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Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber wins reelection, as 2 a.m. alcohol rollback also gets support from voters

 Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber poses with supporters at an Election Night watch party on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021
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Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber poses with supporters at an Election Night watch party on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021

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Miami Beach residents have voted to reelect Dan Gelber as mayor for what will be his third consecutive term as mayor. Legally he’s not eligible to run again.

Gelber spoke at a campaign event Tuesday night, at a hotel in South Beach — an area of the city he said he will focus on.

"This entertainment district has to go. We need this to be really what the city should be," said Gelber. "Should be a place that’s beautiful, that’s a cultural experience, that’s inviting to all people. Not just sort of hard partiers all night long."

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Voters also supported a ban on alcohol sales after 2 a.m. Last call is currently 5 a.m.

This vote a non-binding poll and Gelber expects it to come up in the next commission meeting, or soon after that meeting.

A political committee called Citizens for a Safe Miami Beach campaigned against the 2 a.m. referendum.

In a statement, the group wrote that the change will not stem crime on Miami Beach. They also wrote that it will hurt thousands of employees through reduced income and cut city revenues.