Miami Beach City Commissioners voted on Sunday to expand nightly curfews for the remainder of spring break.
The restriction, put in place between the hours of 8 pm to 6 am until April 12, resulted from the overwhelming crowds and property damage in Miami Beach.
The chaos has been seen and heard all over the web, from tourists crowding in residential streets to sounds of gunshots. According to the Miami Beach Police, over 50 arrests and eight gun confiscations were executed over the weekend. More than 1,000 persons have been arrested since the beginning of the break.
The City Manager, Raul Aguila, has stated that many visitors have not been locals but from out of state. “To engage in lawlessness and an ‘anything goes’ party attitude.”
The curfew, imposed on Saturday night, was met with resistance, as tourists refused to disperse during the set time. SWAT presence and the firing of pepper balls into the multitude of people were used to enforce the restriction and control the crowds.
Residents and business owners in the area have reacted to the ongoing chaos. “I have been closed since April and refuse to reopen. This area has now become a crime zone,” Mitch Novick of the Sherbrooke Hotel told CBS.
In addition to the curfew, causeways connecting mainland Miami to Miami Beach have been ordered to close their eastbound lanes from 8 pm to 6 am Thursday to Sunday.
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