Miami Beach declares state of emergency and curfew as spring break crowds spark safety concerns

Too many of them come in with no intention of following the rules, and the result is that we have a level of chaos and disorder that is just more than we can handle, Gelber told CNN’s Ana Cabrera.

A curfew will be imposed in the city’s entertainment district at 8 p.m. and some streets will be closed, Gelber said Saturday at a news conference. These measures will be in effect for the next 72 hours, he said.

Roads leading from the mainland to Miami Beach will be closed to non-local traffic starting at 9 p.m. the next few nights, Gelber said.

At night it’s like a rock concert, people stand behind blocks and blocks, Yellow Cabrera said.

On Friday night, he said, someone fired a shot in the air and there was a commotion.

Other things have happened that are just as complicated, and it feels like any exchange of letters could set the process in motion, the mayor said.

The situation is getting worse by the day, Gelber said, and the pandemic is only making it worse.

The Clevelander South Beach, one of Miami Beach’s best-known hotels, announced Friday that it will temporarily halt food and beverage production due to concerns about the safety of its employees and guests.

Lately, we have become increasingly concerned about the safety of our dedicated staff and valued guests, and the city’s ability to maintain a safe environment in the area, the hotel said in a post on its website and social media.

As a result, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend food and beverage production until at least March 24, hotel management said in a statement.

Miami Beach PD on 3rd. In February, more personnel were deployed for Super Bowl weekend and President’s Day and then went straight to spring break, said Ernesto Rodriguez, Miami Beach Police Department (MBPD) spokesman, in this week’s update.

Since the 3rd. More than 900 arrests were made in the city in February, including more than 300 for misdemeanors, according to the review. At least 50% of those arrested live outside Florida.

Rodriguez told CNN Saturday that at least two dozen arrests were made Thursday and at least another dozen on Friday.

Miami-Dade police have been helping Miami Metro since Tuesday because of the rush, Rodriguez said.

Florida Highway Patrol officers also helped with traffic control on MacArthur and Julia Tuttle roads, bridges that connect the island town to the mainland, Florida State Police said in a tweet Friday.

Other agencies providing security assistance include the Coral Gables Police Department and the Miami-Dade Department of Corrections, Rodriguez said.

If you came here because you’re screwed and you want to let go because you think something is wrong, don’t come here, CNN’s Gelber said. We have extra police everywhere, we are going to arrest people, and we have done that. We will maintain order.

If you came here to be crazy, go somewhere else. We don’t want you, Gelber said.

Clevelander said management would review the situation in the coming days and decide whether to reopen or remain temporarily closed.

Employees will receive their full wages while the dining room and bar remain closed, the hotel said.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misrepresented why the Clevelander South Beach is temporarily closing its dining facility. A Cleveland resident is quitting his job because he is concerned about the safety of his employees and visitors.

CNN’s Teresa Waldrop and Holly Silverman contributed to this report.

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