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Updated | Gay activist Herb Sosa: South Beach a 'war zone;' demands end to Urban Weekend (with video)

Update (9:41 p.m. June 1, 2011)

BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com

Since Monday, about a half-million Gay South Florida readers have viewed Herb Sosa's open letter to Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower, the Beach commission and "concerned citizens" about Urban Weekend.

Sosa says he's shocked that the blog post went viral, thanks in great part to it being a lead story on The Drudge Report.

"It went crazy," Sosa said Tuesday morning. "People are pissed off. They're upset, What's the right way to take care of the city?"

Sosa, president of Unity Coalition, Miami-Dade County's leading Hispanic gay-rights group, said he's concerned some people have called him racist, after he demanded an end to Urban Weekend.

"It has nothing to do with racism," said Sosa, who lives in South Beach. "It's a lack of respect for the city they're visiting. It's as simple as that. This morning, there were six cars parked on my block with their mirrors ripped off, their antennas ripped off.

"The suggestion that this is a racist issue ... is absolutely ridiculous. If anything, the city of Miami Beach as been more than accommodating to Urban Weekend."

Sosa, an activist who once was executive director of Miami Design Preservation League and the Art Deco Weekend Festival, has asked residents to attend Wednesday's Miami Beach Commission meeting to voice their opinions about Urban Weekend.

He may not be there, however.

"This is not about me," Sosa said. "I'm not sure if I'm going to go the commission meeting or not. ... Yes, I'm passionate about this but it's not my sole cause."

Original post (10:04 May 30, 2011)

An open letter from activist Herb Sosa, who is president of Unity Coalition, Miami-Dade County's largest Hispanic gay-rights group:

Esteemed Miami Beach Mayor, Commissioners & concerned citizens.

Please view the attached YouTube video (one of many) already posted for the world to see, about Memorial/Urban Weekend 2011 in Miami Beach. http://youtu.be/cjxxGBJmOqQ

It shows our city as nothing short of a warzone - Filthy streets, a drive by shooting, multiple cars crashed in the process, and total chaos on the streets. This is unacceptable and must be controlled before we totally lose our city, tourism & residents. It is not limited to Ocean Drive or Collins - there isn't a residential street in South Beach not affected by tons of garbage, crime to our vehicles, excessive noise 24 hours a day, and simply a lack of respect for our community, citizens & property. THIS is the image the world see of our "American Riviera".

When did perceived political or social correctness override the safety & well-being of a community? This is not a race, economic or ethnic issue, it is an issue of visitors who have a total lack of respect for our community, its property & citizens. I know hotel rooms are filled, but at what price and for how long? How many events, meetings, conventions & vacations have been CANCEELLED because of this nightmare we endure each Memorial Day? Almost everyone who lives her that I know, get out of Miami Beach for Memorial Day - including many of you - because of this unruly & dangerous mob that we seem to invite back every year and turn a blind eye to the irreparable damage they leave behind.

If this was PRIDE weekend, The Boat Show, Fashion Week or Art Deco Weekend - would we allow this to go on each year? I am certain that if the real numbers of cost & crime are compared with like events we host throughout the year - Memorial/Urban Weekend is tenfold the headache, cost & damage of any of them. IS IT ALL WORTH IT FOR OUR CITY MANAGEMENT?

I am not willing to wait another year to see how many more people will be killed; how many more hotel rooms will be trashed; how many more cars & homes will be broken into; how many more residents need to leave in fear of hide in their homes for their safety; how much more police, fire rescue, sanitation & additional security dollars need to be spent to try & keep our city safe & livable for all each Memorial Weekend? - a Hell of a way for Miami Beach to honor our soldiers. Every resident & voter I speak to mentions Memorial/Urban Weekend as one of the top major problems our city has, when considering elections & our leaders - PLEASE TAKE NOTE, make the difficult but correct decision to put an end to Urban Weekend in Miami Beach and help us SAVE OUR CITY. We are not Disney or Universal. We cannot close a gate at night & go home. We ARE home, and inviting & accommodating the world to come and share our paradise - not destroy it and hold us hostage in the process. Unruly and unlawful visitors are NOT WELCOME in Miami Beach.

Respectfully,

Herb Sosa

Miami Beach, Florida

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Clearly I agree with those that say this isn't about race, sexuality, whatever, it's about respect for each other and your (other's) community. Who are you crazy people that suggest "if you don't like your town being invaded, stay home." What kind of respect do you have for yourself and your neighbors? Violence should never be tolerated, and any event that attracts any additional violence to your neighborhood should be protested loud and clear.

