Miami Beach shuts down nightclub after someone rode a horse into the crowd

Editor’s note: I lived in South Florida in the ’80s, well before “SoBe” (AKA South Beach) became such a scene. I remembered the area more for its Art Deco buildings, James Deering’s lavish Viscaya residence and gardens, Eastern Airlines (which I wrote about) and iconic Jewish delis such as Wolfie’s. Now look what happened:

“Even in South Beach’s sometimes ridiculous party atmosphere, Mokai Lounge took the fun one horse too far,” as the Miami Herald is reporting.

“Miami Beach shut down the nightclub after someone rode a horse into the nightclub, an incident captured on a video that ignited a firestorm when it was posted online.

“City Manager Jimmy Morales revoked Mokai’s business license Friday afternoon, citing a threat to public safety and the city’s animal cruelty laws as sufficient evidence to shut down the club, located at 235 23rd St.

“A video of the incident — which starts out with a bikini-clad woman riding bareback on a white horse through the crowded venue — was widely shared Thursday night and Friday. The animal is surrounded by clubgoers and suddenly drops to the ground and then bucks, throwing the woman off. People gasp and scream, and the horse looks terrified, attempting to bite someone. Then the video stops.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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