Over 250 Spring Breakers Arrested In Miami Beach Despite Officials’ Attempt To Crack Down On Partying

Over 250 Spring Breakers Arrested In Miami Beach Despite Officials’ Attempt To Crack Down On Partying

Update (March 19): More than 250 people have been arrested in Miami Beach despite local officials warning spring breakers of an early curfew, DUI checkpoints, and “strong Police enforcement for drug possession and violence.”

Spring break in the popular destination area has reportedly been sheer chaos with stunning incidents, like a 16-year-old pulling a gun while at New Smyrna Beach (less than 30 minutes away from Daytona Beach).

Wild photos seen here show several people being arrested by police, amid a 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew that was enforced over the weekend.

A total of 256 people have been arrested in incidents connected to spring break as of March 16, per Miami Beach Police Department spokesman Christopher Bess.

Florida governor Ron DeSantis had already issued a warning and dispatched more than 140 state troopers in an effort to minimize and prevent violence. He previously said,

“We welcome people to come and have a good time. What we don’t welcome is criminal activity. What we don’t welcome is mayhem and people who want to wreak havoc on our communities.”

Original Story (March 4): The City of Miami Beach is making it known that spring breakers are not welcome!

On Friday (March 1), the City of Miami Beach released a PSA with a clear message to college students who are making their spring break plans; don’t come here. The 60-second commercial informs potential tourists looking for a vacation spot this month,

“This isn’t working anymore. It’s not us, it’s you. We just want different things.”

The ad then highlights what locals in the Miami Beach area view as enjoyable activities.

“Our idea of a good time is relaxing on the beach, hitting up the spa, or checking out a new restaurant.”

To draw an obvious contrast, the message continues,

“You just want to get drunk in public and ignore laws.”

A reference to last year’s tragedies is made, and according to the city, those events were a “breaking point” for the area.

As previously reported, in March of last year, consecutive shootings in South Beach resulted in the deaths of two individuals. One of the individuals was a vacationing student in Miami. Furthermore, a total of 573 arrests were recorded during the 2023 spring break period.

The ad promises visitors that stricter rules will be enforced this year, stating,

“This March, you can expect things like curfews, bag checks, and restricted beach access, DUI check points, $100 parking, and strong Police enforcement for drug possession and violence.”

The City of Miami Beach’s spokesperson also shared,

“The message is clear that Miami Beach is no longer a place for raucous behavior, and that our laws and regulations will be fully enforced.”

They added,

“We hope this campaign will dissuade unruly crowds from coming to Miami Beach during this time.”

Just in case the message wasn’t made clear enough for college students getting ready to hit the beach this spring, the PSA ends with a simple statement that says,

“We’re breaking up with spring break”

What are your thoughts on the new ad released by the City of Miami Beach? Tell us in the comments below!

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Authored by: Candice O