For months, Miami Beach has been locked in a contentious argument over Ocean Drive, with critics blasting sidewalk bars as sources of nonstop debauchery and crime. The Miami Beach City Commission even enacted a 2 a.m. ban on outdoor alcohol sales on Ocean Drive, with Mayor Philip Levine telling reporters: “We believe it’s one small step in a long journey to bringing back Ocean Drive to its iconic nature.”
Levine isn’t the first politician to try to win voters by cracking down on bars, though. In fact, a look back through Dade County’s liquor-soaked history reveals a treasure trove of notorious dives that were the bane of police and politicos for decades.
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