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[Video] Hip Hop Weekend Sends Locals Out Of Town and Tourists to Jail

May 27, 2009 By Carlos Miller in  | 18 Comments

Michael Rosa, a 21-year-old tourist from Philadelphia, is still wondering where is his IPhone .

He said the last time he saw it, it was in the hands of a Miami Beach police officer.

But he also said he had his face planted into the ground with another police officer’s shoe on his head, so it wasn’t exactly the clearest view.

Nevertheless, he plans on filing an internal affairs complaint against the officer he suspects stole his Iphone, a Detective Ochoa.

Rosa was one of 548 people arrested during a five-day span this Memorial Day Weekend. He was charged with reckless driving and resisting arrest after he pulled his scooter up on the sidewalk.

His friend, Israel Diaz, 21, who also pulled his scooter up on the sidewalk, was arrested as well.

They both spent more than 24 hours in the Dade County Jail.

On Tuesday, they were at the Miami Beach Police Department hoping to retrieve Rosa’s phone from the property room, but he was told it wasn’t there.

“They said they had no IPhones,” he said.

Michael Rosa and Israel Diaz spent more than 24 hours in jail.

He spoke to a commander who told him to return to the station on Wednesday morning in order to confront Ochoa about the missing IPhone, but Rosa had to catch a plane back to Philadelphia.

“It was a $500 phone. I saw the cop holding it up after they knocked me down. I told him that was my phone,” he said.

“Police here are very exaggerated,” added Diaz.

Meanwhile, businesses on South Beach are recovering from the festive, but controversial, weekend that sends many of the locals out of town, and many of the tourists to jail.

The 11th Street Diner reported the worst of it.

“It’s a nightmare,” said manager Isabelle Fernandez, who has been working at the Diner for 16 years. “You have people walking out without paying, sending food back after they’ve eaten half of it.”

“While it was less physically violent this year than previous years, it was more verbally abusive,” she said.

One waitress named Bianca said she was physically threatened by a woman who accused her of getting her order wrong.

“The women are worse than the men,” said Fernandez.

A police officer uses his flashlight to keep people from congregating on the sidewalks.

But other businesses said they experienced no problems and are looking forward to next year’s event.

“It was an amazing time,” said Ed Huc, a manager at Ocean’s Ten on Ocean Drive. “Business was better than last year. It was a great vibe. No fights, no problems.”

Kemil Payanas, a manager at Fat Tuesday on Ocean Drive, also reported a positive experience.

“We had a good crowd,” he said. “Everybody was having fun.”

A manager at Mango’s also reported positive experiences.

However, the holiday weekend did take its toll on those venues that cater more to local crowds like Jazid.

“Most of the locals leave town for that weekend, so we experience a drop in business,” said Daniel Wohlstein, owner of Jazid on Washington Avenue.

“We are not a hip hop venue so it really doesn’t appeal to the crowd that was here.”

Venues on Lincoln Road experienced a drop in business because most of the hip hop crowd were confined to Ocean Drive and Washington Avenue and many of the locals dared not enter South Beach during the weekend.

However, those that did venture to Lincoln Road did not leave the best impressions.

“They are always complaining about the food,” said Adriana Castelli, a manager at Van Dyke Café. “They order the food and send it back. It’s the only time of the year when a large amount of people do that.”

Then there was Kim Reynolds, a white marketing executive from Indianapolis who arrived in South Beach for the weekend with her girlfriends and had no idea that it would be hip hop weekend.

“At first I was a little intimidated because it’s not really my crowd,” the 26-year-old woman said. “But then we went out anyway and had a great time.

“Everybody I met was very nice and respectful.”

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Carlos Miller is a featured writer at Miami Beach 411. He also operates Photography is Not a Crime, a blog about photographer rights, New Media and First Amendment issues.

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18 Comments on

"[Video] Hip Hop Weekend Sends Locals Out Of Town and Tourists to Jail"

Maria de los Angeles says:

Great report, Carlos! Can people really go to jail for displaying their license plate improperly on a motorcycle?  Wow.

Posted on 05/27/2009 at 11:15 AM

Gus says:

Maria, I saw two guys from that motorcycle crew riding across MacArthur Causeway, driving very respectfully alongside the other motorists. I am sorry to see they got hassled here.