The decay of western civilization. This is what happens when you don't deport illegal immigrants and you celebrate homosexuality. No one cares about the rule of law any more. No one cares about right or wrong. Everyone's just out for their own pleasure. You wouldn't have seen a city like this anywhere in America 100 years ago when Americans still had morals and values.

Listening to rap, letting illegals flood America, and celebrating sinners leads to this.

Urban Weekend will go the way of Spring Break in Ft.Lauderale. Back in the 60's it went from good clean fun to stupid drunken riot and the city shut it down.
The same will happen here.

@ miamii7424 and others, this has NOTHING to do with Herb Sosa being a racist!

It has to do with a group of people behaving in an inappropriate and often dangerous manner, destroying private property and often being a threat to themselves and the people around them.

The color of their skin is irrelevant. If they were GREEN their behavior would still be unacceptable. Unfortunately, as in most cases, the many good people in any group are often smeared by the bad ones.

As someone who has known Herb personally for over 30 years, I can assure you that he is NOT a racist. When I met him all those years ago, he was in a long-term relationship with a black man from Jamaica.

Herb is very dedicated to the gay community among other causes and for you to suggest that he is racist and you "no longer support" him smacks of ignorance on your part.

Shame on you!

Hmm.. So how is Miami Beach supposed to bar the "Hip Hop/Urban what ever you call them crowd from the coming across the causeway? Put up signs saying "No Blacks Allowed? Do you tell Resturants and bars not to serve the darkies?
Miami and Miami Beach has become a destination for Black people to enjoy their Memorial Day weekend as Miami and the Beach has grown into a vibrant music city. Yes it has become sort of a Marti Gras for the "Urban Culture" and it will be difficult to just tell them not to come anymore. Anything Miami Beach does to try to stop black people from coming to Miami Beach will be met by calls of racism and rightfully so. Yes the city is " taken over by the darker croud but not all of the people attending are trouble makers. Some people charge that the people that attend are littering but as in any event it is up to the city to have people cleaning up as they do for other events in the city. As for the crime Miami Beach Police should ask New York City police for ways to handle crowds. I am a Miami Beach Resident and during Memorial Day weekend I stay at home or find another destination to party as I have many other weekends to enjoy a tranquil Always safe Miami Beach (Ha!).

Hahahahahaha!! This is Freaknik!! We (smartly) kicked it out of Atlanta, and it just moved to SB, and you dolts welcomed it. Um, there's a reason we kicked it out, and wouldn't let it come back when they tried to call it something else, or a smaller version. Come on guys, think! ATLANTA kicked them out!

And yes, if they tried to put a stop to the gay "pride" parade, you'd be screaming "discrimination!" as fast as you could.

I agree, it should be kicked out (again). But seriously, you guys, and us as a nation, seriously need to address the REAL issues here. And that is the so called "culture" that allows, and even promotes this sort of thing.

But as soon as you do that, they scream "Racism!!" and everybody suddenly backs down. (say, that's EXACTLY what happens when some guy named George Michael's gets busted having gay sex with a homeless guy in the bushes in London! He whined about it being "our culture!" and everybody backed down, and he's still in the bushes!)

So, until you're all ready to act like adults and address the real issues, and that is MORALITY, and DO something about it, this is what you'll get.

And by morality, I mean, if *I*, as a straight white male, tried to put on a "white pride" parade, doing the same stuff that goes on in a "gay pride" parade in SanFran, I'd be busted for obscenity.

So that means this is a TWO WAY STREET. And until you're adult enough to address this issues, you can expect a LOT more of this. Welcome to it!

(and you know, the root cause of almost ALL of America's issues, is liberalism. Drugs, crime, disrespect, education etc.... all of it is due to liberalism, plain and simple)

We drove these people out of Atlanta when the party was called Freaknik by creating no cruising zones and blocking off most major streets People called us racists but we solved the problem after a couple of years

Miami / South beach is a Ghetto , normal families would not and do not attempt to live here. Yes some rich folks do live here in seclusion. Please do yourself a favor visit another state, this state is getting worse and worse.

It's funny how local residents cry about a lack of respect for Memorial Day, but cowardly leave town, stay in their homes instead of organizing events on Miami Beach to honor the holiday. No parades, no floats, no marching bands, no speeches honoring present and past veterans, just a bunch of whining because they chose to live in a transient area of the county.

