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Miami Beach announces tough new rules in bid to avoid repeat of 2023 chaos...


Florida officials are set to impose some of the toughest restrictions at Miami Beach to prevent a repeat of the chaos during Spring Break 2023, which resulted in two fatal shootings and hundreds of arrests.

The Miami Beach City Commission announced earlier this month that new rules will empower the city to mandate curfews and beach closures if needed. 

Commissioner David Suarez said: 'We are shutting it down. We really mean it this time. We are not taking half-measures. We really are doing everything we can to end Spring Break.' 

Commissioner Alex Fernandez delivered a similar strong message, saying: 'We're shutting the door on spring break once and for all. Lawlessness will not be tolerated in Miami Beach. 

The decision follows the tumultuous Spring Break in 2023, marked by two fatal shootings, nearly 500 arrests, the seize of more than 100 firearms, and numerous police clashes and brawls. 

Visitors and residents can expect a significant police presence and robust enforcement of open container and noise laws during the peak spring break season in mid-March. 

Additionally, curfews could be implemented over two weekends of March 7-10 and March 14-17 is necessary. 

Other measures include bag checks, restricted beach access, DUI checkpoints, license plate readers, liquor stores shutting at 8pm and heightened police enforcement for drug possession and violent behavior. 

Towing fee will double to $516, four parking garages in South Beach will be shut down, and sidewalk cafes on famed Ocean Drive would be closed if necessary. 

Miami Beach Mayor Steven Meiner said this week: 'We need to correct these issues, we need to do it now and we're going to be very proactive. And if somebody thinks we're doing too much, well, that means we're probably doing it right."