MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Miami Beach city commissioners have approved making changes to iconic Ocean Drive.

The Miami Herald ( reports that some of the plans approved by commissioners this week are already in motion to address security concerns along the oceanfront entertainment district.

New lighting is being installed, and businesses have hired more security. The city expects to have 12 new police officers patrolling the area by the summer. New cafe umbrella guidelines are being developed.

Commissioners plan to pass ordinances requiring businesses to clear their front sidewalks for pedestrians. They also want to prohibit new chain restaurants from moving into the area.

Voters will still see a ballot question in November about banning liquor sales on Ocean Drive after 2 a.m., but the commissioners’ plans have rendered that moot and the votes won’t count.

Information from: The Miami Herald,

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