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MIAMI BEACH – LAST CALL 2 A.M. DURING SPRING BREAK

MIAMI BEACH MAYOR – LAST CALL FOR ALCOHOL

GIN-300x199Spring break crowds & tourists may be in for a surprise when going for a drink after two a.m. throughout March. A 2 a.m. last call is what the Miami Beach Mayor is pushing for during spring break at popular places in & around Miami Beach. These areas would include hot spots like Ocean Drive & Collins Avenue among others. At present, last call for alcohol at Miami Beach pubs and bars stands at just before sunrise at 5 a.m. The 2 a.m. last call law will be voted upon this Wednesday and if passed, go into effect March 6th and last until March 23rd and apply to the sale of alcohol to be consumed at restaurants, outdoor cafes, bars, and clubs. The last call measures aim to lower the risk of incidents which may lead to aggressive or negligent behavior by the spring break festivity partakers. The proposed law is highly favored by Miami beach residents, who sometimes fall victim to the negligent behavior stemming from the irresponsible sale of alcohol to spring breakers. However, the 2 a.m. last call measure is somewhat frowned upon by Miami Beach businesses like hotels, bars, restaurants, and entertainment events. Operators and owners claim it hurts business and discourages tourism. At present, those wanting to purchase beer or wine at supermarkets and convenience shops can do so until 8 p.m. throughout the Miami Beach entertainment district. Many times it’s not bars and restaurants where rowdiness happens but rather at the beach when Spring Breakers take six packs and kegs to the sands by the breaking waves of Florida coast.

ALCOHOL AND PREMISES LIABILITY

The sale and consumption of alcohol at public establishments requires a certain degree of responsibility by the two parties involved in the drink: the consumer and the supplier. So, what happens if a bartender serves a customer a drink after last call? That all depends on what happens next and the condition of the customer at the time of the post last call drink. In scenario one, the customer leaves the establishment and drives safely home. In scenario two, the customer takes to the wheel and gets into an accident. The driver receives a DUI and says the last drink took place at 2:30 at a bar. Apart from the DUI, the collision cause injury to the other driver and passengers, as well as damage to both vehicles. The insurance providers of the accident victims and their personal injury lawyer will come after the legally drunk driver for compensation for injuries, damages, and losses. In this scenario, a personal injury lawyer is what the person that bought the drink after last call may need to save any assets they have left after an accident in Miami Beach.
Business operators selling alcohol in public spaces need to take legal measures to help safeguard against harmful acts that may come from negligent distribution and consumption of alcohol. Security and safety for customers and workers apply when troubles arise from irresponsible drinking which can lead to aggressive behavior and result in injury, damages or losses.

In Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm serves individuals that fall victim to negligence by business operators or insurance providers for compensation from injuries, damages or losses as a result of an accident in Miami Beach during Spring Break.

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