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“This place [Ocean Drive] has turned into a very challenging area that requires a tremendous amount of our police resources to enforce and create safety. We’ve had this conversation many, many times. It’s turning into a Bourbon Street. It’s turning into a terrible place that’s become a blight, a cancer that spreads to our entire city.” — Mayor Philip Levine, Miami Herald, April 15, 2015
"Miami Beach is a safe and great place. Welcome and have a great time here. We ask that all our visitors have a great time and be responsible. Enjoy our beaches, our scenic views and our world-class nightlife. We ask that you please respect the scene." — Miami Beach Police Chief Dan Oates, March 12, 2016
Miami Beach police investigating 2 shootings, 1 killed. At least 7 arrested after parties on beach — Local 10.com, March 13, 2016
Two shootings on Miami Beach last night, with one dead.
I wonder what our elected officials have to say? Let's find out.
Commissioner Michael Grieco's last Facebook post was yesterday when he was picking up beach litter ... so no statement yet.
Ditto for Commissioner Ricky Arriola, who was posting comments like this on Facebook yesterday when everything was "cool" and "tame" ...
Well, surely Miami Beach's hands-on millionaire populist Mayor Philip Levine has something to say.
After all, he's the one who last year said that a 2 a.m. ban on outdoor alcohol sales on Ocean Drive would help eliminate crime.
Let's check in with him .....
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Okay, so he was busy with Hillary.
But maybe he had something to say on FOX News this morning about maintaining the peace, order and safety for all Miami Beach residents.
Oh, well, wrong again. The Mayor, it appears, is more concerned with appearing on FOX News every five minutes to talk about Hillary.
Oh, wait....Mayor Levine has just released this statement. Let's go to him, now....