And shame on the Herald for not covering any Miami-Dade communities that did plan and hold a respectful ceremony.

Herb Sosa, Thank you for posting your thoughts, Maybe after they get rid of the Dark people they can get rid of the hispanic festivals because they make trouble too, then finally the Gay pride parades and such as they violate indecency laws too.. Heck Why not just turn the clock back to when Black people were not allowed to be in Miami Beach After Dark, Sort of like Aventura today.

Virginia Beach, Virginia use to entertain Greekfest, a gathering of students from black colleges. It turned into the same thing South Beach is facing now. Riots broke out and the city finally said, enough, and it was cancelled. Sadly it was not the students from the colleges that were the problem, but the 10% of thugs and low lifes that followed that life styles of thuggery. Virginia Beach finally decided that the safety of their law abiding citizens was not worth the dollars the event supposedly brought in. Its time for South Beach to do the same.

Dear Mayor and Commissioners,

I would like to suggest that the City take control of Memorial Day Weekend by reserving that weekend next year for the:

Miami Beach Jazz and Cultural Arts Festival

I have looked over the yearly calendar and this weekend seems to the most appropriate long weekend available.

Additionally, it will serve to continue our tradition of celebrating Memorial Day Weekend with music created by African-Americans*.

*Memorial Day Weekend was first honored on May 1, 1865 by African-Americans, many of them freed slaves, who gave fallen Union soldiers a proper burial, without regard for race.

I hope you agree it’s time for change.

As you know, this weekend’s shooting and death is somewhat of annual occurrence here for Memorial Day Weekend. In fact, it is now predictable, as each year we arm our MB police officers with assault rifles and barricade our streets because we expect it.

Yet, even with all that fire power, we must still hire unknown officers from other Cities to help protect us, like paid mercenaries, with only the National Guard as a reserve option.

The result is a temporary police state where conflicts occur, and bus-loads are arrested, the expected result of pitting two self-defensive groups against each other: tense police and partiers.

Meanwhile, there are so many people here that even with this army of police we cannot enforce our City codes, our traffic laws, protect our residents, and maintain peace and quiet.

I doubt we can even enforce 1% of the code/law violations in this City during the weekend. What does that mean?

It means during Memorial Day Weekend the City is out of our control.

In fact, the only reason we manage to escape the weekend with so few tragedies is because 99% of the weekenders are good people, evidence that race has nothing to do with the problems that occur this weekend.

We simply cannot accommodate 300,000 + partiers, along with hundreds of armed officers, some of whom (partiers and police) are prone to violence, and ensure that many innocent people won’t be robbed, assaulted, improperly arrested, or even shot by stray bullets while our residents flee the City.

By now, you’ve probably seen the video online where police opened fire this morning and sprayed a black car with a hail of bullets; I’ve watched it several times, but I can’t figure out what happened or if it was necessary.

In fact, we may never know what prompted police to riddle the car with bullets, but we do know that at some point this morning an innocent woman was hit by a stray bullet from police.

And when police are shooting innocent, unarmed visitors to our City BY ACCIDENT, it means, again, that the situation has gotten out of control.

Can we really afford to risk more human suffering, legal expenses for the City, and injury to our City’s tourist image? Have you read the comments online on various websites?

e.g. of comment:

My wife and I took our brand new car to Miami on a little road trip. No one told me this event was going on. We would have left, but we could not get our deposit back. Unfortunately, the criminal thugs vandalized our car. Dents in the front and back where the Audi insignias are so you know it was purposeful. I will NEVER go back to Miami. Not sure what happpened, but it is a dirty ghetto now. Not at all what I remember as a kid.
Posted by: Will Roberts | May 30, 2011 at 12:03 PM
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Some people say we have to allow the status quo to continue because it’s about freedom, but I would hate to think that the people who die each Memorial Day Weekend on our streets are dying to preserve freedom…

Or that the innocent bystanders shot by our police are a necessary casualty of preserving freedom.

And let’s stop and think about freedom…

What freedom are we protecting here?

Surely, in a City where we can ban alcohol from strip clubs or prevent snow birds from renting homes for a few months on Star Island, we can do something to improve Memorial Day Weekend for residents.

The links between alcohol and nude dancing causing social problems are tenuous, and the likelihood snowbirds will disrupt anyone is more remote, but, even without evidence, the City is confident in their legal right to prohibit these types of activities from occurring in our City.

It’s not about freedom, the City says, it’s about protecting residents.

