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Fort Lauderdale’s Beach Place Could Be Put On A Curfew

Local authorities cite drugs and crime as reasons for the impending restrictions.

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Well known for its tourist shopping, cheap drinks, and cover bands, Fort Lauderdale's multi-level beachside entertainment center Beach Place, which houses restaurants like Hooters, Tequila Joe's and Fat Tuesday, is facing heavy restrictions from the city if it doesn't come up with a new security plan to curb drugs and crime. A city commission put the complex on notice last month, though officials missed the original December 4 deadline for the new plan. They have since filed for an extension, and say they can have a plan in place by this Friday. The commission will meet this Wednesday to decide on the extension.

According to the Sun Sentinel, if Beach Place isn't granted the extension, they could have their closing hours cut back from 4 a.m. to midnight, and curfews placed on how late bands can play. Beach Place has been under review for over a year by Fort Lauderdale's Nuisance Abatement Board, although local authorities report no incidents in the last 60 days. Regardless, one of the city's (albeit cheesy) institutions could soon see a huge hit in their late night traffic.
—Patrick Hieger