How Beach Place Can Stop Being a Nuisance

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Beach Place in Fort Lauderdale has gone through some type of reverse metamorphosis since its birth in 1996. What was once an oceanfront butterfly has crawled back into its cocoon, where it has been for the past decade, regressing into a fat, belligerent, alcoholic caterpillar.

It's official: Beach Place is a nuisance. And I'm not just saying that. It's legally official.

Beach Place has gone from upscale eateries to places that specialize in getting you fucked up, from high-end retail stores to vendors selling cheap plastic and neon.

What exactly was it that turned Beach Place from a tourist destination to a certified nuisance? Probably some concoction of alcohol and bad company, but the transformation doesn't have to be permanent. Maybe, with a little elbow grease and a couple of gallons of penicillin, just maybe, Beach Place can return to its former glory.

Here are a few suggestions how.

Use cups.
Stand outside of Beach Place for an hour and you'll see an endless drunken parade of people carrying fish bowls, long plastic tubes, buckets, and pretty much everything except your traditional cup.

If you serve people drinks in bowls and buckets, don't be surprised when they act like animals.

Get better security.
It's no secret that the bouncers of Fort Lauderdale Beach are about as esteemed as the seagulls that poop on them.

With assaults being one of the major problems that led to the nuisance cap Beach Place now wears, security no doubt needs to be tighter.

The cops were called to Beach Place more than 600 times in the past six months. It's safe to assume a healthy chunk of those were for brawls.

Here's some advice. When the guy with no shirt and four tribal tattoos ups his bro ratio to three per sentence, it's time to stop serving him. When he starts trying to borrow a cigarette from the cardboard cutout of Dan Marino in the corner of the bar, it's time to escort him out.

Class it up.
Back in the day, Beach Place had a Banana Republic. Today the only banana you'll find in Beach Place is being used as a bong in the parking garage by a group of high school juniors.

You can't take a step in Beach Place without seeing something obnoxious written on a tank top.

Just because people visit Beach Place to party doesn't mean they want to feel like they're in a really bad music video. It doesn't have to always be spring break, Beach Place. Sometimes people just want to hang out. And that's hard to do when the classiest thing on the menu is called The Brain Punisher.

Get a Bar Rescue.
If ever there was a place in need of some tough love on reality television, it's Beach Place.

It's already happened once in Fort Lauderdale, though I'm not sure you could fit this big of a rescue into one half-hour episode.

But just in case you're listening, Beach Place, you can submit for a Bar Rescue here. Help us, Spike TV; you're our only hope.






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rybeth4
rybeth4

Just to give an update. The City Decided to give BeachPlace 3 months to implement Thor Equites llc. new security plan. A plan that should place the city at ease about any issues that have occcured. FYI BeachPlace has been on the Fort Lauderdale nuisance abatement board for over a year and has had on average 35 calls to service none being nuisance related. Yes, there were a few isolated incidents that did occur which got the attention of the media which were also squashed by the undercover units working BeachPlace.(Good JOB) Thor Equities did delay for sometime submitting a new Security plan, due to the slow response from the city providing enough information pertaing to all calls of service to the BeachPlace Property.

rybeth4
rybeth4

After getting all this information Thor Equities hired a top notch security consultant to create a new security plan that exceeds industry standards related to a property this size. All commissoners, the Mayor, and the City Manager were in favor of this new plan and wanted to see how things will be ran with the new plan. District one commisoner Dean Trantalis was the only one to disagree. His opinion on the topic is to remove the entertainment license as of January 28, 2015. Basicaly killig the mall resulting in the shutdown of all liquor licenses accept one! In essence over a hundred people will lose their jobs, making Beachplace another Riverfront ghost town disaster. Thank you city another job well done. High end retail shops did not work!!! This is not Bal Harbor Shops!!! People come to Beachplace to eat, drink and enjoy our beaches. They dont want to pay $45 a head for dinner and spend $8 for a corona. All those people who stay at the Ritz, Hilton, and your high end Condos go to Las Olas to use their Amercian Expresses not Beachplace.

rybeth4
rybeth4

People neglect to see that there is more to the issue than unruly patrons. This is a class and racial problem. Urban is code for black. Sad but true. What about the upstanding individuals who try to earn an honest living in these establishments? So because the clientele does not fit the appropriate demographic that the city desires lets just bull doze it? Is that the answer? Does that stop the crime? I'm sorry to tell you but 31% of Ft. Lauderdale, according to the 2010 census, is African American. The average income per capita in the past 12 months of everyone in Ft. Lauderdale is $35,000. Translation= regular blue collar folks. So you mean to tell me that the residents of this town are good enough to pay taxes here, but not good enough to enjoy popular attractions on the beach? What's the answer? Who speaks for the average Joe? Beachplace should a place that everyone can enjoy, not just the wealthy tourists that flock here once or twice a year. The majority of Beachplace revenue comes from the locals. Over a hundred million in revenue has been generated from Beachplace alone in the past ten years. Beachplace has employed hundreds of hard working citizens that contribute to the economy of Ft. Lauderdale Beach. What about them?

