Miami Beach implemented a curfew in the popular spring break destination on Sunday following a pair of deadly shootings.
the curfew covers much of South Beach from 11:59 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday, according to authorities.
“It is clear that even an unprecedented police presence could not prevent these incidents from occurring,” Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said Sunday.
“The volume of people in our city, the rebellious nature of many and the presence of weapons has created a danger that cannot go unnoticedespecially at night,” he added.
the first shooting It happened shortly before 11 p.m. on Friday. and left one male victim dead and another seriously injured, according to the Miami Beach Police Department. He second shot it happened after 3 a.m. Sunday and also left a male victim dead, police said.
The incidents involved suspects from out of town, according to the mayor, who said police made arrests after both shootings.
“We don’t ask for spring break in our city,” Gelber said. “We don’t want spring break in our city. It’s too loud, too messy, and just too hard to keep an eye on.”
Businesses within the curfew zone were also prohibited from selling alcohol for “off-premises consumption” after 6 p.m. Sunday, the mayor said. The curfew did not apply to people going to and from work.
City officials planned to meet Monday afternoon to discuss whether to implement another curfew next weekend.