SWAT Teams and several local law enforcement officers are moving in to get a massive crowd of Spring Breakers under control after they refused to abide by an 8 pm curfew set by the city of Miami as part of a state of emergency declared by Miami’s Mayor Dan Gelber.
Large crowds, fights, a deadly shooting and the coronavirus are why officials are imposing an 8 p.m. curfew on South Beach in the middle of spring break. https://t.co/NjMmCQlqcz
— Tampa Bay Times (@TB_Times) March 20, 2021
The iconic Clevelander, a popular restaurant and bar in South Beach Miami has announced that they will be closed until at least March 24, due to the “increased violence” by Spring Breakers:
— Joel Franco (@OfficialJoelF) March 19, 2021
According to Local 10 – “The situation has gotten bad enough that we don’t feel comfortable asking our employees to come into work,” explains the attorney representing the Clevelander, Alexander Tachmes. He says they will meet next week to reassess the closure.
Miami Beach Police say they’re doing everything they can to keep people safe as spring breakers have caused violence and chaos along the streets of South Beach.
News of the increased police patrol comes less than a day after a street melee on Ocean Drive between Eighth and Ninth streets prompted police officers to fire pepper balls to disperse a crowd in South Beach. Officers then detained at least three people, and Miami Beach Fire Rescue personnel responded to help the few who were injured.
Videos of fights in Miami by Spring Breakers are being shared all over social media:
— Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) March 20, 2021
Several Spring Breakers have been arrested.
The move to control the crowds followed weeks of wild partying in Miami Beach, which is no stranger to uncontrollable spring break throngs of young people.
— Roy Ramos (@RRamosWPLG) March 21, 2021
But this year the volume is clearly higher than in previous years, said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber, who’s expressed concern about the lack of coronavirus restrictions – like wearing a mask – in Florida.
‘I think it is in part due to the fact that there are very few places open elsewhere in the country, or they’re too cold, or they’re not open and they’re too cold,’ he said.
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) March 20, 2021
The crowds of young people crushing the beach city have sparked worries of a coronavirus ‘super-spreader’ event, while alcohol-fueled partiers have been starting fights in restaurants and in the streets, officials said.
This video showing a violent confrontation and what appears to be a shooting that was allegedly taken in Miami Beach last night during Spring Break. We cannot confirm the validity of the video shared by Grant Stern, editor of Occupy Democrats, a far-left publication with a reputation for spreading fake news.
A friend of mine recorded this in Miami Beach during spring break last night. pic.twitter.com/YHqjMB8eFL
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) March 19, 2021
Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Clements said he is concerned the situation will become unmanageable.
Money throwing pic.twitter.com/A0skqUF524
— Joel Franco (@OfficialJoelF) March 21, 2021
This video shows the wreckage left behind in a local restaurant by Spring Breakers:
Ocean Drive melee prompts Miami Beach officers to fire pepper balls at crowd. #OceanDrive#MiamiBeach #springbreak #Florida #COVID19 #coronavirus #Miami #SocialDistancing #maskon #MiamiSpringBreak pic.twitter.com/7JiXy0xU4s
— KarenDailyNews (@DailyNe25683877) March 20, 2021
Franco said in a live video that the crowd breaking appears to be a multi-agency effort, with helicopters from Miami-Dade police, a SWAT vehicle from Coral Gables and officers from other agencies.
For the next 72 hours, visitors will have to leave streets and restaurants will close their doors at 8 pm in the main tourist areas of South Beach, the epicenter of the city’s party scene, authorities announced.
Their doors cannot open again until 6 am each morning, authorities said.
The three bridges that connect the island with mainland Miami will be closed to traffic from 10 pm. Only residents, workers, and hotel guests will have access.
It’s unclear how long the curfew will remain in effect, but Interim City Manager Raul Aguila told the Miami Herald that he recommends keeping the rules in place through at least April 12.