The South Beach hotel sued after the City of Miami Beach voted to roll back last call until 2 a.m.
The order is in. A South Florida judge has ruled the Clevelander on South Beach will be able to sell alcohol until 5 a.m.
According to the mayor, the move will help cut down on what he called disorder and crime.
“This little part of our city has become a magnet for disorder and crime, in part, because of the sort of entertainment-only atmosphere, party atmosphere. So that way we think to diminish that is to roll back liquor hours,” said Mayor Dan Gelber.
The city of Miami Beach has already filed it’s appeal, so the battle will continue at the appellate court level.
“Everyone starts getting drunk and everyone starts getting crazy, so it’s good to be at 2 a.m.,” said one tourist from Houston.
According to Kendall Coffey, the attorney representing the Clevelander, the decision will only impact the Clevelander.
Mayor Gelber seems to think otherwise.
There will be a referendum on the matter in November election where the voters could decide to restore the 5 a.m. last call.