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Miami Beach hopes curfew will curtail violence

Spring Break Miami Beach Curfew
People in a mostly maskless crowd walk down Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, Florida’s famed South Beach, Monday, March 22, 2021. A party-ending curfew is in effect in Miami Beach, imposed after fights, gunfire, property destruction and dangerous stampedes broke out among huge crowds of people. The curfew could extend through the end of spring break. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Following a violent weekend in which 5 people were shot on the streets of South Beach, a curfew is going into effect at 12:01 AM and lasting until Monday, March 28.

The curfew will run daily from 11:59 PM until 6:00 AM for areas between 23rd St. and Government Cut and between Biscayne Bay and the ocean.

During affected hours, alcohol sales will be restricted within the curfew area and hotels may only operate to serve registered guests.

Other businesses such as restaurants may only provide delivery service, dine-in and takeout is prohibited.

Essential services may continue to operate as usual.

Miami Beach residents in the affected area will be able to access their homes via routes established by the police department.

More than 100 weapons have been seized since the start of spring break and over 600 people have been arrested.

“This isn’t your father’s, mother’s spring break; this is something totally different,” Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said at a press conference on Monday. “We don’t want Spring Break. Every community in Florida that has ad it has pushed it away.”

Further up the coast, spring break festivities in the city of Fort Lauderdale have been relatively calm.