community and the shows, but all we’re doing is keeping people off the streets and having good, clean fun and entertainment. They’ve got it misconstrued.” -rapper Scott “Scotty Boi” Conille

“I would not want anyone that I know, a friend or visitor, to be outside on South Beach after 11 p.m. on this weekend because it is dangerous despite what seem[s] like thousands of police officers at every corner.” -Miami Beach Commissioner Ed Tobin

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