Miami city leaders convened to essentially cancel spring break next year after celebrating the holiday period saw two people shot dead over the course of 72 hours.
During a committee meeting Monday, Mayor Dan Gelber voiced his strong opposition to the Spring Breakers coming to Miami Beach. Plans discussed included closing liquor stores, installing metal detectors, and placing tickets for the next year.
The weekend of March 17 saw two men shot dead and revelers jump on a car, fight in the streets and even destroy a liquor store on the main road, despite the city imposing a Sunday night curfew.
Jordan Idaho, 21, was shot at 10:40 p.m. on the night of March 17 in the South Beach neighborhood — one of two people killed during a wild weekend of student debauchery.
Footage of the incident showed people diving for cover and dodging several gunshots. Several blocks were cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape.
During a committee meeting Monday, Mayor Dan Gelber voiced his strong opposition to the Spring Breakers coming to Miami Beach.
The weekend of March 17 saw two men shot dead, revelers jumping on a car, brawling in the streets, and even destroying a liquor store on the main road, despite the city imposing a Sunday night curfew.
The second shooting occurred at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday on Ocean Drive in South Beach, according to Miami Beach Police. Police said on Twitter that a man was shot and later died in hospital. Officers chased a suspect on foot.
Their names were not released and the suspected gunmen in both shootings were arrested.
Gelber said during a committee meeting Monday that he wants to make Miami Beach a less desirable destination for spring break parties.
This year, police from various South Florida agencies have found it difficult to keep crowds in check.
During Monday’s meeting, Gelber said, “We’re doing everything we can to tell the world we don’t want you here.”
Jordan Idaho, 21 (pictured) was shot at 10:40 p.m. on the night of March 17 in the South Beach neighborhood — one of two people killed during a wild weekend of student debauchery
Past violence and pandemonium has led them to expect it to continue into future spring break unless they take action to prevent it, Gelber and city officials said.
“This is not an all-inclusive resort where people can do whatever they want,” Gelber said. “We are definitely not Las Vegas or New Orleans.”
Miami Beach officials have voted to curfew South Beach and close liquor sales in early March, although a final decision on the liquor drive has yet to be made.
On Monday, Miami Beach police released citywide numbers between February 27 and March 27, which include peak spring break time.
A total of 488 arrests were made, more than half of which were due to criminal arrests.
A chaotic weekend saw two men shot dead, including in this gruesome moment when Dontavious Polk allegedly shot a man pointless on Ocean Drive early Sunday morning
Police said 105 weapons were seized.
The possibility of reversing the sale of alcohol will be discussed again at next month’s meeting.
Miami Beach officials have imposed a curfew, effective Sunday night, March 19.
The city said in a news release that two separate shootings Friday evening and early Sunday that left two people dead and “extremely large and undisciplined crowds” led to the decision.
The press release said the curfew will be from 11:59 p.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday, with an additional curfew from Thursday through Monday, March 27.
Curfew was basically for South Beach, the Spring Breakers’ most popular party location.
Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said in a video message posted Sunday after the shooting that the crowds and the presence of many firearms “created an impassable danger” despite a massive police presence and many city-sponsored activities aimed at keep people. Busy.
We don’t ask for spring break in our city. We don’t want spring break in our city. “It’s very noisy, it’s a very intense disturbance and it’s very difficult to police,” Gelber said.
Over that weekend, Miami had hundreds of arrests, while Fort Lauderdale only had one or two incidents with its bikini-clad crowd.
After the students had been involved all day, there were violent confrontations with police in the evening as officers had to use pepper balls to disperse crowds in Miami.
Authorities in Fort Lauderdale said there were “no major incidents” related to the 2023 spring break, aside from a teen assaulting Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen and a separate incident with a security guard at a bar.
19-year-old Ohio Springs drummer Max Edward Hartley violently attacked the One-Armed drummer outside the Four Seasons Hotel.
A police report from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department stated that Hartley, of Ohio, was hiding behind a pole outside the hotel before lunging at the drummer and knocking him to the ground, causing him to hit him on the head.
Last year, the city imposed a midnight curfew after a shooting on Ocean Drive, too.
In the year before that, there were about 1,000 arrests and dozens of firearm seizures during a tumultuous spring break that prompted Miami Beach officials to take steps aimed at de-escalating the situation.