It’s very disturbing to see my beloved South Beach turn into such a crime-ridden place. It used to be an upscale community, which catered to the rich and famous as well as anyone who wanted to pretend to be rich and famous. People could walk around without issue, go drink, party, hang out, and have a good time. Nowadays, post-real estate boom, it’s turned into a town known for arrests, fights, and unfortunately – tragedy.
A recent story in the Miami Herald about a tourist who died after a fight led me to finally publish this story about South Beach. A man from Philadelphia, the Herald reports, died in a Miami Hospital after a fight at Felt, a billiards lounge in South Beach on Washington Avenue, and a favorite hangout of our own Terry Bender.
An excerpt from the Herald…
A 27-year-old from Philadelphia died after a fight at a Miami Beach club, and police are asking for help finding a person of interest in the case.
The fight happened about 3 a.m. Sunday at Felt Lounge, 1242 Washington Ave., said Detective Juan Sanchez, a spokesman for Miami Beach police. Three men were fighting inside the club, then the brawl spilled outside, Sanchez said.
Afterward, one of the men ran away. The second man stayed with Dontae Davis. Davis tried to hail a cab but collapsed, Sanchez said.
Paramedics took Davis to Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, where he died the next day. On Thursday, medical examiners had not yet told police the cause of death, Sanchez said.