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Cop shootout, race issues & garbage sully Miami Beach Memorial Day

For years, Miami Beach residents have not-so-silently resented the Memorial Day crowds that crowd the city and it's tough not to notice that many of the visitors are African-American -- or "urban," hence the politically correct nickname "Urban Weekend."

But the racial scab has been ripped off amid the garbage-lined streets that formed the backdrop of two shootings, one of which led to a dead suspect, three injured cops and four more wounded bystanders

Gay activist Herb Sosa penned a letter calling for an end to the mayhem of Urban Weekend. "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." The fact he said "race" and criticized Urban Weekend is an indication that race is an issue, considering he threw in this context: "If this was PRIDE weekend, The Boat Show, Fashion Week or Art Deco Weekend - would we allow this to go on each year."

This is the type of issue that could explode politically and become an issue in the tight Miami-Dade mayor's race.