Miami Beach’s mayor, Philip Levin, announced that after the attacks last week in Catalonia (Spain), they will place “concrete barriers” in areas as crowded as Lincoln Road or Washington Avenue.
“The safety of our residents and visitors is a priority” and, after the “tragedy in Barcelona”, the city police chief, the fire brigade and the Public Works group want to increase security in the city, he said. Levine in an email.
Security measures include placing “temporary concrete barriers” on Alton Road, Washington Avenue and at the entrances to Lincoln Road, one of the most iconic and busy streets in Miami Beach, on the southeast coast of Florida.
Levine explained that city authorities are currently examining “public spaces with a high volume of pedestrian traffic vulnerable to vehicle attack.”
In this way, the American city joins the series of cities that analyze installing protective measures such as bollards or planters to avoid possible attacks.
An assessment that will include the “consideration” of converting these protective barriers into something “permanent” and aesthetically more attractive.
Levine expressed his “expeditious” determination to implement all “necessary measures for the protection of our residents and guests,” but, for the time being and security issues, declined to provide further details on strengthening the protection on the streets.
Thirteen people were killed and one hundred wounded in an attack in Barcelona, where a van traveled more than half a kilometer from a tourist street in the city of Barcelona, attacking the pedestrians.