I want to extend a sincere apology to everyone who experienced a bummer time, due to the foul weather and the uptight police.

Posted on 05/27/2009 at 11:53 AM

Carlos Miller says:


If you can get arrested for photography, you can get arrested for anything.


Those guys were very cool. They called themselves “The Outlaws” but they didn’t come across as outlaws.

Posted on 05/27/2009 at 12:26 PM

Peter J Frigate says:

The Hip Hoppers are right about the Van Dyke, which has terrible food. Maybe if more complained there’d be fewer tourist traps.

Posted on 05/27/2009 at 5:18 PM

Marilyn says:

I don’t know but for some reason people are afraid of Hip hoip crowds, Because some seem to get violent.I don’t mind going to a Hip hop event. But I admit I rather not go to these events due to the rowdiness of these hip hop crowds some are just loud and obnoxious, Which is why people just rather stay away.

Posted on 05/27/2009 at 7:45 PM

Kristine says:

Loved the article smile

Posted on 05/27/2009 at 11:25 PM

Mike Raw says:

yo i was the one who got arrested and my phone stolen..and i still haven’t recived my phone..The cops are the worst in MIAMI

Posted on 05/28/2009 at 10:09 AM

Sungal says:

Were any celebs here? Did Paris Hilton ask one of the DJ’s to play house music?

Posted on 05/28/2009 at 8:41 PM

AM says:

I hopped over to Ocean for about half an hour,  and heard some of the foulest things I have ever heard… saw one fight… I’m in my mid-20’s, not an old man, and it was a little to real for me.  I suggest trying Vagabond over in downtown Miami, or something else not on the beach for these weekends.  Just be prepared to pay eight to ten to valet or three to five dollars to the guy to “watch” your car, unfortunately…

Posted on 05/30/2009 at 7:06 PM

Carlos Miller says:


There’s never been a fight at Vagabond? And nobody curses?

I’m impressed.

Posted on 05/30/2009 at 10:45 PM

Maria de los Angeles says:

The Crackhead Parking Mafia is a regular thing in Wynwood/Midtown/Biscayne on any weekend.

Posted on 05/31/2009 at 1:11 PM

SunSpot Miami says:

Great Article!
We had ours 7 rooms at the shelborne rented out and only had 1 of them “trashed” by our Weekend Guests and by trashed I simply mean alots of trash. Nothing really broken. All in all was not much worse than WMC for us.

Posted on 06/01/2009 at 8:39 AM

Mike says:

i was brutally arrested and charged with bogus charges along with four of my friends for no reasons wat soever and taser me while on the floor and i had 7cops arnd me. and they stole my chain, my phone, my DG glasses. and i would like to know anyone that was arrested that weekend.

Posted on 06/02/2009 at 10:07 AM

south beach concierge says:

work at a hotel on south beach and its the one time of year employees would rather not want to work and dont care if they get paid for it or not.i dont mind i just laugh at all the people that get ripped off. $195 to stay the previous week and $495 a night to stay during memorial ha ha ha whose gangster now!!!!

Posted on 06/02/2009 at 12:34 PM

santana says:

It looks like everyone had a great time! I love the article!

Posted on 06/02/2009 at 6:23 PM

Mark P says:

Good article. I live on Sobe, but thankfully was away. Like most locals, we usually leave for the weekend. The people who come down generally trash (meaning litter, not destroy) the beach, but are otherwise there to have fun and are no worse than any other large gathering. It is sad that there is a large number of people causing problems for the local restaurants, particularly the 11th St. Diner which always seems to take the brunt of this sort of activity.
As for the cops, they are there because without them, we would end up with shootings and murders like in other years. I don’t think there is a need for them to be extra aggressive.  At least no one died this year.

Posted on 06/02/2009 at 8:44 PM

KekePA says:

My first year and I had a ball. The 11th street diner was a little bit overcrowded but one thing I can say is that the food was delicious. Thank you. I think that was the best I had since I was down there. Lincoln was a little bit too overpricing for things I can see back home $20 cheaper. As for the hotel, Marriott Courtyard was ok. Prices good but room service was horrible. Need more english speaking people.

Posted on 06/03/2009 at 10:51 AM

Carlos Miller says:

Miami Beach police shoot and kill tourist in an apparent case of mistaken identity.

Posted on 06/15/2009 at 2:01 PM

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