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Shootings During Spring Break Lead Miami Beach Authorities To Declare Curfew
The rampant violence that has been taken over Miami Beach, Florida over the past few weeks during spring break festivities lead the city’s authorities to declare a state of emergency and a nightly curfew for the South Beach area.
The decision was made after Miami Beach registered at least two shootings during spring break street parties in the area, where hundreds of people were partying. The curfew starts early Thursday after midnight and runs through the weekend. The measure adds to others previously announced, such as the ban on the sale of alcohol after 2 am in the southern part of the city and reinforcements in the security forces.
“We can’t endure this anymore. We just simply can’t,” Mayor Dan Gebler told Associated Press. “This isn’t your father or your mother’s spring break. This is something wholly different.” According to Gebler, Miami Beach has been taken over in recent days by a crowd of ten thousand young party goers.
The curfew will go into effect on March 24, between 12:01 am and 6 am, only for a specific area in the South Beach region, where several bars and restaurants are concentrated. The restriction ends after the weekend, next Monday.
However, Miami Beach’s city commission discuss the declaration this Tuesday, and City Manager Alina Hudak said she plans to recommend the curfew be extended through the next weekend.
During the last weekend, shootings during spring break left five people injured, and they were taken to hospitals in the city. All were expected to survive, AP said.
Since the beginning of spring break in February, nine police officers have been injured in several incidents and 100 weapons were confiscated in the same period, said Miami Beach Police.
Last year, Miami Beach police arrested more than a thousand people during parties. At the time, the city also adopted a state of emergency and a curfew.
Over the past decades, Miami Beach has become one of the most traditional spring break destinations, attracting crowds much larger than the authorities consider reasonable— and can keep under control.
“We haven’t been able to figure out how to stop the spring break from happening,” the mayor said. “We don’t want it, but it keeps happening.”