Judge sides with South Beach hotel in challenge to late-night partying

A Florida state judge has sided with a South Beach hotel that challenged Miami Beach’s cutoff for late-night partying.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Beatrice Butchko ruled in a hearing on Monday that moving the city’s “last call” for alcohol from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. in South Beach’s entertainment district was “unlawful,” according to The Miami Herald.

The ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by the popular Clevelander hotel on Ocean Drive over the earlier time, which took effect on May 22.

Butchko said the last call was “arbitrary, it is a violation of local ordinances, and that

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