Miami Beach Implements Curfew after Spring Break Shootings

Mia Shields, Design Editor

As a popular vacation spot, Miami Beach draws in thousands during the spring break season, often stirring up chaos and upheaval in the city. 

On March 17, a fatal shooting occurred, leaving one dead and one injured. Police reported to the scene, finding four firearms and arresting the culprit. That same weekend, on March 19 at 3:30 a.m., gunshots were fired on Ocean Drive and caused another death. 

Due to the behavior from the past few weeks in Miami Beach, City Officials adopted the same curfew as last year’s, enforcing people to be home by 11:59 p.m. This took effect on Sunday, March 19, and officials held a special commission meeting to discuss further actions and restrictions that will be implemented from March 23 to March 27. The curfew applies to the entire area from 23 Street to Dade Boulevard in the north to the Government Cut, and from Biscayne Bay to the Atlantic Ocean on the east. 

Within the areas affected by the curfew, businesses must close and give guests ample time to leave by 11:59 p.m., and alcohol distribution for open consumption will be prohibited after 6 p.m. Businesses with delivery services may continue to operate, but takeout and pickup will be prohibited. However, hotel businesses are able to continue operating as long as it is to service current guests. The curfew will also not apply to essential services: firefighters, police officers, emergency physician calls, emergency repairs and patient transportation.

The many restrictions will likely be taken into effect within the next few days and violation of any of these rules can lead to arrest.