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Miami’s South Beach faces hotel eatery seating limits

Miami’s South Beach faces hotel eatery seating limits

MIAMI — New restaurants and bars in one of Miami Beach’s South Beach neighborhoods could soon face limits on their seating capacity, according to reports indicating that the city’s planning board had approved a measure that would base the maximum seat count of a restaurant or bar in South Pointe on the capacity of the hotel or apartment building that houses it.

If the establishment opens in a property with 100 residential or lodging units, it would be limited to 100 seats, with an overall occupancy limit of 150 patrons.

The board approved the proposal by a 6-0 vote, with provisions for exceptions. Ratification by the City Commission is required before the measure can be enacted.

Activists in South Pointe, a neighborhood south of Fifth Street, said the vote would cut down on noise and disorderly conduct in the neighborhood. However, developers disparaged the measure as a hindrance to serving customers.

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