South Beach 2 A.M. Booze Ban Has Been Deemed "Unlawful"


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A new Miami Beach law forcing dozens of South Beach clubs to end alcohol sales at 2 a.m. is “unlawful,” a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge ruled Monday, delivering a blow to the mayor’s fight against “hard partying.”

Circuit Judge Beatrice Butchko sided with the Clevelander hotel, which sued Miami Beach last month over the city’s recently imposed 2 a.m. last call in the South Beach entertainment district.

Kendall Coffey, the attorney representing the Clevelander in the case, told the Miami Herald that the 2 a.m. policy won't officially be revoked until he drafts an order for the city to review, which will then go to Butchko for approval.