Well, here, we have proof. We have a decade of evidence that 300,000+ young people, alcohol, cruising, and a music festival in our streets leads to social disorder, massive violation of our City Codes, violence, death, and a very costly police presence and post-event clean-up.

Every year we have special events, and yet this weekend is different. As a result, we now have a decade of documented evidence that this event leads to:

violence, death, littering, robbery, noise violations (screaming, fighting, blasting car horns, house-shaking car stereo music all night on our residential streets), scooters breaking traffic laws, broken glass everywhere, sexual and/or physically assaults, etc..

And, each year we allow this to continue because it might be hard to prevent it, legally, and it’s hard to speak out against it because of false cries of racism, and, because, simply …

The City can’t close Miami Beach.

But, this is not Woodstock in 1969. This isn’t a music festival for peace-loving hippies trashing a remote farm on the outskirts of a farm town; it’s an event on the same scale, with sometimes violent music, that attracts armed gunmen, on our streets and in our neighborhoods.

Imagine if the City hosted a Bike Weekend for 300,000 motorcycle enthusiasts and several thousand Hell’s Angels showed up, drove on our lawns, and got into fights and shootouts with rival bike gangs and police, tearing up our restaurants, bars, and stores, etc., EVERY YEAR.

I suspect the City would find a way to shut it down.

I respect that the City has tolerated this event for so many years, and done it’s best to protect us, but this event has proven to be too large for us to control.

This issue has nothing to do with race; we have proven that year after year by accommodating it at our expense.

This issue has to do with too many people, too much alcohol, a younger-age set that is proportionally less respectful of noise and trash laws, and a small violent sub-culture who shows up each year armed with deadly weapons...

AND the resulting tension with the police hired out of necessity to maintain order.

It is “spring break” multiplied by 10, in all respects, plus a gang element. Do you wonder why some restaurants and stores prefer to close for the weekend and lose revenue?

I realize that we cannot follow suit and close the City and the causeways, or hire TSA to frisk everyone at check-points, however, I think that you must have at your disposal the means to approve or reject special event permits.

And, certainly, we could reserve event spaces for the City’s uses, in advance, and work with night clubs, our Jackie Gleason and other theaters, the New World Symphony, hotels, etc., to create an alternative event for that weekend.

This is our City, and it's our weekend.

We deserve something more respectful, and more adult.

Private facilities can choose who they rent to, and we can choose how we want to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend.

I propose the Miami Beach Jazz and Cultural Arts Festival simply because this City has long been missing a jazz festival, even though we have ample talent in the area, the ability to attract national talent, accommodate visitors, etc..

And, surely, if Wynton Marsalis, BB King, and other usual headliners of other city jazz festivals were to grace our event, the few critics who would complain that our distaste for trash, violence, etc. is racist would be quieted and would reveal their own projected bias.

We could even have a small number of venues for hip-hop oriented music, but I think it is time that we, as a City, stop or scale back an event that requires filling our streets with hundreds of officers armed with pistols and mace and assault rifles in order to maintain order for a national holiday weekend.

Instead of trying to police the weekend, I ask that we simply change our “tune”, mellow it out with some jazz, and keep our City open to those who may want to visit.

Sincerely,
Aaron Sugarman

http://unamusementpark.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/flyer1_crime.jpg

Look hippies, the world does not conform to your ideology.

Blame public schools for not teaching basic comportment. The educational system and allowing people to raise families on welfare are to blame for this. It's pathetic and an embarrasment to Black folk who are doing the right thing. The fact is though, white kids finance hip hop. I personally do not know any black people that buy hip hop.

wonder why my previous post was deleted!

why would you not delete this post:

Posted by: JM in San Diego CA | May 30, 2011 at 02:44 PM

this is LAME.... someone is sitting there deleting posts that they don't like as they are posted, but leaving other crappy posts.

I live on Ocean Drive and 15th Street. I work and live here year round have been on the beach since 1988. I have a business here and love our nightlife, parks, museums and community. Every year, I flee South Beach with my family for Urban Week and close my for 4 days. I leave on Friday morning and return late Monday, sometimes early Tuesday morning. The disregard that this tourist group has for our community is disgusting, disheartening and sad. As a Miami Beach voter and high profile resident and business owner, I demand that Urban Week come to an end. It is not fair to me that I am forced to leave my home because for fear of violence to family.

Lets just do what Daytona Beach did when BLACKS & WHITES & ASIANS & HISPANICS were destroying their city during Spring Break.

They came out and announced Daytona Beach did not welcome that type of BUSINESS.

