MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami Seaside officers held a press convention on Saturday afternoon to announce a brand new 8 p.m. curfew for the leisure district.
Moreover, officers introduced the closure of the Julia Tuttle, Venetian causeways and the Macarthur Causeway starting Saturday evening, from 9 p.m. to five a.m.
Interim Metropolis Supervisor Raul J. Aguila mentioned that every one eating places and bars within the leisure district should shut by 8 p.m.
Aguila declared a State of Emergency all through the Metropolis in mild of the Miami Seaside Police Division’s important issues regarding bigger than anticipated spring break crowds.
The Metropolis of Miami Seaside declares a State of Emergency. Security measures embrace an 8 p.m. curfew within the metropolis’s Excessive Imapct Zone together with closures of the causeways starting tonight.
— Miami Seaside Police (@MiamiBeachPD) March 20, 2021
The measures come a day after the restaurant on the Clevelander Lodge restaurant was pressured to shut on account of a violent incident.
Miami Seaside Police Chief Rick Clements mentioned that crowds have been uncontrolled. He added that some companies had sustained damages.
Mayor Gelber had mentioned for years he’s been pushing to revamp South Seaside to a extra family-friendly atmosphere and says the elevated crime is the results of the social gathering ambiance that’s now synonymous with South Seaside.
“We now have made this space into an anything-goes space, it’s kind of a come right here play, play, play space as a substitute of a work-play reside space. So for me, I wish to diversify there, so it’s not simply 105 bars opened until 5 am.”
To assist management the group and forestall comparable incidents Miami Seaside police has elevated their patrols and have carried out a no-tolerance coverage.
Miami Seaside police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez mentioned, “Prior to now 5 1/2 weeks, we’ve seen over 900 arrests right here in our metropolis. We issued greater than 5,000 visitors citations. Final evening alone, shut to 2 dozen arrests have been made simply in our leisure district.”
Fifty % of these arrests are individuals from out of the state, 374 from Miami-Dade, 94 from Miami Seaside, 141 homeless, 78 reside elsewhere in Florida.
Miami Seaside police have partnered with a number of legislation enforcement companies to assist patrol the seaside and to assist course of those that are arrested.
“It’s a harmful scenario for our neighborhood. It’s a harmful scenario for officers and that’s why it’s essential that we act shortly and make the most of ways like pepper balls to disperse crowds,” mentioned Rodriguez.