MR.HBD
MR.HBD

As an active member of the Fort Lauderdale Community for the past 15 years, I can say BeachPlace has had its share of issues. The poor decisions of previous management running BeachPlace has caused many minor problems to evolve. I personally feel that many of those mistakes have been corrected by Thor Equites llc. The termination of the outside management company and the removal of Navarro Security was a good start. Bringing in their own staff to run the facility was also a plus. Improvements to the property are on going and they continue to make BeachPlace a fun and safe Place to visit. Unfortunatly, BeachPlace has been riddled with a handful of isolated incidents in the past couple of years.

MR.HBD
MR.HBD

The straw that broke the camel's back began when the City was caught with their pants down Memorial Weekend 2 years ago. When an influx of tourists came to visit Fort lauderdale Beach, due to the overflow of people visiting South Beach for the "Urban Beach Party", the demographic of urban youth from the ages of 18 to 35 basically took over South Beach and caused tighter restrictions to be taken place for the City of Miami Beach. Thus causing thousands of people to flock to Fort Lauderdale Beach. A disturbance was reported at the South Parking Lot, 1/4 mile South of Beachplace and the Fort Lauderdale Police closed the South Lot forcing all the patrons North, directlty to BeachPlace. This concerned all the surrounding businesses.

MR.HBD
MR.HBD

The rowdy crowd that took over the area was overwhelming. The city Manager (Lee Feldman) was then forced to call every on duty and off duty officer to surround Beachplace and all the City Owned Parking areas. Yes, I did see it all take place and it was a mad house. The "City of Fort Lauderdale" was undeniably unprepared for the Memorial weekend event. The blame game started, and all the commisioners had a pow wow to figure out how deflect responsibility for the occurances of the holiday weekend. Being District #1 Commissoner Dean Trantalis was thrown into the fire and many of the BIG HOTELS and high end CONDO associations (which he mainly represents), "The RICH", basically demanded action. With the help of the City Manager, the crack down on Beachplace began. Beachplace= Scapegoat. (TO BE CONTINUED)

Paul
Paul

This seems like a simple math problem, if you lower the rent to a reasonable rate, and lease the spaces to higher class establishments, the problem will go away. Fact is alcohol is a HUGE money maker, and people sitting for a 3-4 hour dinner is not.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.................ft liquordale is finding the TOURISTs paying for quiet enjoyment of the public beach can go elsewhere rather than be ripped-off and towed and robbed and face feloney battery from "security" protected by a phoney police force

and of course the Broward County Bus route #40 Galleria shepards a daily influx of criminal types at 11PM who vaporize by 6AM making their "living" off of drugs and robbery on the beach - kind of like the rio de janero tribes that scower the tourist laden beach areas then quickly split

Beach Place markets and promotes DIRTY BLONDEs type entertainment and now they have their constituents and themselves to blame for the low lifes it and they attract

family safe fun in the SUN has gone elsewhere replaced by the IGNORAMOUS INCOGNITOs and HAVE A NICE DAY FELONY BOUNCERs

st barts IF ITS EARLY in the morning is the only place remaining for the civilized respectful members of society for a great bowl of oatmeal and a fresh brewed coffee - OTHERWISE run for the hills elsewhere like BOCA and points NORTH = period

Fredddy
Fredddy

Same problem as Riverwalk.  

Expensive parking, and little reason to go...  if the parking was free with your dinner then maybe I would return.

  



James Eckels
James Eckels

Ask Alcee Hastings how this was an improvement over the Marlin Beach!

Casa Verde Arts Village
Casa Verde Arts Village

Arts Village - Pedestrianize the A1A between Castillo Street and Cortez Street, Widen the A1A by Birch Road side, satellite parking with shuttle service, find out who owns the most undesirable businesses and buy them out. More closed circuit cameras and operators, Effective banning orders for criminals known to prey on others at the beach. And a small police plaza

smdrpepper
smdrpepper topcommenter

From the cramped parking, that you have to pay for even if you just want a Sonic burger, to the just epic cheesiness..that whole place needs an overhaul.  Last time I was there, most of the storefronts were empty.  No reason for anyone to go there unless they want something of questionable quality to eat.  Best idea to improve the place is to hit the reset button and get something worthwhile in there.  Even if its just a theater or something, it can only improve the place.

Oh, and now there is a better spot to get that Sonic burger finally in Fort Lauderdale.

Lenny Lebowitz
Lenny Lebowitz

Former glory ???? Oh like when the board health shut it down do to roach's

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII topcommenter

It's not the place. It's the people.

Fredddy
Fredddy

WHO should buy them out?  

Taxpayers?  why? 

Fredddy
Fredddy

Due to roaches?  


-It was nice when it opened.... lulu's has a great view, as did hooters.  


but parking was not cheap... and took a long time to get in or out...   las olas or tarpon bend is better for me..

smdrpepper
smdrpepper topcommenter

@Fredddy@smdrpepperOh yes, but I come originally from the Midwest so ALMOST grew up on it.  Before the new one opened, there was the one in West Palm, which was good, then the Beach Place which was HORRIBLE.  Screwed up the order and everything, just was not worth it.

The new one I havent hit yet is out on Commercial between University and Pine Island.  My friends have been there and love it, though it is packed because its so new.

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