Miami Seashore ready to implement emergency curfew for Spring break 2024

NBC Miami- The Metropolis of Miami Seashore might be able to implement an emergency curfew subsequent yr throughout two “high-impact” weekends in March after commissioners voted to provide town supervisor the facility to take action on Monday.

The vote follows one other chaotic spring break in Miami Seashore this yr that noticed 488 arrests — greater than 230 of which have been felony offenses, in accordance with Miami Seashore Police. Greater than 100 firearms have been seized. 

Two lethal shootings additionally put Miami Seashore in nationwide headlines as crowds swarmed Ocean Drive, which led to a short liquor sale curfew, which expired on Sunday.

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Commissioners clashed on concepts to curb the violence throughout a gathering on Monday.

Commissioners Steven Meiner and Alex Fernandez look like able to take the strictest strategy seen in current instances.

“Spring break as we all know it’s over, utterly over. We’re finished,” stated Meiner.

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Let’s announce to our neighborhood and the world that we’re placing a curfew for subsequent spring break, so the legal habits doesn’t come again to our metropolis,” stated Fernandez.

Fernandez is strongly in favor of implementing a curfew on companies and alcohol gross sales throughout spring break season, however not all commissioners have been on board for such a strict strategy.

“In case you’re going to do away with spring break, what does that appear to be? Spring break is a month lengthy. You possibly can’t shut down town for a complete month,” stated commissioner Ricky Arriola.

However Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez pushed again.

“We’re going to must sacrifice a few years of income for a much bigger image,” stated Rosen Gonzalez.

She additionally stated she favors “shutting down” spring break however establishing curfews.

Different commissioners pitched establishing a ticketed occasion that might set up perimeters on Ocean Drive and will embrace metallic detectors that guests must move by means of. 

However Mayor Dan Gelber expressed legality issues for town that might expose it to lawsuits.

“The issue is that you simply’re speaking about virtually a mile of the general public promenade with companies on one facet and a public seaside that has to have authorized entry to residents on the opposite facet,” stated Gelber.

The mayor additionally desires town to create “a staff” to guage potential options and finest practices to implement them by 2024. 

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