Miami Beach Closes Over Rioting Spring Breakers

CNN reports:

Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber declared a state of emergency and set a curfew Saturday, saying the crowds that have descended on the city recently are “more than we can handle.” “Too many are coming, really, without the intention of following the rules, and the result has been a level of chaos and disorder that is just something more than we can endure,” Gelber told CNN’s Ana Cabrera.

The 8 p.m. curfew and road closures in the city’s entertainment district will be in effect for the next 72 hours, Gelber said at a news conference Saturday. The causeways to Miami Beach from the mainland will be closed to non-local traffic starting at 9 p.m. for the next few nights, Gelber said. At night, “it feels like a rock concert, wall-to-wall people over blocks and blocks,” Gelber said. On Friday night, someone shot a weapon into the air, and there was a riot, he said.

Miami’s ABC News affiliate reports:

There are special exceptions for Miami Beach residents, hotel guests and people going to work. “In an effort to abate the crowds coming into the city, we are shutting down the MacArthur causeway, the Venetian causeway, and the Julia Tuttle causeway,” Aguila said.

To sum it up, after 9 p.m. you can leave Miami Beach for the night, but you can’t come back; not easily at least.

Visitors told Local 10 News’ Saira Anwer that after witnessing the weekend mayhem and debauchery, they understand why this decision was made, but it still puts a damper on their trip. On the other hand, Miami Beach residents said they’re happy about the causeway closures