City of Miami Beach Emergency Spring Break Weekend Curfew
For the second year in a row, a spring curfew in Miami Beach has been declared following a weekend of violence in the South Beach tourist district. The new curfew, which will come into effect on March 24, will apply from Thursday evening at midnight until Monday at 6 a.m.
The Spring Break curfew applies to specific areas of South Beach, where most Spring Break traffic is concentrated: from 23rd Street to South Pointe Drive (north-south) and Ocean Drive /Collins Avenue (Atlantic Ocean on the east) to Biscayne Bay on the west.
Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber made the announcement at a Monday afternoon news conference, citing that the city is “well past its end point.” Gelber noted that 371 officers were deployed to monitor areas over the weekend, while Police Chief Richard Clements added that 37 firearms were confiscated in the past three days. Five people were injured in several reported shootings over the weekend.
“We don’t ask for spring break, we don’t promote it, we don’t encourage it, we just endure it, and frankly, that’s something we don’t want to endure,” Gelber said at the conference. Monday press release.
The city hopes to implement the same curfew next weekend, from March 31 to April 4, pending approval from the city commission. A meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 22 to discuss the extension of the emergency order.