That is not the business they want as a community, and that is just what South Beach is - a community that is fed up.
The boat show deco weekend , gay pride , art basel , winter music conference and on and on all peaceful events and not one is geared toward a particular race .

STOP DRAGGING RACE INTO THIS.

Well, ask yourself this - when was the last festival or event where hispanics or whites acted like this?

That's right - you don't know. Because it doesn't happen. Hispanics and whites have a culture that does not give a wink and a nod to this kind of behavior - blacks do. It's not racist, it's FACT.

Race is definitely a factor. Hispanics and Blacks destroy every community where they are the majority. White people move out of areas like this, because white families want good schools and safe, clean neighborhoods. The shooting was done by either Blacks or Hispanics. Growing up in my all white neighborhood, ranked in the top 10 safest cities in the US, there was never a murder, home break-in, carjacking, no shootings or stabbings at school, no drugs unless you went looking for them, no gangs, and the streets were safe on Saturday nights. Mostly black Detroit, a few miles away, was called the Murder Capital of the US.

This can be summed up in 3 words:

Fatherless welfare garbage.

Questions?

Talk to the former mayor of Atlanta that had to BAN Freakweek because of the animals... and he's black.

I can only imagine the wailing and gnashing of teeth if he were a white conservative republican.

He would've been vilified by the very same gays in South Beach now begging for relief from the savages.

How about Obama why doesn't he come to the rescue I'm sure 99% of the gays in SOBE voted for him.

He has a great record dealing with black violence, let's see his senatorial district had one of the highest gun violence, murder rates, rape rates, drug rates, drop out rates, venereal disease rates, and teen pregnancy rates rates in the country!

There's your man boyz go get him!

Obama has commented on the run amok violence he doesn't know the facts but he's said, "I'm sure we can all agree... the police acted stupidly in this case".

I live in the Roney Palace and been an owner
Since 1999 and i witnessed living in Philadelphia
"Greek Week "and how that resembles the
Same thing we are facing here.. After attempts
To try to give these people a 2 nd and 3 rd chance
The mayor and city had a enough.. We had Rape , Murder
strong arm. The city contacted the organization
That sponsored it and told them " Don't Come Back!!
Philly haven't seen them since.. People somebody
Is sponsoring this!! Get to them Herb!!

uh-oh the DrudgeTards are here!

Just sick and tired of this nonsense.and what
I like is you phony liberals , complaining..Now
You are starting to learn.. And there is nothing
Wrong with Hispanics. I never , ever see them
Getting like this.. Whether they sre Cuban, Brazilan,
Argentinean, Columbian or whatever.. These people
Are not a problem..

Those savages ruin everything they touch. Uncivilized animals.

when is the public rally outside city hall? I know every single resident in my building will gladly attend a rally to stop this madness...

The liberal welfare system and the fatherless society it has created begins to bear it fruit.

"When did perceived political or social correctness override the safety & well-being of a community?"

Answer: When "diversity" became synonymous with tolerating savages. Dear Stupid Sir: since when on this earth did not people get EXACTLY the degree of crime they were willing to tolerate?

There were some nice lookin black men and nice lookin cars..........

I live i a small north Florida town, and we enjoyed the water, food, and family for the weekend. I promise you this, if you ever bring this type of behavior to our neck of tne woods, it won't last long.

Evil prevail when good men do nothing.

Myself and plenty of good hard working men like me would shut down those crooks down fast. Plus, our sheriff would too.

I don't understand why cities like miami put up with the thugs.

Not enough men act like men, that is the problem. Those thugs think they are tough with their cursing and carrying on? Tough is supporting your family, working hard from sun up to sunset, and standing up for whats right.

Tough is not shooting a gun to hurt the innocent. I can hit a deer from 100 yards, then skin him and feed my family for months. I can handle a gun, a knife, and
I can fish and make my own food. I treat strangers good....

But, you come my way and try to hurt my friends, family or kind...and you will see what a smart, hard working country boy can do.....and yes, we got black country folk too. I like mexicans, and most are hard working honest people. Thugs come in all colors, but some colors have more than others.

This is not about white and black it is about good and evil. The people killing, fighting, and acting like animals are simply evil.

I think some of the posters migjt do best to apologize to the decent blacks and hipanics they insulted here. Good comes in all colors too.

Evil would love to make this a race issue. But it is not, it iis a good and evil issue.


Memorial Day 2001 the city is caught off guard by the influx of black tourists as a result of radio promotions announced throughout the country.

