load_file(“/includes-n/article_top.html”);load_file(“/includes-n/float_share.html”);WORLD / AMERICASBeach police concerned following uncontrollable crowdsBy AFPPublished: Mar 21, 2021 08:27 PMload_file(“/includes-n/article_share.html”);Throngs of revelers flocking to Miami Beach in Florida for spring break have become so uncontrollable that authorities declared a state of emergency Saturday and imposed a curfew meant to quash the party.People enjoy themselves on the beach on March 16, 2021 in Miami Beach, Florida. Photo: VCGThe move marks the second year in a row that fun has been curtailed at the popular spring break destination – March in 2020 because the pandemic was just ramping up and in 2021 due to unruly and destructive crowds.Authorities announced Saturday that visitors must be off the street and that restaurants would close their doors at 8:00 pm in South Beach, the epicenter of the citys nightlife, following an increase of violence and vandalism over recent days.”It kind of sucks,” said John Perez, a student from Texas having beers with a group of friends on the sand, despite police efforts to prevent alcohol consumption on the beach.In addition to the curfew, the three bridges that connect the Miami Beach Island to mainland Miami will now be closed to traffic from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am. Only residents, workers and hotel guests will have access. “Its been so much fun out here, you know, like we got the warm weather, you got the beach,” 22-year-old Perez said.An aerial photo released by police Saturday night showed the citys main strip, Ocean Drive, empty just two hours after the curfew went into effect.Miami Beach is no stranger to uncontrollable spring break crowds, but in 2021, with approximately 13 percent of US residents vaccinated, the atmosphere is particularly festive and the illusion that the pandemic is now under control is pervasive. “Just go get your vaccine yall so that you could come out here and have a good time like us because we vaccinated, baby,” Jalen Rob, another student from Texas, told AFP.Another man, with his face painted like the Joker, stood on top of a car yelling “COVIDs over, baby!” while waving an American flag, in a video posted to Twitter by filmmaker Billy Corben. Acting City Manager Raul Aguila said the citys curfew moves were “all about the public safety.” He described huge crowds that had gathered on Ocean Drive as looking “like a rock concert. You couldnt see pavement and you couldnt see grass.”Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said Saturday while announcing the curfew that “the volume is clearly more than its been in previous years.” “I think it is in part due to the fact that there are very few places open elsewhere in the country, or theyre too cold – or theyre not open and theyre too cold,” he said. Over the last several days viral videos have emerged showing fights in restaurants which caused serious damage in addition to prompting diners to flee without paying expensive bills. Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Clements said he is concerned the situation will become unmanageable.load_file(“/includes-n/article_share.html”);RELATED ARTICLES Flood-prone Miami to spend billionsThe US city of Miami is to invest billions of dollars to tackle its vulnerability to rising sea … Miami edge struggling LakersJimmy Butler and Kendrick Nunn combined for 51 points as the Miami Heat defeated reigning league champions the … Miami Open to go ahead after Indian Wells axedOrganizers of the Miami Open said Monday the tournament was still set to go ahead, a day after …load_file(“/includes-n/article_most_view.html”);var wxs = (function() {return navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf(micromessenger) !== -1})();if (!wxs) {/* * * CONFIGURATION VARIABLES: EDIT BEFORE PASTING INTO YOUR WEBPAGE * * */var disqus_shortname = globaltimes; // required: replace example with your forum shortnamevar disqus_identifier = 1218992;/* * * DONT EDIT BELOW THIS LINE * * */(function () {var dsq = document.createElement(script); dsq.type = text/javascript; dsq.async = true;dsq.src = https:// + disqus_shortname +;(document.getElementsByTagName(head)[0] || document.getElementsByTagName(body)[0]).appendChild(dsq);})();}Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by comments powered by Disquswindow._taboola = window._taboola || [];_taboola.push({mode: thumbnails-a,container: taboola-below-article,placement: below article,target_type: mix});load_file(“/includes-n/footer.html”);load_file(“/includes-n/addthis.html”);

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