Miami Beach Commissioners have debated the idea of closing Ocean Drive in South Beach for cars and making it a pedestrian only road. Making it a pedestrian only road would make it similar to Lincoln Road, which is not too far away.
Not surprisingly hotel and restaurant owners on Ocean Drive are against the idea because they believe that people will stay away from the area instead of having to deal with parking. It is already difficult to find parking in the area and closing that road will only add to the congestion.
Parts of the street are closed for certain events such as the Super Bowl and Memorial Day weekend, but to close the road permanenlty would be a bad idea for Miami Beach.