Memorial Day 2002, the city overcompensates with a strong police presence and is now labeled racist.

Miami Beach offers a $10MM handout (or a shakedown) to Peebles to open his hotel the Royal Crowne Plaza on 15th and Collins to end the black boycott.

Essentially the city solved the problem in 2002. Political correctness brought it back to life and made it worse.

Google Peebles and Memorial Day weekend for more info.

Btw: I grew up in Miami, have seen this evolve over the years as a camera for various outlets. I'm also Colombian, which makes me one of those dirty hispanics referred to in the many comments above as a group largely responsible for this chaos.

All I can say to that is, Miami is largely hispanic and I don't see this behavior happening any other time throughout the year other than Memorial Day and St. Patrick's Day. :p

YES YES ENOUGH WITH THIS ABSURD VULGAR VIOLENT WEEKEND!

Still not as bad as St Thomas, USVI!

The only people who have dragged race into this are the Blacks who have brought their guns and violence, their intolerance of others' rights to live a decent life. The only way to stop it is to run them out of town and run elected officials who tolerate them out of office.

I am saddened and discouraged by the content of this article and the comments that followed it. If everyone in the world thought the same way Herb Sosa and Co. did, then NO ONE would have any rights! Including the LGTB community. You may have forgotten now that you live in a semi-posh area like SOBE that once upon a time you were once called "savages", "animals", "sexual deviants", and "abominations". All disgusting terms! I am a Miami native. I am thankful that I have had the privilege of being exposed to all types of people and economic situations.
What you are doing by writing this letter is dividing instead of uniting. Whatever happened to working together to make a difference? To finding solutions instead of presenting problems? How about treating everyone equally?
I do not go to South Beach. When I want to enjoy the beaches of South Florida, I go to my favorite beach- Hallandale Beach. You know why? For the past five years it is almost impossible to find parking on South Beach ANY DAY of the year! Not just on "Memorial/Urban Weekend".
Today when I went to my favorite beach in Hallandale, I noticed that there were water bottles and juice boxes strewn about. Several tourists that were in town for the holiday ran by and sprinkled me with water and sand. Another lady shook her towel right over my head. My friend and I had a realistic solution. It would be very useful to create a flyer with proper beach etiquette so that people will know how to act at the beach. You know, there are people who come to South Florida to see the beach for the first time. Something that most South Floridians take for granted.
Get involved! Go to your town hall meetings and work on finding solutions. Be a part of the solution, not the problem. At some point or another, WE have all been discriminated against. I can totally remember a time when people refused to go to South Beach because of "those gays".
You are doing the exact same thing to people who come here once a year to spend their money and experience what the media and our very own State advertises.
I would like to see some figures. I'm really interested to know just how much money goes back to your community as a result of this one weekend.
Kindness, compassion, and tolerance = LOVE
Try to find something GOOD about every person and situation you encounter :)

Sincerely,
Denise Martinez
Miami, FL

This is not an issue of race, it is an issue of crime and violence. Miami Beach must stop this "Urban Week-end" because of the chaos it brings. The city of Atlanta kicked them out, and Atlanta's Mayor and many politicians are blacks. Law abiding, hard-working blacks. Miami Beach would not be the first city to stop a yearly event that wreaks havoc. I like the idea someone posted of making it a Jazz Festival week-end.

I thought if we elected Obama this would stop, it has only gotten a LOT worse.

Wow and just after record breaking year of tourist dollars, mainly from Brazil. Shame on Miami and South Beach government administrators for not doing their jobs! They need cops to do their jobs in these communities not just look as hot chicks and goof off. Miami is dangerous and I feel for cops their but this situation needs cops to step up and take charge! If not you then who? Protest lazy government folks before it fails not after.

"uh-oh the DrudgeTards are here!"

Then bend over and make them welcome!

"Talk to the former mayor of Atlanta that had to BAN Freakweek"

And the dim-tards still showed up.. remember the shirts..? "They told us not to come.. but we here anyway!!"

"This can be summed up in 3 words:

Fatherless welfare garbage."

My follow up in 3 words..

YOU DAMNED RIGHT!!

"STOP DRAGGING RACE INTO THIS.

Posted by: common sense"

Normally I would agree.. but in this case.. YOU CANT.. there's only one race doing this crap and one race responsible..and it's not "The Human race" for you smarties out there..

Thank you for posting such a concise and accurate letter. I intend to copy and send to all my friends and send it on to the Mayor and commissioners.

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