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
BREAKING NEWS: Due to overwhelming spring break crowds, the city of Miami Beach will impose an 8 p.m. curfew in the South Beach entertainment district and block most eastbound traffic entering the city after 10 p.m., beginning Saturday.
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) March 20, 2021
Just In: Miami Beach has declared a State of Emergency. The mayor says Spring Break is out of control. The City is closing the entire entertainment district at 8PM. They’ve blocked bridges into Miami Beach after 9PM. Only locals and hotel guests allowed in.
F*ck you, DeSantis.
— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@duty2warn) March 20, 2021
BREAKING: Miami Beach is setting an 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, officials announced, after hard partying spring breakers trashed restaurants, brawled in the streets and gathered by the thousands without masks or social distancing. https://t.co/CdiojrFxIU
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 20, 2021
The City of Miami Beach declares a State of Emergency. Safety measures include an 8 p.m. curfew in the city’s High Imapct Zone along with closures of the causeways beginning tonight.
— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) March 20, 2021
— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) March 20, 2021
Here’s Miami Beach tonight, 10 minutes after new 8 p.m. city-wide curfew.
— Brooke Shafer (@BrookeShaferTV) March 21, 2021
What it looks like getting onto Miami Beach right now pic.twitter.com/gtMUkNMVIz
— Carlos Suarez (@CarlosNBC6) March 20, 2021
SWAT teams moved in to disperse massive crowds of spring breakers in Miami Beach on Saturday night, firing pepper balls and sparking a stampede as people fled. https://t.co/yFVKkTC2Ks
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) March 21, 2021
The city of Miami Beach declared a state of emergency and imposed an 8 p.m. curfew for the entertainment district because spring breakers were gathering in crowds around the city despite the coronavirus pandemic. https://t.co/xlxnORQwCl
— Axios (@axios) March 20, 2021
The Miami Beach curfew isn’t going so well pic.twitter.com/ixkuVLqc5v
— Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) March 21, 2021